Australia October 2017: First pole position for the new gen Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 is the best-seller in Australia in October. Picture chasingcars.com.au

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The Australian new vehicle market is up 2.6% year-on-year in October to 95.763 registrations, beating the pervious October record established five years ago (95.584 in October 2012). The year-to-date tally is on track for a third consecutive record year, up 0.5% on the same period a year ago to 984.931 units. SUVs outsell passenger cars again with 38.5% of the market (+1.2%) vs. 38% (-3.8%) while light commercials are up 18.5% to 20% share, pulled by a stunning 25.2% growth from 4×4 pickups, or “utes” as they are called here. Private sales are down 0.5% to 42.419 units or 44.3% share vs. 45.7% a year ago whereas business sales are up 3.5% to 39.639 or 41.4% share vs. 41% in October 2016. Rental sales amount to 7.199 and government sales to 3.097.

As of October 20, the Australian car manufacturing industry is no more.

In terms of sales by state/territory, the biggest increase is delivered by Western Australia rallying back up 12.8% to 8.548 sales, ahead of South Australia up 7% to 5.831, Queensland up 5.9% t 17.860, Northern Territory up 4.3% to 744, Australian Capital Territory up 2.6% to 1.448, Victoria up 2% to 28.098, and New South Wales up 1.9% to 32.454 whereas Tasmania is down 3.5% to 1.870. The most popular country sources are Japan at 27.062 (+5.4%), Thailand at 22.826 (+7.4%), South Korea at 15.395 (+10.8%), Germany at 7.309 (-2.8%) and Australia at 5.129 (-28.6%). This last figure is set to thaw rapidly to zero as local manufacturer Holden has historically ended Australian production on October 20, and this after 69 years of continuous car manufacturing in the country and 161 years of manufacturing, as the the company was first started by James Alexander Holden in 1856, specialising in leather goods and saddles. More on the end of Australian car manufacturing here.

The Mazda CX-5 is back in the SUV lead. 

Brand leader Toyota outpaces the market with a 9.1% year-on-year gain to 18.6% share while Hyundai (+1.1%) climbs onto the 2nd spot for the first time in 12 months. Mazda (+1.7%) is knocked down to #3, Holden (+2.7%) is back to the 4th spot it holds year-to-date – and posts its first positive month since last January – with Ford (-11.1%) rounding up the Top 5 as is also the case YTD. In the Top 10, Mitsubishi (+6.2%), Subaru (+12.7%) and Kia (+20.1%) also shine whereas Nissan is down 17.6% but back up three spots on September to #9. Further down, Audi (+9.7%), Honda (+13.7%), Isuzu Ute (+17.5%) and Land Rover (+24.9%) make themselves noticed all the while Mercedes (-13.9%), Renault (-18.7%) and Jeep (-32.9%) all struggle. Peugeot is up 51%, Lamborghini up 50% and the fastest-growing brands in market are Chinese Great Wall (+173%), LDV (+134%) as well as Maserati (+132%) and McLaren (+100%).

Hyundai looks to be onto a smashing success with the Kona in Australia. 

Model-wise, there is a surprise atop the ranking: the Hyundai i30 shoots up five spots on September to land in pole position with sales up 47% to 4.2% share. It is the first time this generation of i30, launched earlier this year, leads the Australian charts and the nameplate’s first podium and #1 spot since June 2016. In total, the i30 has now ranked #1 in the monthly Australian charts seven times, the first being in June 2015. Add to these September 2015March 2016April 2016 and May 2016. The most impressive element in this month’s i30 victory is the fact that it was achieved without the help of cutthroat pricing as the 2015-2016 wins were accompanied with a sub-$20k drive-away pricing for a car that was in runout mode. After being outsold by the Ford Ranger last month, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the advantage both overall and in the 4×4 category (2.970 vs. 2.648 sales), cementing its YTD lead at 4% share (+14%) vs. 3.6% (+18%) for the Ranger, down to #4 in October. The Toyota Corolla (-4%) remains in third place as it is YTD (-7%).

2018 Holden Commodore. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.au 

For its last full month as a locally-produced car and before being replaced by a locally-tuned rebadge of the imported new gen Opel Insignia, the Holden Commodore is up a splendid 15% to retain its spot in the Top 5, bypassing the Mitsubishi Triton year-to-date to climb back up to #9. The Mazda CX-5, boosted up an impressive 35% by the new generation, is back in the SUV throne it has held for the past four consecutive years. With the Hyundai Tucson sinking 23% to #16 in October, the CX-5 consolidates its YTD SUV lead to just under 1.000 units. The VW Golf is up 29% to snap its first Top 10 ranking since May 2016 and the Mitsubishi Triton surges 85% to #10. Other great gainers in the Top 20 include the Honda Civic (+53%), Nissan Navara (+21%), Isuzu D-Max (+18%) and Holden Colorado (+17%).

The Kia Stinger has landed in Australia. 

Further down, the Hyundai Kona goes from 71 units during its inaugural month in September to 857 in October, breaking into the Australia Top 50 at #37 and already beating the Toyota C-HR’s best month (784 last August) and headed towards the small SUV lead held this month by the Mitsubishi ASX (1.542), Subaru XV (1.182) and Mazda CX-3 (1.106). The other September launches are also up: the LDV T60 is up 77 ranks to #132 and the VW Arteon is up 57 to #153. The Honda CR-V is up 102%, the Holden Astra up 23-fold, the Subaru Impreza up 850%, the VW Amarok up 62%, the Toyota Land Cruiser Ute up 111% and the Kia Carnival up 47%. This month we welcome the Kia Stinger directly at #92 and the Renault Zoe at #278

Previous month: Australia September 2017: Ford Ranger best-seller for the first time

One year ago: Australia October 2016: Two pickups (utes) on top for the first time

