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Automotive 2019: A review of South Africa's automotive sector

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The health of South Africa’s automotive industry is strongly tied to the state of the domestic economy, with a strong correlation between economic growth rates and new-vehicle sales. The weak macroeconomic conditions battering the South African economy have slowed demand for new vehicles. New-vehicle sales have been in negative territory for the past five years, with the exception of 2017, when sales increased by 1.90%. In 2018, new-vehicle sales declined from 557 703 units to 552 190 units, and political uncertainty ahead of elections is expected to affect buying activity further, particularly when combined with economic stagnation, soaring fuel prices and Eskom’s inability to secure electricity supply. Creamer Media’s Automotive 2019 Report examines the current market conditions in South Africa’s automotive industry, including local demand, trade and investment, competitiveness and sector support, transformation, environmental considerations, and the outlook for the sector.

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