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Yes I said it, Toyota (and lions) own Botswana’s streets…but what models exactly are the savannah’s favorites?
The most recent figures available for Botswana date back to 2007: Toyota held no less than 40 percent of a very small market with 1,958 sales, ahead of Nissan at 8 percent share, VW at 5 percent, Mazda (4 percent), Mitsubishi (3 percent) and… Mercedes! (3 percent also)
I have been lucky enough to travel to Botswana myself so what I will share with you this week is the result of my observations in the country in 2007. It showed two cars clearly dominating the sales: in town the Toyota Corolla is king…
…and the savannah is the kingdom of lions, elephants and the Toyota Hilux.
All generations of the two models are represented, but with the Botswana economy doing relatively well for the region, there is a non-negligible amount of new cars in the streets. Especially compared with neighboring countries like Zimbabwe…
Pick-ups are very popular in Botswana, and apart from the Toyota Hilux, the Isuzu KB (aka D-Max) is likely to rank 3rd in the overall models line-up.
The Opel Corsa cabbie is possibly #4…
…and the Nissan Hardbody (aka Frontier) a likely #5 in the ranking. Further down, the Toyota Camry could come in at #6, making it the second best-selling passenger car.
However, the main event in the Botswana car scene in 2007 was the arrival of the new generation Toyota Land Cruiser 70, traditionally a hit with safari tours, glimpsed in the streets of Kasane (see picture above).
This estimated ranking is the result of my observations in Kasane, Botswana and its surroundings during my trip to Southern Africa in 2007. Please get in touch if you have more recent official sales data for Botswana.
2007 figures sourced in es.autoblog.com
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.