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Australia September 2017: Ford Ranger best-seller for the first time

The Ford Ranger tops the Australian sales charts for the first time this month. Picture caradvice.com.au 

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The Australian new vehicle market is down 2.4% year-on-year in September to 100.200 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is now only 0.2% ahead of the volume over the same period a year ago at a record 889.168 units. SUVs confirms their domination with a 38.9% market share ahead of 38.1% for passenger cars but commercials improve the most at 23% share. Private sales continue to struggle at -6% to 45.322 while business sales are down a more restrained 2.6% to 40.453. The market limits its fall thanks to strong rentals (7.789) and government fleets (3.241). All States and territories are in decline this month, with New South Wales the best performing at -0.7% to 34.168, followed by Victoria at -2.3% to 28.096, Queensland down 2.7% to 19.175 and Western Australia down 3.1% to 8.401. 65.088 petrol-powered cars found a buyer in September vs. 35.112 diesel, of which 60% are commercial vehicles. As far as country of origin is concerned, the leading one is Japan with 27.920 (-1%), ahead of Thailand at 25.251 (-2%), South Korea at 14.903 (+2%), Germany at 8.217 (+5%), Australia at 5.512 (-28%), the U.S. at 3.879 (-11%), the UK at 2.899 (-4%), Spain at 1.263 (-20%) and Hungary at 1.218 (+14%).

The Tiara was the first Toyota produced in Australia, in 1963. Local production ended this week.

Ending its local production after 54 years this week, Toyota remains by far the most popular carmaker in Australia, even outpacing the market with a 4% gain to 17.3% share vs. 18.3% year-to-date. Mazda (-14%) and Hyundai (-12.8%) round up the podium but struggle while Mitsubishi is up 5.4% to 7.1% in 4th place mainly thanks to fleet. Holden, whose Commodore is scheduled to end local production on October 20, falls a harsh 19.6% to just 37 units above archenemy Ford (-6%). Volkswagen (+11.9%), Subaru (+14.6%), Mercedes (+24.5%) and Kia (+26.4%) all post double-digit gains to complete the Top 10. Below, Honda (+16.1%), Skoda (+25%), LDV (+74.4%), Alfa Romeo (+82.7%), Citroen (+86.1%) and Peugeot (+159.2%) lodge the largest year-on-year gain in the remainder of the Top 30, the latter two thanks to a new Australian distributor.

Kia Stinger – Kia delivers the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +26.4%.First ever Australia Top 10 ranking for the Mitsubishi Outlander.

But the event of the month is to be found in the models ranking. For the first time in history, the Ford Ranger is the best-selling nameplate in Australia, thanks to deliveries up a whopping 49% year-on-year to 4.318 units, setting a new market share record at 4.3%. It is the first time in over six years – since July 2011, the last time the Holden Commodore ranked 1st – that a non-Asian model is #1 in Australia. This month the Ranger accounts for an incredible (/unhealthy?) 63% of Australian Ford sales vs. 54% so far in 2017. For the first time since January 2016, the Ranger outsells its archenemy the Toyota Hilux, itself up a very solid 19% to 3.822 units. In the lucrative 4×4 pickup segment, the Ranger wins even more easily (3.769 vs. 2.907). The Ranger is therefore the second “ute” (Australian slang for pickup) to ever lead Australian sales after the Hilux. Indeed, if having two utes atop of the Australian sales charts now seems like the new normal, it’s only less than a year ago, in October 2016, that it happened for the first time ever. The Hilux however remains 2.609 units above the Ranger year-to-date.

The Ranger is only the second Ford after the Falcon (pictured) to rank #1 in Australia. 

Having a new #1 is a rare occurrence in Australia: the Ranger is only the 9th nameplate in the past 40 years to top the Australian monthly charts at least once, and the second Ford to do so. It follows the Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore (first time in December 1978 and last in July 2011), Toyota Camry (first time in January 1995), Hyundai Excel (in June 1998), Toyota Corolla (first time in September 2005), Toyota Hilux (first time in April 2008), Mazda3 (first time in January 2009) and Hyundai i30 (first time in June 2015). It is somewhat symbolic that as the Thailand-made Ranger takes control of Australian charts, the first three aforementioned nameplates are all ending their decades-long local production run roughly at the same time. See our complete Historical Data section for more details on past Australian sales charts.

Chinese LDV (+74.4%) has launched the T60 in Australia and will launch the D90 SUV in November.

The Toyota Corolla (-11%) is the #1 passenger car in the country above the Mazda3 (-20%) potentially suffering from cannibalisation by the CX-3, up to an excellent #12. The Holden Commodore, soon to be an imported nameplate (the new gen Opel Insignia), is revived up 8% to #5 and the Toyota Camry, which ended local production this week, is up 12% to #7. For the 2nd consecutive month and the third time in the past 4 months the Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling SUV in the country at #8, ahead of a very impressive Mitsubishi Outlander up 81% to enjoy its very first Australian Top 10 ranking at #9. The Mazda CX-5 (-28%) is now just 206 sales above the Tucson year-to-date for the title of #1 SUV it has held for the past four consecutive years. The Kia Cerato (+34%) and Honda Civic (+50%) also make themselves noticed in the Top 20.

First appearance in the Australian sales charts for the Hyundai Kona.

Further down, the Subaru XV (+101%) takes advantage of its facelift to more than double its sales vs. September 2016, the Mercedes C-Class soars 43% to #26, the VW Amarok, now boosted by a new V6 variant, is up 44% to #34, its best ranking since last March, the new Holden Astra maintains itself inside the Top 30, the Toyota C-HR has disappointingly stabilised towards the tail end of the Top 50 (#48 this month) and the Peugeot 3008 is pushed into the Australian Top 100 by its new model, up 17-fold on September 2017 to #93. Chinese fares have retreated towards the end of the ranking, led by the Great Wall Steed (#178), Haval H6 (#186) and MG6 Plus (#197). Among other recent launches, the Range Rover Velar is up 82 spots on August to #106 and the Skoda Kodiaq is stable at #133. We welcome no less than three all-new nameplates in Australia this month: the promising Hyundai Kona at #154, the LDV T60 pickup at #210 and the VW Arteon at #211.

