Home > Australia > Australia March 2012: Nissan at all-time high, places X-Trail #10

Australia March 2012: Nissan at all-time high, places X-Trail #10

Nissan X-Trail

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 269 best-selling models! Click on title to see *

The Australian market continues to lodge solid month after solid month, up 4% year-on-year in March to 97,616 registrations and bringing the year-to-date total to 260,122 units, up 5% on 2011. Now it's getting really serious: after becoming Australia's favourite car over the Full Year 2011, for the first time ever the Mazda3 manages to stay #1 for 3 months in a row, leading in March with 3,818 sales and 3.9%. It is the 5th time in the last 10 months that the 3 is in pole position in Australia.

Now with Thai production levels back to normal after the floods, the Toyota Hilux is up to 2nd place for the first time since last October and only the 3rd time in the last 12 months at 3,561 units and 3.6%, ahead of the Holden Commodore, Toyota Corolla and Holden Cruze, surprisingly flat in spite of the arrival of the hatchback version.

Mazda CX-5

The Nissan Navara is up to #6 for the first time since last May and the Nissan X-Trail breaks into the Australian Top 10 possibly for the very first time at #10, making Nissan the 4th best-selling brand in the country this month after Toyota, Holden and Mazda and kicking Ford down to #6 for the first time. Nissan's 8,312 sales is the brand's all-time record in Australia since becoming a full importer over 20 years ago.

Subaru XV

Mazda also has a record month thanks to the thunderous arrival of the Mazda CX-5 in 19th position for its first full month of sales in the country with 1,419 units sold. Australia is the CX-5's 2nd best-performing country in the world so far behind the Netherlands where it ranks #18 this month... The Subaru XV continues to impress and leads the small SUV category for the 2nd month in a row with 1,002 sales and 1% share at #29.

Great Wall V-Series

Further down the ranking, the Great Wall V-Series pick-up shines at #40 with 719 units and 0.7% (and #38 year-to-date!), which means the summer of 2011-2012 will be remembered as the time the first Chinese model broke into the Australian Top 50. Other great performers this month include the VW Amarok at #52, Jeep Compass at #69, VW Jetta at #77, Hyundai i40 at #100 and Kia Optima at #101.

Previous month: Australia February 2012: Mazda3 #1, Subaru XV leads category!

One year ago: Australia March 2011: Commodore #1, Lexus CT and Chery land

Full March 2012 Top 269 Ranking Table below.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Australia
  1. May 19th, 2012 at 18:45 | #1

    Thanks Matt GR8 info … very good info especially negotiating for a deal on slow moving stock :)

  2. David
    April 23rd, 2012 at 06:32 | #2

    By the way Matt you have combined a lot of figures which are normally published separately. Do you have the separate figures for Lexus IS – sedan/convertible/IS350/ISF ? I’m also after coupe only (separate) figures for the following: E-Class, A5, 1-series, and Cerato Koup. Thanks.

  3. David
    April 23rd, 2012 at 06:20 | #3


    Hmm, interesting. Well, the figures I have for Barina for each month are: 1141, 1023, 1214. These add up to 3378. It is possible that FCAI have made a mistake, or I have…

  4. David
    April 21st, 2012 at 18:45 | #4

    A correction: Barina cumulative sales for 2012 are 3378, not 3555. You have inadvertently included 177 Barina Spark sales from March in your figure, which should be separate. The Barina Spark figure of 519, however, is correct.

    • matgasnier
      April 22nd, 2012 at 17:50 | #5

      Hi David, I have double checked these numbers and 3,555 is the official figure published by the FCAI, so I will keep it at that for the moment and see whether they will adjust in April…
      Thanks for picking this up though!

  5. April 13th, 2012 at 17:18 | #6

    I think Ford and Chevrolet is quality ‘s cars, safe. before Toyota is good but now Toyota is not safe and quality.

  6. mfabio83
    April 5th, 2012 at 17:33 | #7

    thanks for the answer!

  7. Sandeep
    April 5th, 2012 at 16:26 | #8

    Hi Matt i have the figures from http://www.caradvice.com.au

    • matgasnier
      April 5th, 2012 at 17:46 | #9

      Great thanks Sandeep

  8. Paul
    April 5th, 2012 at 09:13 | #10

    For most of its life the Falcon ran no. 2 to the Holden equivalent (Special/Kingswood/Commodore) but that has all changed the last several years. Falcon struggles to hold a place in the top ten, although since Ford replaced the Falcon wagon with the Territory model I think it would almost be fair to combine its sales with the Falcon for reference purposes, which would put it back in the top ten most months.

  9. April 5th, 2012 at 03:40 | #11

    Hi Matt,

    congratulation again for your site. Be carefull about your country data. The Total Industry you report includes truck and busses. In March 2012, for instance, light passenger market was 95.448

    • matgasnier
      April 5th, 2012 at 08:17 | #12

      Hi Carlo,
      Thanks for your comment. Traditionally in Australia sales include trucks and buses. For consistency over the years I have been keeping that figure as the monthly registrations data and not deducting trucks and buses.

  10. Sandeep
    April 5th, 2012 at 02:14 | #13

    There are 1419 units sold of the new CX-5 in March

    • matgasnier
      April 5th, 2012 at 08:16 | #14

      Thanks Sandeep! What is your source for this figure?

  11. April 5th, 2012 at 01:47 | #15

    Holdon is weak

  12. mfabio83
    April 5th, 2012 at 00:00 | #16

    it’s strange not to find any Ford in the top 10.
    Who knows ho many Falcons Ford sell in Austalia? I’d like to compare it with the sales of Holden Commodore.

    • matgasnier
      April 5th, 2012 at 17:47 | #17

      Hi Fabio,
      The Falcon sold 1,195 units in Australia in March.

  1. No trackbacks yet.
You must be logged in to post a comment.