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Suzuki hits record sales despite Covid shutdown crisis

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki Auto SA  believes its sales for June 2020 have surprised the local market with  sales back at pre-lockdown levels and its dealer network breaking records.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) reports that Suzuki Auto SA has leapt up the sales chart with 1433 unit sales, all but one through its dealer network. ”This not only ranks Suzuki seventh overall in the sales rankings,” the company says, ”but also gives it a 4.49% share of the total vehicle market and a 7.17% share of the passenger market.

SUZUKI S-PRESSO leads sales surge. Image: Suzuki SA

André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto SA, told The Corner in a media release: “All credit to our national dealer network which worked very hard to re-open while meeting government and Suzuki standards for sanitation and safety.

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”Their rapid action allowed us to meet the pent-up demand for quality, affordable, vehicles such as our new S-Presso and popular Swift.”

The S-Presso found 555 buyers in its first full month of sales since the brand’s digital launch soon after ”shutdown”.

Venter added: “With a starting price of R139 900, a service plan, and five-year warranty , the S-Presso seems to be the perfect vehicle for cash-strapped South Africans looking for a reliable new car. Its design – a compact SUV with more interior space and high ground clearance, certainly helped.”

CELEBRATING A DECADE

Other Suzuki models making up the numbers were the Suzuki Swift (297 units), the Ignis (86) and the Jimny 4×4 (249).

Suzuki celebrated 10 years in SA in 2019. This year it hopes to maintain this momentum by moving into new corporate offices, with adjacent parts storage.

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