Previous month: Australia August 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger top record market

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Australia August 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger top record market

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Australia for the 6th time in a row. Picture caradvice.com.au

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The Australian new vehicle market is up 1.8% year-on-year in August to 96.662 units, a new record for the month – and the 4th consecutive record month – lifting the year-to-date total up 0.6% to a record 788.968 sales after eight months. Private sales are up 3.7% to 45.439, business sales down 3.3% to 37.460, rental sales up a whopping 16.3% to 7.213 and government sales down 1.5% to 3.281. SUVs, up 4.7%,  keep the lead with a strong 39.4% share vs. 37.% for passenger cars down 8.2% and 20.2% for light commercials including pickups, up a brilliant 16.7%. All states and territories except Tasmania are up in August, with ACT (+9.4%), Western Australia (rallying back up 4.2%) and Queensland (+3.5%) the best performers. As for vehicle provenance, Japan dominates with 27.429 sales followed by Thailand (24.191), South Korea (14.494), Germany (7.240) and Australia (5.049).

Australian Subaru sales are up 36.2% year-on-year in August. 

In the brands ranking, Toyota skids down 0.7% to solidly hold onto the top spot at a strong 19.2% share, well over double any other manufacturer in the market. Mazda is down 8.1% to 8.8% and Hyundai returns to growth with an impressive 19.3% gain to 8.1% share in third place. Holden (-8.9%), Mitsubishi (+8.4%) and Ford (-3%) follow. Below, a trio of double-digit gainers follows: Volkswagen is up 21.5%, Subaru up a whopping 36.2% and Kia also up 21.5%. Nissan on the other hand freefalls 27.1% in 10th place. Honda (+20.5%) and Isuzu Ute (+29.4%) also impress in the Top 20 while among smaller brands, Alfa Romeo (+134.1%), Peugeot (+70.8%), Chinese Haval (+69.2%), Skoda (+59.5%), Maserati (+33.3%), LDV (+26.4%), Porsche (+19.6%) and Mini (+17.7%) shine. At the other end of the stick, Audi (-28.3%), Fiat (-32.7%), Jaguar (-36.4%), Infiniti (-42.2%), Jeep (-42.5%), Volvo (-44.1%) and Citroen (-57.3%) are all in great difficulty.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is up 21% to #16 in August. 

In the space of a year, the Toyota Hilux has established an implacable domination of the Australian sales charts. August marks the 6th consecutive month at #1 for Toyota’s “ute”, with sales up a booming 29% to 4.4% share, distancing the Ford Ranger up 21% to 3.7%. The Hilux is also #1 in the lucrative 4×4 segment with 3.190 sales vs. 3.067 for the Ranger. The Toyota Corolla (-17%) is the best-selling passenger car at #3 overall above the Mazda3 (-23%) while just below, the Hyundai i30 is back into positive territory at +15%. For the second time in the past three months, the Hyundai Tucson (+33%) is the best-selling SUV in the country, outselling the Mazda CX-5 (+8%). Notice also the Holden Commodore back up 6% to #8, the Mitsubishi Triton up 49% to #10, the Hyundai Accent up 65% to $11, Mitsubishi Outlander up 21% to #16, Nissan Qashqai up 36% to #17 and Isuzu D-Max up 27% to #19.

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Photo Report: Driving a Toyota Hilux on K’gari Fraser Island, Australia

Toyota Hilux on K’Gari Fraser Island

As of 2015, the Toyota Hilux was the best-selling vehicle in an estimated 42 countries in the world, by far the most crowned nameplate on the planet. Stay tuned for an update article coming soon featuring H1 2017 sales. In 2016, the Hilux became the first commercial vehicle to top the Australian annual sales charts, and it is in the lead again so far in 2017. It was high time for BSCB to test-drive this worldwide best-seller, and Toyota Australia kindly loaned us a Hilux Double Cab TD SR5 4×4 2.8L for one week. We decided to take it to spectacular Fraser Island, or K’gari in local Butchulla Aboriginal language (pronounced “Gurri”) which means paradise. But first to find a name for our Hilux. The last loaner we had was a Haval H9 we nicknamed Ivanhoe, so this one needs to start in J. The search quickly narrowed down to Joey, meaning a baby kangaroo, apt for this agile and shining new Hilux.

It all started in Sydney…Fraser Island location in AustraliaFraser Island map

We took hold of the Hilux at Toyota’s Sydney headquarters, and from here to Fraser Island it’s a 15h, 1.250km-long trip traversing countryside New South Wales and Queensland. The return voyage ended up adding 2.639 km to Joey’s odo, all done in four days. K’Gari Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world at 1.840 km2. Yep, that means there isn’t a single rock on the island! It is located 250 km north of Brisbane on the Australian east coast, has a length of 120 km (75 mi) for a width of around 24 km (15 mi). It houses over 100 freshwater lakes that are some of the cleanest in the world. Joey couldn’t resist a splash in one of the freshwater rivers running down into the ocean:

K’Gari Fraser Island has been inhabited by humans for at least 5.000 years and is the home of roughly 200 inhabitants today. It was formerly known as the Great Sandy Island in the late 18th and early 19th century and owes its current name to Eliza Fraser who created what may well be one of the first instances of what we call today “fake news”… Eliza Fraser was the wife of Captain James Fraser, master of the Stirling Castle that struck a reef north of the island in 1836. They landed with the crew on a longboat, then attempting to trek south. Eliza claimed she was captured by the Badtjala people who she wrongly accused of being cannibals. Many other survivors of the same shipwreck later disputed her claims. However, Fraser’s fictional report of her ill-treatment on the island eventually led to the massacre and dispossession of the island’s tribe. The 1976 film “Eliza Fraser” sustained the legend and was at the time the most expensive Australian film ever made.

