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Suzuki is South Africa’s new favourite passenger car brand

Suzuki South Africa achieved record sales in May, becoming the country’s biggest passenger vehicle brand, said the company.

The carmaker saw a record sales jump of 630 vehicles in the past month, leading to a new overall sales record of 4,331 units sold.

This firmly establishes Suzuki as the third-largest vehicle manufacturer in South Africa.

The sales

While Toyota and VW had greater total sales in May, a portion of these reported sales accounted for light commercial vehicles, and VW’s figures also encompass sales for Audi.

Excluding LCVs, Toyota sold 3,998 passenger vehicles last month, while VW sold 3,939 units, after subtracting Audi’s sales from the total figure.

At 4,331 units sold, Suzuki became South Africa’s best-selling passenger car brand this May.

Suzuki’s growth and popularity with South African motorists can largely be attributed to its large selection of affordable entry-level vehicles.

Of the 4,331 total, Suzuki sold 3,100 of its cars in retail through dealerships, breaking through the 3,000 unit milestone, and a further 1,229 units were sold to the government, rental, and sales fleets.

Furthermore, Naamsa’s monthly vehicle sales report also revealed that the Suzuki Swift was South Africa’s best-selling vehicle in May at 1,764 vehicles finding new owners.

The brand’s other best-selling models included the S-Presso with 783 units, the Vitara Brezza at 530 units, the Jimny with 428 units, and the Ertiga at 305 units.

What’s next

Since opening its doors to the local market for the first time in 2008, Suzuki South Africa has expanded and now has 81 dealerships across the country.

Suzuki’s latest model, the new Baleno, is set to release in the first week of June, promising a more powerful engine, a new look, and an updated set of standard features for a starting price of R225,900.

“We hope to set a new standard for the compact hatchback market and welcome even more people to the Suzuki family,” said the company.

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