If you are walking around the streets of Mbabane, you will immediately notice that you are surrounded by Volkswagen and Toyota braded vehicles. These two brands are the most popular in Swaziland and by far it dominates the car markets in the country. The core reasons for the dominance of Volkswagen and Toyota in the Swazi market are the easily availability and cheap price of spare parts as well as the availability of garages that handle minor servicing and maintenance, paint as well as heavy maintenance of those vehicles. Recently, the models Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Corolla are the most widely wanted in the market.
Models such as Toyota Vitz and Volkswagen Beetle are very popular due to their lower price and low fuel consumption; their small size also makes them easy for parking. They have lot of advantages to the urban life.
Brands such as Mazda (with the 323), Nissan, Honda, Ford (with the Fiesta), Opel (with the Corsa), Mercedes and Hyundai, etc. also have significant share in the Swazi market. However, due to their expensive price, high price of spare parts, uneasy access to garages of some of these brands, relatively higher fuel consumption, re-sale value, etc. they are less popular.
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