Access to the barge to Fraser Island (Inskip Point)

As we had booked accomodation in Happy Valley, about half-way up the eastern coast of the island (see map above), we decided to enter Fraser Island from the south, taking the barge from Rainbow beach and Inskip Point. We thought it would be a small yet proper harbour with, well, a sealed street leading to it. None of this in this part of Australia! To reach the barge we first had to cross a pretty deep sand field. My co-driver David and I have no prior experience of sand driving – one of the reasons we wanted to take the Hilux here – so we had just previously lowered the pressure of our tyres slightly, thinking it would be enough with the help of the low range 4WD gear. How naive were we.

Maxtrax recovery tracks

Only a few metres and we got bogged down. After watching us for a few minutes trying to extricate ourselves and just as we were starting to think that Fraser Island would remain unreachable for this trip, two good samaritans (as only they come by in Australia) got us out of here with a pair of bright orange Maxtrax recovery tracks such as the one pictured above. A must-buy for any trip where you are planning to drive in the sand. They also had a valve that automatically lowered our tyres to 100kpa (or 15 psi). Perfect. We were now set.

It turns out, getting bogged down in Inskip Point is at the same time so frequent and so surprising that there is a Facebook Page dedicated to it! Yessir! It’s called “I got bogged at Inskip Point”, has almost 100.000 followers  and features numerous videos of cars getting… well, bogged down. We are now part of an exclusive club!

Joey and the barge to Fraser Island in Inskip Point
Joey on the barge towards Hook Point on Fraser Island

We are the only vehicle on the southern barge to Fraser, with a German backpacker giving us our ticket. Payment is by credit card with the captain perched atop a steep ladder and our National Park entrance fee is only available to purchase online. Thankfully the beaches on Fraser have very good wifi access (!). Upon landing on Hook Point is the real test of our sand driving and the lowered pressure are working a treat: it’s like we’re flying above the sand… Off we go on the exactly named 75 mile Beach. The entire eastern coast of the island is indeed a “beach track” open to vehicles. Only 4WDs are allowed on the island however.

Dingos on Fraser Island

Fraser Island invariably triggers one reaction among Australians: “don’t feed the dingos!” Dingos are a type of free-ranging dogs native to Australia. They are the largest terrestrial predator in Australia and have a prominent role in Aboriginal culture. Dingoes of Fraser Island, estimated to be around 180 to 220, are considered some of the last remaining pure dingoes in the country. As a result and to prevent cross-breeding, dogs are now allowed on the island. Since the 2001 killing of a boy by several dingoes on the island, strict measures have been taken regimenting human interaction with the animals (see card above). You can be heavily fined for feeding dingoes or even leaving food and rubbish out which may attract them.

GPS on the beach40 km/h speed limit sign along the 75 mile Beach

The 75 mile Beach is in effect a sort of sand highway, so much so that speed limit signs have been installed on the side of the beach! As far as I was concerned this was a first for me. It’s rather simple: where freshwater rivulets or rivers cross the beach towards the ocean creating creases, the speed limit goes down to 40 km/h. Otherwise it’s 80 km/h. Seems like a pretty high speed for driving on the sand but, as we’ll explain further down, high(ish) speed on sand isn’t actually a bad thing, rather much needed help. Another peculiarity of the 75 mile Beach “highway” is that the southern part of it towards Hook Point which is where the barge lands isn’t passable at high tide. To add fun to the game, the tides actually vary greatly from day to day, so we ended up being glued to the Fraser Island tide webpage for a good part of our stay on the island and opted to drive when the tide was going down rather than up, “just in case”…

Air Fraser Island plane. Picture wikipedia

One of the other “dangers” of driving on this part of the island is that it also serves as a landing strip for Air Fraser Island planes – these are not seaplanes – which offer touristic overviews of the Island. During my first trip to the island back in 2003, one of these planes landed just next to us and it was a mighty unforgettable sight. We did not have that luck this time but did see a couple of planes take off further along the beach. So in a word, when driving on the 75 mile Beach, you have to pay attention above more so than right or left…

Joey posing next to the shipwreck of the S.S. Maheno

An iconic sight of Fraser Island is the shipwreck of the S.S. Maheno, also located along the east coast of the island. It became beached in 1935 while being towed to Osaka to be broken up. But it doesn’t stop there… During the Second World War, the S.S. Maheno wreck served as target bombing practice for the Royal Australian Air Force. Today, almost three and a half storeys are buried under the sand. Speaking of which, now onto sand driving…

Sand driving on the way back to the bargeOne of Fraser Island inland sand tracks. And yes this is a two-way track! 

Driving on sand turned out to be much easier than expected once our tyre pressure was significantly lowered. That is, if you follow one simple rule: don’t drive slow! Completely counter-intuitive, driving kind of fast on sand is key to avoid getting bogged down. This explains why the speed limit is as high as 80 km/h on some parts of the 75 Mile Beach. On average, driving at around 40 km/h constantly will do the trick. To me, it felt like driving on semi-solid mud, to my co-driver David who also flies planes, the way the car follows the sand tracks and ruts more than obeying your steering reminded him of how a plane feels in windy conditions. A scary part though was driving on one of the inland sand tracks that didn’t allow space for more than one vehicle even though it was a two-way track!

