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10 best-selling bakkies in South Africa: March 2024
10 best-selling bakkies in South Africa: March 2024

10 best-selling bakkies in South Africa: March 2024

April 10, 2024
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Thonifhani Emmanuel

9 Apr 2024

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hilux navara march 2024

Brace for a massive surprise in 2nd place! Here’s your monthly look at South Africa’s best-selling (and least-popular) bakkies for March 2024…

In March 2024, South Africa’s new-vehicle market suffered its 8th consecutive month of year-on-year decline, with total sales falling 11.7% to 44 237 units. Even the usually robust light-commercial vehicle (LCV) space wasn’t spared, with registrations here dropping 4.3% year on year to 14 870 units.

So, what happened on the list of South Africa’s best-selling bakkies? Well, the Prospecton-built Toyota Hilux range – which recently welcomed 6 new mild-hybrid derivatives, with the widebody GR Sport III waiting patiently in the wings, too – was yet again the country’s most popular bakkie line-up, with 3 104 units sold.

Intriguingly, the Nissan Navara – which is produced at the Japanese firm’s Rosslyn facility in Gauteng – put in its best showing in recent memory, which secured it surprise 2nd position. Nissan reported a whopping 2 277 sales of the Navara in March 2024, up a heady 407.1% compared with its 449-unit tally in February 2024, when it placed 6th. For context, the Navara’s best effort in 2023 was 581 units, which it achieved in February of that year.

While it’s not clear exactly how Nissan achieved such a significant month-on-month increase in Navara sales, it’s interesting to note that as many as 2 153 of those units came via the dealer channel, with a further 98 units sold to the government and 26 listed as so-called “single” registrations (representing bakkies the automaker kept for its own use). As an aside, teaser images of a new-generation Navara were recently revealed overseas, but our information suggests such a model is a long way off for our market.

Isuzu D-Max Single Cab LS
The local D-Max range recently welcomed new single-cab derivatives.

But back to the sales table. The Isuzu D-Max (2 095 units, 542 of which represented purchases by the government) again completed the podium, with the Struandale-manufactured range having recently been bolstered by fresh single-cab derivatives. That meant the Silverton-built Ford Ranger line-up – which recently gained both Tremor and Platinum derivatives – had to settle for a fairly unfamiliar 4th position in March 2024, with 1 954 units sold.

While Rosslyn production of the Nissan NP200 has already wrapped up, the company’s local division recently confirmed  that it had managed to manufacture some “additional” stock. As such, it’s no surprise to see the half-tonner slot into 5th position last month, with 1 113 units sold. Meanwhile, thanks to the Navara’s shock performance, the KwaZulu-Natal-assembled Mahindra Pik Up (744 units) fell a ranking to 6th.

China’s GWM P-Series (591 units) retained 7th place, while the updated Toyota Land Cruiser 79 range – which now includes the option of 4-cylinder power and an automatic transmission – climbed a spot to 8th, with 454 registrations. The SA-built Volkswagen Amarok (421 units) thus slipped a ranking to 9th, while the GWM Steed (76 units) again closed out the table.

Best of the rest in March 2024: bakkies outside the top 10

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Peugeot sold 60 examples of the Landtrek last month.

So, which bakkies didn’t crack the top 10 in March 2024? Well, the JAC T-Series – the Chinese automaker unfortunately reports only a combined figure for its T6, T8 and new T9 line-ups, so we can’t place it in the top 10 – managed 131 units, finishing ahead of the Peugeot Landtrek (60 units), Mitsubishi Triton (53 units) and Mahindra Bolero (25 units).

Though the Mazda BT-50 has been discontinued in South Africa, the Japanese firm’s local division sold 12 units in March 2024. That meant the Jeep Gladiator (a facelifted version is set to launch in Mzansi only towards the end of 2024) again brought up the rear, ending the 3rd month of the 2024 on 5 registrations.

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