SA’s best-selling double-cab bakkies YTD (August 2023)

SA’s best-selling double-cab bakkies YTD (August 2023)

It’s a question we’re often asked: which bakkie leads the double-cab sales race in South Africa? Well, we finally have the answer. Check out year-to-date sales for Mzansi’s most popular double cabs…

Month in and month out, we collate a list of South Africa’s most-popular bakkies, based on sales figures that incorporate all 3 body styles. But there’s a question that’s often left unanswered: which is the best-selling double-cab bakkie in the land? Yes, you asked and we listened.

Since Naamsa’s monthly sales figures unfortunately don’t include a breakdown of the available bakkie body styles (single-, extended- and double-cab shapes), we’ve turned to our studious friends over at Lightstone Auto for a little help to identify Mzansi’s best-selling double-cab bakkies over the opening 8 months of 2023.

Year to date, the Ford Ranger is SA’s best-selling double-cab bakkie.

Before we dive into those figures, let’s take a step back and consider what the overall table – including all body styles – looks like year to date. So far in 2023, according to Naamsa figures, the Prospecton-built Toyota Hilux is leading the bakkie pack with 25 092 units, followed by the Silverton-made Ford Ranger (16 182 units) and the Struandale-produced Isuzu D-Max (13 174 units).

Lightstone Auto’s figures, however, show the Ford Ranger is ruling the double-cab bakkie sales roost in South Africa so far this year, with 13 892 units (1 884 of which came in August 2023) registered – or fascinatingly about 85% of its total. Note this figure includes the flagship Raptor derivative, which is imported from Thailand rather than built at Silverton alongside all other variants of the Ranger.

After the 1st 8 months of 2023, the Hilux is 1 601 units behind the Ranger in the double-cab sales race.

The Toyota Hilux thus currently finds itself in 2nd place on the list of SA’s best-selling double-cab bakkies, with 12 291 units – or around 49% of its total – sold around the country over the opening 8 months of the year (including 1 684 units in August 2023). For the record, that puts the Japanese stalwart 1 601 units off the pace when only 4-door derivatives are considered.

The final spot on the double-cab bakkie podium goes to the Isuzu D-Max, with 6 125 units sold, year to date (so, 6 166 units behind the 2nd-placed Hilux). From what we understand, this figure – which represents approximately 46% of total D-Max sales this year – includes 4-door versions of both the current-generation D-Max as well as the prolonged-lifecycle Gen 6 line-up.

Isuzu’s D-Max completes the double-cab bakkie sales podium, year to date.

According to Lightstone Auto, double-cab derivatives of all other bakkies available in this body style total 11 609 units, year to date.

SA’s best-selling double-cab bakkies YTD (August 2023)

1. Ford Ranger – 13 892 units

2. Toyota Hilux – 12 291 units

3. Isuzu D-Max – 6 125 units

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