Here’s Joey driving through the last bit of sand we had for him, after arriving back to Inskip Point, before a (very quick) review of the vehicle below. This time we didn’t get bogged in Iskip Point! Too bad for their Facebook Page…

A happy crew!

Sand driving ability: this is why we came to Fraser Island and we weren’t disappointed, once a few basics were applied on our side. Nothing can stop the Hilux outside the beaten tracks and this test drive proved it again.

Interior comfort is top notch, the pickup feels robust to drive yet is very manoeuvrable.

2.8L TD Engine has all the grunt that is needed for this type of trip, be it on sand or on asphalt.

Commands are all very intuitive apart from one (see below)…

Fuel consumption is correct given the size of the vehicle

The main and surprising source of grunts was the GPS: disconcerting at best, frustrating at worst, it’s convoluted to operate, and thus dangerous because requiring complete attention on the screen. Names of hotels cannot be picked up unless you are “near”, the GPS continues to calculate the route once arrived at destination… The list goes on.

A pet hate of mine: for this type of price (AU$ 59.459 driveaway), you’d expect not just the driver seat to be electric but the passenger one as well. It is manual. Feels a tad cheap.

It’s good bye for now Joey!

Australia July 2017: Hilux leads for 5th straight month in record market

Snapping the Hilux near the town of Bolivia, in… Australia!

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The Australian new light vehicle market edges up 1.6% to set a new July record at 92.754 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 0.4% to an all-time record 692.307 units. July marks the fourth monthly record in 2017 and the third in a row. SUVs pull the market up anew with sales gaining 9% year-on-year to earn a 40% market share vs. 38.6% for passenger cars, down 6%. Light commercials (mainly pickup trucks – called utes here) hold 18.3% of the Australian market this month. This slim July gain is the works of artificial channels: private sales are down 0.9% to 41.220 registrations whereas business fleets are up 1.8% to 38.892 and rental sales shoot up 16.5% to 6.756 while government sales are down 6.2% to 2.919.

The Mazda3 is up 64% in July, helping Mazda to a strong 10.3% market share. 

Looking at data by state, the smallest of them all, Northern Territory (Darwin), posts the largest year-on-year improvement at +10%, followed by South Australia (Adelaide) up 8.7%, Victoria (Melbourne) up 4.2%, New South Wales (Sydney) up 1.3% and Queensland (Brisbane) up 0.5%. In terms of production source of the vehicles sold in Australia, Japan in on top as usual with 27.524 sales, ahead of Thailand (21.915), South Korea (13.656), Germany (6.542), Australia (4.821), the United States (4.026) and the United Kingdom (3.163).

The Mazda CX-5 reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in Australia in July. 

Toyota more than ever dominates the brands ranking with sales up 2.7% to 19.3% share, totalling more sales than the next two brands combined, with both its July and year-to-date volumes the highest since 2008. Mazda in 2nd place steps up by a splendid 12.6% to reach 10.3% share, while Hyundai (-1.3%), Holden (-8.5%) and Ford (-9.1%) all stumble. Mitsubishi posts a robust 11.2% gain in 6th place, but the two heroes of the months are Kia, continuing to surf on double-digit gains at +20% – and overtaking Volkswagen to now rank #8 year-to-date – and Subaru up 3 spots on June to #8 and 27.1% on July 2016 to 4.6% market share, thanks to the success of the facelifted XV featuring in the Top 30 best-selling models.

The facelifted XV (+88%) helps Subaru up 27.1% in July.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux celebrates a fifth consecutive month in the Australian pole position and 7th time in the past 12 months thanks to deliveries up 19% year-on-year. The Hilux 7 months tally is a record for the nameplate in Australia. For once the Hilux also leads the 4×4 ranking with 2.802 sales vs. 2.627 for the Ford Ranger which remains the leader YTD. The Toyota Corolla jumps up to #2 despite dropping 6%, overtaking the Ranger (+7%) still #2 overall so far in 2017. The Mazda3 (+64%) compensates for a very low base in July 2016 while the Toyota Camry (+10%) lands at an excellent 5th place and is headed for its best year in a decade.

The new Holden Astra is slowly but surely climbing up the charts: #24 this month. 

At #6, the Mazda CX-5 (+19%) reclaims the #1 SUV spot the Hyundai Tucson (#9) snapped last month, with the Toyota RAV4 (#8) sliding in-between. Hyundai i30 sales continue to be in negative (-4%) as the 2016 base was heavily discounted volumes of the outgoing previous generation. Further down, notice the Mitsubishi Triton (+27%), ASX (+37%) and Nissan X-Trail (+48%) posting generous gains, the Holden Commodore (-13%) climbing back up seven spots to #12 and reclaiming the title of Holden best-seller off the Colorado (#17) just as the Astra continues to improve at #21 (+7 spots on June). As mentioned above, the Subaru XV (+88%) has a stellar month in 23rd place.

Previous month: Australia June 2017: Hyundai Tucson up to #4 in all-time record month

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Australia June 2017: Hyundai Tucson up to #4 in all-time record month

The Hyundai Tucson posts the highest ever monthly sales for an SUV in Australia.

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The Australian new vehicle market is up 4.4% year-on-year in June to smash the all-time record monthly result and lift it to 134.171 units according to data released by VFACTS. In other words, never in history have Australian buyers purchased that many vehicle in a single month. This result puts the year-to-date tally into positive territory at +0.2% to a record 599.552 registrations halfway through the year. Once again SUVs outsell passenger cars at 51.393 vs. 50.646 with light commercials (including pickups) up 12.2% to 28.253. Private sales amount to 68.150 and business/fleet sales to 52.039. So far in 2017, sales of 4×4 pick-ups are up 9.2%, SUVs are up 5% but passenger cars are down 6.8%.

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Australia for the 4th straight month. 

