The government published new regulations on 12 May with regards to “car” sales. According to the Government Gazette (see the download button below), a “car” refers to any vehicle designed or adapted for propulsion or haulage on a road by means of fuel, gas or electricity or any other means. This includes Passenger Cars (PCs), Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), Medium Commercial Vehicles (MCV), Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV), Extra Heavy Commercial Vehicles (XHCV), inclusive of buses, motorcycles, trailers, caravans, agricultural or any other implement designed or adapted to be drawn by such “car”.
Commercial vehicle sales will be handled in a phased approach. Phase one will allow dealerships to operate at 30% capacity, phase two at 60% capacity, and phase three at 100% capacity.
NAAMSA reported the following commercial sales for March 2020:
- Light Commercial Vehicles – 9 434
- Medium Commercial Vehicles – 632
- Heavy Commercial Vehicles – 335
- Extra Heavy Commercial Vehicles – 921
- Buses – 81
And the following for April 2020:
- Light Commercial Vehicles – 318
- Medium Commercial Vehicles – 64
- Heavy Commercial Vehicles – 8
- Extra Heavy Commercial Vehicles – 47
- Buses – 32
Even though the year-to-date totals for 2020 is lower than the year-to-date totals for 2019, it still shows that the automotive market is crucial to the survival of the economy.
According to NAAMSA, the majority of medium to extra heavy commercial vehicles sold during April 2020 belonged to the following brands:
- UD Trucks
Based on statistics from the Truck & Trailer website, we’ve seen a very similar interest in commercial vehicles, with some of the most searched brands during the last two weeks being Scania, Volvo, Hino, Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Isuzu, Toyota, Fuso and FAW.
Truck & Trailer has also seen a 15.15% increase in leads during the last 2 weeks, which clearly shows that businesses are ready to purchase and that the opening of commercial vehicle sales in level 4 will definitely have a positive impact on the South African economy.
Since competition in the automotive industry will be tight, we would like to remind dealers that online marketing is now more important than ever. Making sure that people know about your dealership and its offerings/promotions is crucial, and Truck & Trailer is geared to help dealerships across South Africa with cost-effective online marketing solutions.
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