Better vehicle sales for January

Manufacturers bullish

Naamsa says new stats show that vehicle sales are on the up and up.
Vehicle sales for 2013 off on a good start

Vehicle sales during January increased by more than 14% over the same period last year, continuing a positive sales performance during the whole of last year, according to independent statistical service provider, Messrs RGT SMART, the National Association of Automobile  Manufacturers (Naamsa) announced today.

“In the event, January, 2013 aggregate new vehicle sales at 55 007 units registered an improvement of 6 805 vehicles or a gain of 14.1% compared to the 48 202 vehicles sold in January last year,” Naamsa commented.

It said all major segments recorded double digit year on year growth – new cars 12.3%, light commercials 20.0%, medium commercials 10.6%, heavy trucks 30.0% and extra heavy trucks 16.6%. 

“Moreover, the January, 2013 export sales at 17 399 vehicles reflected an improvement of 5 794 vehicles or a gain of 49.9% compared to the 11 605 vehicles exported in January last year, “ the Naamsa statement said.

Discussions are ongoing between Mercedes-Benz SA (Pty) Ltd, Daimler AG, the Department of Trade and Industry and other Stakeholders to facilitate the early resumption of full Industry sales reporting. 

“In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz South Africa would continue to provide a single total sales number for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and export sales and Messrs RGT SMART would continue to compile estimates for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle sales by segment,” the Naamsa statement said.

Overall, out of the total detailed (disaggregated) reported Industry sales of 52 775 vehicles (excluding Mercedes-Benz South Africa), 76.9% or 40 568 units represented dealer sales, 16.7% represented sales to the vehicle rental Industry, 3.2% to the government and 3.2% to Industry corporate fleets.

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