No surprises atop the brands ranking, Toyota is by far in the lead, even beating the market with a 11.2% gain to 24.546 sales, missing out on its all-time monthly record of 25.624 in June 2008 by a little over 1.000 units. Mazda is up 0.4% to an all-time record monthly result of 12.501, edging past Hyundai down 0.4% to 12.251. Holden is back up to #4 but freefalls 18.5% and is threatened by Mitsubishi up 6.2% to end the month only nine units below. For the 2nd month in a row, there are no Holdens inside the Top 10 best-selling nameplates. Ford (+6.5%) is down two spots on May to #6 while Kia is the best performer in the Top 10 once again with a 30.3% surge to an all-time record 6.737 sales. Its 7th place and 5% share are also records, already hit last April. Volkswagen (+8.7%) also shines in 9th place and Honda (+2.8%) hits its best monthly volume in almost a decade.

First month above 5.000 sales for the Ford Ranger. Picture caradvice.com.au

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Australia for the fourth consecutive month and the 6th time in the past 10 months thanks to deliveries up 18% to 5.461, the first time the Hilux ever crosses the monthly 5.000 unit-mark, with its previous best being 4.931 back in June 2013. The Ford Ranger also smashes its personal monthly record with sales up 24% on its previous best of 4.078 in June 2016 to lift it to 5.051, also its first time above 5.000 monthly units. The Toyota Corolla (-13%) is distanced, almost one percentage point of market share below. But the records don’t stop here: thanks to sales up whopping 153% year-on-year, the Hyundai Tucson soars to an all-time high 4th place (previous best: 5th in January 2016) and at 3.741 units its smashes the previous monthly record for an SUV which was until now detailed by the Mazda CX-5 at 2.662 last September. In fact, with this tremendous performance, the Hyundai Tucson surges just 88 units below the CX-5 year-to-date as the race to #1 SUV in Australia frankly heats up. In third place, the Toyota RAV4 is up 18% to #10 overall.

Kia sales are up 30.3% to an all-time monthly record 6.737 units. 

Previous month: Australia May 2017: Hilux vs. Ranger new iconic rivalry in record market

One year ago: Australia June 2016: Hyundai i30 tops biggest month ever

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Australia May 2017: Hilux vs. Ranger new iconic rivalry in record market

The Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling nameplate in Australia…

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According to figures released by VFACTS, the Australian new vehicle market posts an all-time record May figure, up a sizeable 6.4% year-on-year to 102.901 units. As a result, the year-to-date tally is now down just 0.9% or 4.190 sales on the 2016 record to 465.381 units after five months and could get even next month in the case of a strong June showing. This month the growth is spread through private sales up 3.4% to 49.051 and business sales up 5% to 40.538. Rental fleet sales surge 48% to 5.910 and government sales are up 10% to 4.187. Looking at the country provenance of vehicles sold in Australian this month, Japan comes first with 29.907 units followed by Thailand at 25.729, South Korea at 14.868, Germany at 7.964 and Australia at 4.965.

… but its advantage over the Ford Ranger is only 85 units in May. Picture 4x4australia.com.au

Another piece of good news is the fact that in May all States and Territories gain ground bar the Australian Capital Territory (-3%). Victoria performs the best at +11.3%, followed by the Northern Territory up 8.1%, Queensland up 5.7%, New South Wales up 5.1%, South Australia up 3.1%, Western Australia up 2.8% and Tasmania up 2.5%. This result is particularly encouraging for Western Australia, a State that had been stuck in negative territory for a couple of years. SUVs resume their domination of the market and outsell passenger cars for the third time in the past four months thanks to sales up 9.4% vs. +1.6% to passenger cars. SUVs hold 38.5% of the Australian market this month vs. 37.7% for passenger cars, with light commercials (mainly “utes” or pickup trucks) also up 9.4% in May. Year-to-date, passenger cars are down 7.1%, SUVs up 3.2% and light commercials up 3.5%. Other notable progressions include business sales of SUVs up 14.9% and government purchase of light commercials up 31.7%.

The new generation helps the Mazda CX-5 remains atop the SUV sales charts in Australia.

Brand leader Toyota frankly outpaces the market with a 15.6% surge to 19.3% share vs. 18.2% year-to-date. This is Toyota’s best May result since 2012 and the fifth time in the past 11 months that the Japanese carmaker is above 19% share in Australia. Toyota sells more than double the #2, Mazda, up a timid 3.1% while Hyundai is down 7.7% on volumes boosted by deep i30 discounts a year ago. Ford is the other winner of the month with deliveries up a splendid 15.7% to 7.4% share, historically overtaking its archenemy Holden down 6.6% to 6.7% share. This is only the second time this millennium after April 2016 that Ford is above Holden in Australia, the previous one being January 1999 exactly when Ford sold 8.591 units vs. 8.335 for Holden…

Kia sales are up 41.3% year-on-year and surpass 5.000 for only the 2nd time in history.

Ranking at #9 below Volkswagen (+11.3%), the “most improved” award in the Top 10 once again goes to Kia up 41.3% to 5.005 sales, its second ever month above 5.000 units after June 2016 (5.170) and its second best market share at 4.9% below the 5% hit last month. Just outside the Top 10, Honda does even better at +43.4% thanks to the new generation Civic (1.311 sales), with Isuzu Ute (+26.2%), Renault (+40.1% thanks to the Koleos), Foton Light (+125%), Alfa Romeo (+86.5%) and Maserati (+30.6%) also impressive. At the other end of the scale, BMW (-18.9%), Jeep (-28.1%), Land Rover (-28.9%), Peugeot (-32.9%) and Citroen (-47.8%) all struggle.

The Holden Colorado (+36%) outsells the Commodore (-18%) for the 2nd straight month. 

