New vehicle sales show path for recovery

File: A vehicle manufacturing plant. AFP/Ronny Hartmann

JOHANNESBURG - More people are buying new cars.

The Automotive Business Council says this is both in the commercial and individual markets.

It says there was a significant increase in May, compared with the same period last year.

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That was when the hard lockdown put the brakes on sales.

Over 38,000 vehicles were sold this May.

New passenger car sales increased by 169 percent.

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Exports are also on the rise, increasing by over 67 percent year-on-year.

The biggest improvement was for extra-heavy trucks, where sales jumped 457 percent.

But, the council says the figures are distorted due to the restrictions of the hard lockdown, and in reality show only a moderate recovery.


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