March 24, 2018
Let us look at the car sales in South Africa for January 2018, and see which cars fell into the top ten category. According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or Naamsa, the aggregate new vehicle sales were 45 888 units.1 The 10 most popular cars are listed below.
Why is this car is so popular? The Polo Vivo is highly regarded for its impressive Volkswagen face, as well as its large boot volume of 270 litres. The latter can be expanded to 635 litres by folding the back seat down.2 The chassis design has made the Polo Vivo the safest car regarding the A0 entry level category. The suspension is based on the McPherson strut, and the lower wishbones provide excellent steering stability. The 1.4-litre engine has a power output of 55 kW, with a torque of 132 Nm. It travels from 0-100 km/hour in 12.2 seconds, with a maximum speed of 177 km/hour. It is also easy on fuel consumption at 6.2 litres/100 km.
Here, we will discuss the Toyota Corolla Quest.3 In its class, the Quest provides the best interior design as well as power. The stability and rigidity of the body is superb. The new generation Corolla Quest has a 1.6-litre petrol engine, producing 90 kW. The fuel consumption is claimed to be 6.6 litres/100 km.4
Made in India, this car is well established in the South African market.5 It has a 1.5-litre engine, that provides 66 kW, and 132 Nm of torque. It’s nippy at reaching 0-100 km/hour in 11.3 seconds, and its fuel economy is 6 litres/100 km.
The original Fortuner has sold extremely well, and this new model looks and feels much better.6 The new range encompasses 8 models. The 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Automatic model has a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, delivering 130 kW of power and a high torque of 450 Nm, via a 6-speed automatic gearbox. For its size, the Fortuner does the 0-100 km/hour in 10.8 seconds, with 180 km/hour as the maximum. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 8 litres/100 km.
The Hyundai Grand i10 has inherited features from the i10 and the i20.7 It has a boot space of 256 litres. A 1.2-litre engine powers the Grand, delivering 64 kW and 120 Nm, with an amazing fuel consumption at a verified 5.9 litres/100 km for the manual model. The Grand is available in 3 derivatives, namely, the 1.25 Motion manual, the 1.25 Fluid manual, and the 1.25 Fluid automatic.
The VW Polo certainly belongs to the most popular VW car category. The 6th generation Polo was to have been launched towards the end of January 2018. The Polo has been redesigned, and is available with a choice of 6 engines. 8 Of these, the most powerful is the Polo GTI, which has a 2.0-litre engine producing 147 kW and 320 Nm.
The original Rav4 made a massive impression on the SUV market. It has deviated from the serious off-road scene to a vehicle now adapted more for touring.9 In South Africa, 3 different engines are available, with the 2.2-litre diesel being the most attractive. It delivers 110 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque, via a 6-speed manual gearbox, with all-wheel drive. Fuel consumption is at an amazing 5.6 litres/100 km.
The VW Golf is admired by millions of fans worldwide, and has always played a prominent part in South African motoring.10 Manufacturers claim that the latest version, the Golf 7, is the best they have ever produced.The starting model is the 1.2 TSI that produces 77 kW, using BlueMotion technology. Fuel consumption is a meagre 4.9 litres/100 km.
The 1.2-litre Kappa unit in the Smart delivers 61 kW and 122 Nm.11 Owing to its kerb weight being only 961 kg, the Picanto is as nippy as ever. The 5-speed gearbox is slick and great to operate. Claimed fuel consumption of 4.6 litres/100 km was verified at 5.2 litres/100 km/hour, which is still remarkable.
The range provides two engines, namely, the naturally aspirated 1.3-litre engine, producing 70 kW of power and 137 Nm of torque. Fuel economy is 6.1 litres/100 km. The other version is a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine connected to either a manual or automatic gearbox. Fuel consumption for the manual 1.5-litre engine is 6.3 litres/100 km, and 6.7 litres/100 km for the automatic version.Now that you have seen the list of 10 most popular cars at the beginning of 2018, you’re in a good position to choose the car of your dreams.
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