The Australian models ranking is fast settling into a new normal: having two pickup trucks (or “utes” as they are called here) atop the sales charts. It had never happened before last October, but it’s now the third consecutive month and the fifth time in the past eight months that the Toyota Hilux (+13%) and Ford Ranger (+31%) dominate the market. This month the Hilux only wins by the skin of its teeth with a tiny 85 unit-advantage, both nameplates commanding a 4% share of the market. As it has now become the routine, the Ranger 4×4 outsells the Hilux 4×4 (3.384 vs. 3.036) while the Hilux 4×2 compensates at 1.018 vs. 685 for the Ranger 4×2.

The Mustang hits its highest volume, helping Ford above Holden. Picture caradvice.com.au

The two utes are followed by three passenger cars all in decline: the Toyota Corolla (-5%), Hyundai i30 (-29%) back up two spots on April now that the new generation is in dealerships but off an exceptionally high, rebate-boosted volume a year ago, and the Mazda3 (-20%). The Mazda CX-5 gains 9% with the help of the new model and holds onto the #1 SUV spot ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (+30%) now #7 year-to-date, the Nissan X-Trail (+30%) and Toyota RAV4 (+17%) all improving drastically and making it four SUVs in the Top 10, a record. Notice also the Toyota Camry up 54% to #7, the Holden Colorado up 36% and outselling the Commodore for the 2nd straight month, the Mitsubishi ASX up 40%, Kia Cerato up 69%, Toyota Prado up 38% and Mitsubishi Outlander up 34%. Finally, the Ford Mustang hits its highest ranking at #23 and delivers its first four-digit monthly sales figure at 1.351.

Previous month: Australia April 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger cement leadership

One year ago: Australia May 2016: Hyundai i30 leads, 133 units off YTD top spot

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Australia April 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger cement leadership

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Australia this month.

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According to VFACTS figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the Australian new car market continues its decline in April with registrations down 5.1% to 83.135, bringing the year-to-date tally down 2.8% to 362.480. The fall would have been much significant were it not for business sales up 1.7% and overtaking private sales down 13% while government sales are down 15% and rental sales up 26%, the latter two with small volumes. After two months of SUV domination, passenger cars are back above SUVs even though they fall 12% while SUVs are up 1%. Light commercial vehicles are up 3%. Of note within segments are medium SUVs up 10% and 4×4 utes (Australian slang for pickup trucks) up 11.1%.

Looking at the origin of vehicles sold in Australia, the most popular locations are Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Germany and Australia. Looking at sales by state, all states and territories are in negative with the two largest selling states, New South Wales (Sydney) and Victoria (Melbourne) losing the least ground at -2.8% and the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and Western Australia (Perth) losing the most. Tony Weber, the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, said that market activity during April was affected by the impact of the Easter long weekend break, Anzac Day and national school holidays. “There were two less selling days overall in April this year compared with last, but added to this was the dampening effect that the holiday period had on dealership traffic as many families headed off to enjoy a final break before winter,” Mr Weber said.

In the brands ranking, both Toyota (-3%) and Mazda (+2%) do better than the market but Hyundai (-21%), Holden (-13%) and Ford (-15%) fare worse. Note Holden is only two meagre units above Ford this month while a year ago in April 2016 Ford was ahead. Subaru (+22%), Mitsubishi (+31%) and Kia (+36%) go against the grain inside the Top 10 with fantastic increases but Nissan (-17%) and Volkswagen (-18%) struggle. Outside the Top 10, Honda (+34%), LDV (+50%), Alfa Romeo (+36%) and Maserati (+34%) make themselves noticed.

Over in the models ranking, for only the fourth time ever after last OctoberNovember and March, two utes dominate the ranking: the Toyota Hilux (+1%) and Ford Ranger (+5%). The big news this month is the fact that these two nameplates are now also in the lead year-to-date thanks to a 9% and 17% increase respectively. The Toyota Corolla (-14%) and Mazda3 (-8%) are relegated in third and fourth places like last year. Potentially helped by the new generation of the model, the Mazda CX-5 is up 29% to 5th place and remains the best-selling SUV in the country. The Hyundai i30 tumbles down 52% just as stocks of the previous generation model dry up in the wake of the arrival of the new one. At #12, the Holden Commodore slips outside the Top 10 for the first time since January 2016 and is outsold this month by the Colorado. Notice also the Mitsubishi ASX up 58%, the Outlander up 125% and the Subaru Impreza up 177% while the Toyota C-HR breaks into the Top 50 at #47.

Previous month: Australia March 2017: Hilux leads, SUVs beat passenger cars again

One year ago: Australia April 2016: Hyundai i30 #1 again, Ford above Holden for first time in 17 years

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Australia March 2017: Hilux leads, SUV beat passenger cars again

ford-ranger-toyota-hilux-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-autocar-co-nzThe Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger lead the Australian models ranking in March.

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The Australian new vehicle market edges up 0.9% year-on-year this month to snatch a record March volume at 105.410 units. Yet due to declines both in January and February, sales are down 2.1% over the First Quarter to 279.345. For the second consecutive time – and ever – SUVs outsell passenger cars this month at 39.4% share vs. 37% while light commercial vehicles grab 20.9%. This means SUV also lead passenger cars year-to-date as well, a historical shift of the Australian market. Medium-sized SUVs make themselves noticed with a 18.3% year-on-year gain this month.

The market is up year-on-year this month solely thanks to business sales up 6.5% to 44.511 while private sales are down 3.4% to 49.054. Looking into every state, Victoria is up 5.5% to 29.252, South Australia is up 5% to 6.387, Tasmania up 2% to 1.536 and ACT even at 1.683 but all other states are down: New South Wales down 0.8% to 35.677, Queensland down 1% to 21.217, Western Australia down 4% to 8.712 and Northern Territory down 7.5% to 946. 30.736 vehicles sold in Australia this month came from Japan, followed by Thailand at 26.470, South Korea at 14.731, Germany at 7.925 and Australia at 5.390.

