South Africa’s best and worst selling bakkies in January 2023

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Although January’s record load shedding put a damper on all industries, South Africa’s bakkie market kicked the year off on a relatively positive note.

According to Naamsa, light commercial vehicle sales last month grew by 10.4% versus January last year, with 10 622 units finding homes. By contrast, the passenger car market grew by just 2.9% to 30 199 units, while the total vehicle market gained 4.8% year-on-year.

As you might have expected, the Toyota Hilux was South Africa’s No.1 selling bakkie in January 2023, with a total volume of 2 769 units. The battle for second place was closely fought, with the Isuzu D-Max, at 1 273 sales, narrowly beating the Ford Ranger, which managed a volume of 1 269.

The Mahindra Scorpio also enjoyed an exceptionally strong month, with 886 sales putting it in fifth place overall, while the Toyota Land Cruiser Pik-Up also recorded a better-than-usual volume of 468. Good harvest this season? The ‘Cruiser beat the Nissan Navara (351) and GWM P-Series (286).

Among the lower-volume double cabs, the Mitsubishi Triton emerged victorious with 65 sales, followed by the JAC X-Series (55) and outgoing Volkswagen Amarok (51).

The Jeep Gladiator managed a not inconsiderable 32 sales, followed by its Stellantis cousin the Peugeot Landtrek, at 19. The Mazda BT-50 managed just 7 unit sales last month.


  1. Toyota Hilux – 2 769
  2. Isuzu D-Max – 1 273
  3. Ford Ranger – 1 269
  4. Nissan NP200 – 886
  5. Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 819

Source: IOL | News that Connects South Africans