South Africa: New car sales up 16% in 2011 image

New car sales in South Africa rose almost 16 percent (15.9 percent) in 2011 to 571 425 units, the Pretoria-based National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South on Tuesday said. In December, the number of units sold rose 11 percent.

But De Kock — Executive Head of Sales and Marketing at WesBank — warns that 2012 might not be as fruitful as 2011, as car prices and interest rates are expected to increase in 2012.

“Looking forward we expect moderate growth on these figures in 2012 as a result of price increases feeding through and the likelihood of a rise in interest rates. However, if market sales in 2012 match those seen last year, the industry should be reasonably happy.”

“Despite the fact that detailed sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were not reported during December – new vehicle sales ended the year 2011 on a relatively buoyant note,” NAAMSA said.

However, Naamsa said 2011 sales were well below the record total domestic market of 714 315 vehicles in 2006.

Note: Daimler Ag., based in Stuttgart, Germany, ordered the unit to stop providing figures as a commission in Europe investigates allegations of anti-competitive behavior in Europe, it said.

MANUFACTURER VOLUME
TOYOTA 10306
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP SA 7935
GMSA 5709
FMC 3919
NISSAN 3189
BMW GROUP 1908
JAGUAR LAND ROVER 612
RENAULT 602
CHRYSLER SA 524
HONDA 523
SUZUKI AUTO 435
VOLVO CARS 407
PCSA 347
TATA 342
FIAT GROUP 194
MITSUBISHI MOTORS SA 191
MAHINDRA 167
UD TRUCKS 146
CHANGAN SA 142
MAN 122
PORSCHE 111
VOLVO TRUCKS 72
SUBARU 58
SCANIA 56
IVECO 53
NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS SA 46
RENAULT TRUCKS 11
BABCOCK 9
MASERATI 9
POWERSTAR 5
SUB TOTAL 38150
AMH & AAD 5640
TOTAL 43790

TOTAL MARKETSALES YEAR SALES
Total Sales December 2011 43790
Total Sales December 2010 39455
Total Sales November 2011 49498
Total Sales November 2010 44318
Total Sales January-December 2011 570012
Total Sales January-December 2010 492907