Move over, Toyota. South Africa has a new best-selling car.
During the month of May, Suzuki sold 4 250 new vehicles putting it in the number one spot usually reserved for Toyota.
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, the country’s second favourite car brand in May was Volkswagen with 4 468 vehicles sold. This includes Audi.
In third place was Toyota with 3 998 vehicles. Toyota’s total sales also include their luxury car brand Lexus, although it only adds a small number of sales.
News24 reports that Toyota’s Prospecton Plant in Durban suspended operations almost two months ago due to the recent floods, which have hindered the local production of the Toyota Corolla Cross and Quest models.
According to Toyota, stock shortages were a big problem for the Japanese manufacturer locally. This meant the automaker had to depend on other resources like the imported Urban Cruiser and the Rumion.
Last month, Suzuki sold 1 764 units of its Swift model compared to Volkswagen’s Polo with 1 124 units and 1 179 Polo Vivo units.
Although it was a bad month for Toyota, it still managed to sell 294 Land Cruiser pick-ups, 157 Prado units and 162 Land Cruiser 300 units.
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