BusinessTech reports that SUVs are traditionally built on pickup truck platforms, while crossovers are built on a sedan platform.

The demand for these vehicles has grown over time, with companies like Volkswagen gearing primarily towards that market.

According to BusinessTech, SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group’s core brand.

It is said that by 2020, the brand intends to expand its SUV range globally to 20 models, which will account for 40% of the vehicles sold by Volkswagen.

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Both Jaguar and Rolls-Royce also moving to this market, with the recent announcement that they will be producing new SUV models, while Ford has also committed to increasing its production in this segment.

Here are the top sold SUVs and crossovers in South Africa. This is based on National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Naamsa) February 2018 data.

In the compact category, the Ford EcoSport sold 814 units, while the Hyundai Creta sold 443 units, followed by the Renault Captur with 233 vehicles and Suzuki Jimny selling 92 units.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan tops the medium category with 498 vehicles sold, followed by the Hyundai Tucson with 450 units. The Mazda CX-5 sold 363 units, while the Nissan X-Trail sold 284 vehicles, with the Nissan Qashqai selling 278 units.

Toyota Fortuner sold 1 006 vehicles, leading the pack in the large category, followed by the Ford Everest with 393, while the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sold 118 units and the Land Cruiser sold 200 units. Somme 59 BMW X5s were sold.

Source: BusinessTech