"Aggregate domestic sales in April, at 35 779 units, reflected a decline of 7 649 units, or 17.6%, from the 43 428 vehicles sold in March. Export sales also recorded a fall of 12 619 units, or 32.2%, to 26 522 units in April compared to the 39 141 vehicles exported in March,” according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa)
Naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa said that the configuration of public holidays and consequent fewer selling days impacted on the new vehicle sales and export performance during April compared to March.
According to a Naamsa report, sales in the medium and heavy truck segments of the industry also reflected a negative performance and at 511 units and 1 478 units, respectively, a fall of 163 units, or 24.2% in the case of medium commercial vehicles, and, in the case of heavy trucks and buses, a fall of 313 vehicles, or a decline of 17.5% compared to the previous month.
“The April export sales number of 26 522 units reflected a decline of 12 619 vehicles, or 32.2%, compared to the 39 141 vehicles exported in March. For the first four months of 2021 vehicle exports were now 48.3% above the corresponding period last year,” Mabasa said.