Toyota Sold the Most Vehicles in South Africa in May Headed by Its Urban Cruiser Compact SUV with 1 213 Units

Toyota Sold the Most Vehicles in South Africa in May Headed by Its Urban Cruiser Compact SUV with 1 213 Units

  • Toyota South Africa sold 6 664 units in May to take the top spot in vehicle sales as the company continues to be hampered by the damage to its Prospecton Plant in Durban that caused it to suspend the operation
  • The facility produces Corolla Cross and Quest as well as segment leaders Hilux, Hiace Ses’fikile and Fortuner – while also assembling a variety of Hino commercial vehicles
  • The top-selling models included the Urban Cruiser (1 213) and Rumion (834) which found mass appeal in the local market

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Toyota South Africa is still reeling from the devastating floods that ravaged its Prospecton Plant. Production at the facility has been put on hold since 11 April 2022. The Japanese carmaker builds the Corolla Cross and Quest and its Hilux, Hiace and Fortuner models.

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Toyota’s Urban Cruiser, south africa
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is imported to South Africa from India. Image: MotorPress
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According to MotorPress, with most of Toyota’s best sellers hampered by stock shortages in May, the company’s marketing machinery had to redirect resources to enhance its support for completely built-up or imported units. TSAM is therefore pleased that models such as the Urban Cruiser (1,213) and Rumion (834) are finding mass appeal in the local market.

The company's larger vehicles in the SUV segment also had a good sales month. 294 Land Cruiser pick-up models were sold and 157 of the luxury Prado SUV. The brand's newest Land Cruiser the LC 300 found 162 new homes.

Toyota's luxury brand Lexus sold 67 cars including 20 units of its ES sedan, and 16 LX of its flagship SUV and the other SUVs the RX and UX both selling 10 each.

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Hino, TSAM’s truck division, also had a strong showing with a total of 217 units retailed in May.

Leon Theron, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TSAM.

“We are quite content to have held on to the market leader position for another month since the temporary closure of our plant in Durban."

Toyota SA’s sales dipped to Below 9 000 Vehicles As It Reels From the Devastating Kwa Zulu Natal Floods

Toyota South Africa Motors suffered due to the devastating floods in Kwa-Zulu Natal as its sales in April slowed to less than 10 000 units, Briefly News reports.

The first time it happened in 2022 The carmaker saw damage to vehicles at its Prospecton Plant in Durban last month and saw only 8 952 units on the sales charts.

The perennial favourite in the light-commercial vehicle segment was the Hilux was – once again – the top performer while the Corolla Cross made a strong showing in the Passenger segment. The Corolla Cross sold 1 421 units to propel the company to 4 486 in the passenger stake. Notable top performers included the Urban Cruiser (613), Fortuner (618) and Starlet (510).

Source: Briefly News

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Sean Parker Sean Parker is a motoring journalist with over 10 years' experience, who started out in the industry as the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists' Bursar student. Since then, the Cape Town-born editor has gone on to launch a national newspaper called Gears and Gadgets and worked for the country's premier online and print motoring publications before joining Briefly News to head up its Car & Tech section. He enjoys watching live sport and can't wait for F1 to make its debut in Mzansi.