South Africa’s Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in 2023. In the face of economic challenges, the South African motor industry has shown remarkable resilience in the first half of 2023. Despite shrinking disposable incomes and ongoing hardships, there are certain cars that have managed to maintain their status as clear favorites among South African consumers. Let’s take a closer look at South Africa’s top 10 best-selling cars in 2023.
South Africa’s Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in 2023
- Toyota Hilux – The Unstoppable Champion
Topping the charts is the ever-popular Toyota Hilux, which has managed to attract a staggering 18,801 new customers from January to June. With its impressive sales figures, the Hilux alone accounted for 7% of the total 265,281 new vehicles sold in the country during this period.
This bakkie has firmly established itself as a favorite among South African motorists, offering reliability, durability, and versatility. With a starting price of R356,600, the Hilux continues to dominate the market.
- Ford Ranger – A Worthy Challenger
Coming in at a strong second place is the Ford Ranger, another favorite among South African car buyers. While it may not have reached the same sales figures as the Hilux, the Ranger still managed to impress with 11,726 units sold in the first half of the year.
Priced at R494,400, this robust and capable bakkie appeals to those seeking a combination of power and style.
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- Toyota Corolla Cross – Rising in Popularity
The Toyota Corolla Cross has been steadily gaining popularity and secures the third spot on the list. With 10,604 units sold, this crossover vehicle has surpassed the third-most-popular bakkie – the Isuzu D-Max – by a significant margin.
Priced at R404,400, the Corolla Cross offers the practicality of an SUV with the efficiency and maneuverability of a hatchback, making it an attractive choice for South African motorists.
- Isuzu D-Max – A Trusted Workhorse
The Isuzu D-Max takes the fourth place with around 10,000 units sold. This bakkie has earned a reputation as a reliable workhorse, suitable for both business and leisure purposes.
With a starting price of R431,800, the D-Max offers robust performance and versatility for those who require a tough vehicle for their daily activities.
- VW Polo Vivo – A Compact Favorite
The VW Polo Vivo secures the fifth spot on the list with 9,936 units sold. This compact car has consistently been a top choice among South African motorists, thanks to its affordability, fuel efficiency, and reliable performance. With a starting price of R248,500, the Polo Vivo continues to offer excellent value for money.
- Toyota Hiace and 7. Toyota Starlet – Versatility and Style
The sixth and seventh places are occupied by two Toyota models: the Hiace and the Starlet. The Hiace, with 8,469 units sold, is a versatile minibus suitable for various transportation needs, while the Starlet, with 8,355 units sold, offers a stylish and compact option for those seeking an everyday car. These models, priced at R543,900 and R248,400 respectively, cater to different segments of the market.
- Suzuki Swift – Fun and Affordable
Taking the eighth spot is the Suzuki Swift, which recorded 8,193 sales in the first half of 2023. This compact hatchback is known for its nimble handling, fuel efficiency, and affordable price tag of R199,900, making it an attractive option for urban dwellers and budget-conscious buyers.
- Nissan NP200 – Compact Bakkie in Demand
The Nissan NP200 ranks ninth on the list, with 6,757 units sold. This compact bakkie has captured the attention of South African consumers, particularly those in need of a small utility vehicle. With a starting price of R226,000, the NP200 offers practicality and versatility for a range of applications.
- Toyota Fortuner – Rugged Elegance
Closing out the top 10 is the Toyota Fortuner, a rugged yet elegant SUV that has garnered 5,995 sales over the same period. Priced at R673,100, the Fortuner offers a blend of style, comfort, and off-road capability, making it a popular choice for adventure enthusiasts and families alike.
The first half of 2023 has showcased the resilience and growth of the South African automotive industry, with certain cars emerging as clear favorites among consumers. The top 10 best-selling cars in the country reflect the diverse needs and preferences of South African motorists, ranging from bakkies and crossovers to compact hatchbacks and SUVs.
Brands like Toyota, Ford, and Volkswagen have proven their popularity, offering reliable, versatile, and cost-effective options. As the year progresses, it will be interesting to see if any new contenders emerge and if electric and hybrid vehicles gain more traction among South African car buyers.