Brian Joss –
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) finished off the third quarter of 2015 with continued strong sales for several of its key models. Rounding off the September 2015 results, FMCSA finished the month with an overall tally of 6 351 sales. Year to date FMCSA sold 58 804 vehicles and are up 7%.
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), September, 2015 aggregate new vehicle sales at 55 322 had declined by 5 460 units or 9.0% from the 60 782 vehicles sold in September last year. Overall, out of the total reported Industry sales of 55 322 vehicles, an estimated 42 993 units or 77.7% represented dealer sales, 15.3% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.7% constituted sales to government and 3.3% to industry corporate fleets.
“There’s no doubt that domestic vehicle sales are under pressure in South Africa due to the tough prevailing economic climate, however Ford has maintained impressive year-on-year growth despite the tough trading conditions,” says Gerhard Herselman, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa General Manager, Sales.
“The Ranger continues to set trends in the light commercial vehicle sector, and this will be stepped up a gear when we roll out the exceptional new model this month.” Total sales for the Ranger reached 2 865 vehicles in September, representing a year-to-date increase of 30.8%.
“It’s also encouraging seeing that demand for the EcoSport continues unabated, claiming its title as leader in the compact SUV segment with 919 sales in September.”
The Ford Fiesta once again stood out with its combination of exceptional value, award-winning and highly efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, plus its impressive range of smart technologies with 933 sales for the month.
Similarly, the even more sophisticated Ford Focus topped out on 486, making this the third highest sales for this year.
Ford still has several new model launches scheduled for the final quarter of 2015. The all-new Everest has already been launched: the Figo and Ranger to follow later this month.