South Africa 2004-2005: Corolla #1, Citi Golf and Tazz in Top 5
The South African market is euphoric in 2005, gaining 25% on 2004 to reach 537,605 registrations. The Toyota Corolla holds the pole position in the country over the period, establishing itself at 7.3% of the market during in the Full Year 2005 ranking. The VW Polo, boosted by its Classic (sedan) version, is #2 in 2005 with 32,781 sales and 6.1%, and the Toyota Hilux is stable at #4 (5.1%).
Two South African curiosities rank within the Top 5 during the period: the VW Citi Golf, #3 in 2005 with 27,928 sales (5.2%), is exclusive to South Africa and the region and is a restyled 1st generation Golf produced locally and launched in 1985 in the country. The Toyota Tazz, also exclusive to the region (and very successful in neighbouring Botswana and Namibia) is a 1988 Toyota Corolla almost identical to the original. It ranks 4th in 2005 with 23,601 sales and 4.4% share.
Full Top 15 October 2004 and Top 5 Full Year 2005 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below.
South Africa October 2004:
|4||VW Citi Golf||2,139||5.3%|
|8||Mercedes C Class||1,558||3.8%|
|13||Opel Corsa Utility||1,007||2.5%|
|15||BMW 3 Series||909||2.2%|
South Africa Full Year 2005:
|3||VW Citi Golf||27,928||5.2%|