9 of the major 10 offering cars in 2020 were South African-built passenger cars and trucks and light-weight commercial motor vehicles.

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India was the top region of origin for car or truck imports into South Africa inspite of the prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns and over-all declines in auto profits in 2020, in accordance to the 2021 Automotive Export Manual report unveiled on Friday by the Automotive Marketplace Export Council. The report states that India has been proven by several world wide brands as a production hub for entry-level and little cars, and most of the autos imported from the region fell into these categories.

Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo was the only auto in these segments that were being created locally in South Africa in 2020. The 87,953 units imported from India accounted for 43.2 % of full passenger cars and trucks and light industrial vehicles imported by South Africa.

Nine of the top rated 10 providing motor vehicles in 2020 were being South African-designed passenger cars and mild business autos. An fascinating phenomenon is that South African motorists are far more inclined to rather generate bakkies (pickups), which have each business and leisure car programs, than passenger cars.

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This was very good information for Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, the neighborhood subsidiary of the Indian automotive producer. The Mahindra Pik Up has been the fastest growing variety of bakkies in the past three several years.

“There is a sturdy and growing bond involving India and South Africa. Not only trades between the two nations around the world robust, but South Africa is a perfect springboard for Indian items into the relaxation of the continent. This is particularly real for our array of Pik Up products, which is assembled domestically and exported to international locations in the Southern African Progress Group,” Gupta advised PTI.

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, South African car exports declined by a large 115,804 units to 271,288 models in 2020, from the file 387,092 autos exported in 2019, with the export worth declining by Rs 26.8 billion from the Rs 148. billion in 2019 to Rs 121.2 billion in 2020.

Regardless of this, the report remained optimistic about the automotive sector for the existing calendar year, dependent on the steps of governments in response to the pandemic as nicely as the vaccine and how it is rolled out.

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