Isuzu’s N-Series remains a strong performer, raking in the most commercial vehicles sales in February 2019. Pic: SUPPLIED
Isuzu’s N-Series remains a strong performer, raking in the most commercial vehicles sales in February 2019. Pic: SUPPLIED

The monthly sales indicators show that although new passenger vehicle sales continue to slump, the commercial vehicle sector performed  very well in February 2019.

The 27,000 passenger cars sold were down 13.3% compared with the same period in 2018.

However, in total 662 medium commercial vehicles were sold, a 14.3% improvement bolstered by 83 more vehicles sold. The heavy trucks sector saw 1,466 units sold, 108 units more (8% more) than the corresponding month in 2018.

The entire commercial vehicle sector, which includes bakkies and minibuses, stood at 14,123 units during February 2019, which is a noteworthy improvement of 932 units, or a gain of 7.1%, from the 13,191 light commercial vehicles sold during the corresponding month in 2018.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) says it expects the commercial vehicle market to continue to register growth over the medium term, while low growth in the passenger side will continue until after the general elections in May. Post-election policy reforms and the government’s  commitment to revitalise the country’s  economy is expected to jolt economic growth rates, which should translate into improved domestic sales numbers.


Top 10 Selling Commercial Vehicles for February 2019

Isuzu N-Series  — 170

Volvo FH Series — 161

Hino 300 Series — 142

M.A.N TGS        — 110

Isuzu F-Series  — 80

Hino 500 Series — 79

Iveco Daily        — 69  

Volvo FM Series — 65

Scania G-Series — 52

Scania R-Series — 52

* Statistics exclude Mercedes-Benz Trucks/Fuso who do not report their detailed monthly sales.