CAPE TOWN Feb 3 U.S. auto-maker Ford said
on Friday sales of its vehicles in South Africa remained
resilient, despite a challenging start to the year as safety
concerns led to the recall of thousands of vehicles, a senior
company official said.
In January, Ford recalled around 4,500 Kuga SUVs sold in
South Africa after dozens of reports of the vehicles catching
fire spontaneously due to engine overheating.
With a total of 6,634 vehicles sold last month, Ford sales
were up 1.7 percent compared to the same month last year, while
the company's overall market share was 14.5 percent, Ford said
in a statement.
"We are encouraged by and grateful for the continued
customer confidence in the Ford brand... despite the challenges
relating to the safety recall announced in January for the
1.6-litre Kuga sold in South Africa in 2013 and 2014," said
Gerhard Herselman, general manager for sales at Ford's
He said Ford was committed to addressing customer concerns
as it sought to limit the impact among affected customers who
complain that Ford was tardy in its response to the Kuga
South Africa's new vehicle sales rose 3.7 percent
year-on-year to 50,333 units in January, data from the trade and
industry department showed this week.
(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Adrian Croft)