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The South African commercial vehicle market recorded a 7.5% decline in sales in April, compared to year-to-date figures from 2017, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, Associated Motor Holdings, and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors.

April sales also fell short by 22.1% compared to the previous month.

Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Truck South Africa, attributes the decline to trucks recently being targeted for attack, industry strikes, and several public holidays during the month.

Extra heavy commercial vehicles did see an 8.1% increase compared to April 2017. Medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales fell by 12.1% and 8.5%, respectively.

The country has seen 7,674 new commercial vehicles sold so far in 2018.