Brand-wise, Toyota shines with a 10% year-on-year gain to 18.5% share, distancing Mazda (+2%) and Hyundai (-10%) while Mitsubishi remains at an outstanding 4th place thanks to sales up 16%. Holden is down 14% in 5th place above Ford solid at +6%, Nissan (-3%) and Volkswagen (-4%). Subaru (+4%) beats the market to #9 overall but the most impressive marque in the Top 10 is Kia gaining 39% to #10 – the largest gain in the Top 25. Further down, notice Renault up 5%, Mercedes up 7.5%, Jaguar up 10% and Lexus up 27%.

Two “utes” (Australian slang for pickup truck) dominate the Australian sales charts for the third time ever after last October and November: the Toyota Hilux is up 9% on March 2016, snapping the pole position above the Ford Ranger (+30%) while the Toyota Corolla (-1%) Mazda3 (-3%), Mitsubishi Triton (-3%) and Hyundai i30 (-43%) all struggle year-on-year. In the case of the Mitsubishi Triton, despite the decline a fifth place is a great performance to be compared with #7 year-to-date and #9 in 2016. It also makes three utes in the Top 5. The Toyota Camry post a very solid 20% improvement to rank 7th while the Hyundai Tucson (+70%) takes the SUV crown off the Mazda CX-5 (-6%) but remains below over the First Quarter. The Holden Commodore skids down 19% to round up the Top 10.

Below, a slew of nameplates post very impressive gains. They include the Holden Colorado (+39%), Toyota RAV4 (+27%), Nissan Navara (+51%), Kia Cerato (+123%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+65%), Nissan Qashqai (+47%), Kia Sportage (+47%), Toyota Land Cruiser (+51%) and Subaru Impreza (+80%). Thanks to the new generations, the VW Tiguan is up 164% to #32 and the Mazda CX-9 up 755% to #33.

Previous month: Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

One year ago: Australia March 2016: Third win in 10 months for the Hyundai i30

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Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

The Toyota C-HR has finally landed in Australia and should push Toyota further up this year.

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Based on VFACTS data, new vehicle sales in Australia offer an unusual picture in February: down 7.7% to 89.025 registrations, the weakest February score since 2014, pulling the year-to-date tally into negative territory at 173.935 units, down 3.8% over the same period in 2016. The big news this month is SUVs outselling passenger cars for the first time in Australian history. Although down 3.7%, the recreational vehicles sell 35.497 units for a 39.9% market share vs. 34.740 and 39% for passenger cars, down 12.2%. Passenger cars still edge out in the lead year-to-date at 69.660 (-6.8%) vs. 69.624 (-0.4%) for SUVs, but this leadership should be crushed within the next few months. Meanwhile Light Commercial Vehicles – mainly pickup trucks, nicknamed utes in Australia – are down 5.6% to 16.512 and Heavy Commercial Vehicles down 9.7% to 2.276. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber says “the low February 2017 has to be put into context, [with February 2016 having] one extra selling day and seeing a lot of activity in the market that resulted in a 6.7 per cent surge over February 2015. Also to be kept in mind, heavy hailstorms damaging stocks in New South Wales and contributed for that state’s drop this month.

Kia sales are up 36.1% in February with the Cerato hitting an all-time high #11 spot. 

For once private sales outpace the market at -3% to 45.661 units (these include novated leases), with business sales down 11.5% to 33.939, rental sales down 23% to 4.013 and government sales down 8.5% to 3.126. Looking at the various States in the country, the three largest roughly follow the market : New South Wales (30.221) is down 7.4%, Victoria (24.917) down 7% and Queensland (17.474) down 6.6% while South Australia (5.354) is down 10.6%, Northern Territory (760) down 10.7% and Western Australia (7.526) down 13.7%. Only two States are up: the Australian Capital Territory (1.439) at +0.1% and Tasmania (1.334) up 1%. Looking into the origin of cars sold in Australia, Japan comes up first at 26.299 units, followed by Thailand (21.469) where most utes sold in Australia are manufactured, South Korea (12.832), Germany (7.171), USA (3.591), Australia (2.986) set to come to zero by the end of the year, England (2.904) and Hungary (119).

66 Maserati Levante found an Australian buyer in February. 

In the brands ranking, Toyota defies the surrounding gloom and posts a 0.7% year-on-year increase, even becoming the only brand gaining ground inside the Top 8. Year-to-date sales are up 0.8% to 28.862. Better still : the Japanese carmaker’s situation should improve further quite drastically over the next few months now that the compact SUV C-HR has hit Australian dealerships: it lands directly at #74 this month. Australia is one of th leading markets for SUVs and the C-HR falls right into the soft spot Australian consumers have for this type of vehicles, so expect a Top 10 ranking for Toyota’s newest nameplate sometime this year. Below Toyota, Mazda (-2.8%), Hyundai (-9.1%), Mitsubishi (-13.8%) gaining two spots to #4, Holden (-22%), Ford (-14.8%), Volkswagen (-6.2%) and Nissan (-26.1%) are in tow but all lose ground. Mercedes (+5.7%), Subaru (+5.9%), Renault (+22.9%) and Kia (+36.1%) are the biggest (and only) gainers in the Top 20. Jeep (-53.6%) and Peugeot (-47%) struggle, while among smaller brands Bentley (+87.5%), Maserati (+100%) and Infiniti (+138%) take off.

The MG6 Plus lands directly as #2 Chinese model in Australia. Picture caradvice.com.au

This month we welcome a “new” brand inside the Australian charts. MG, or Morris Garages, makes its grand return into Australia now under Chinese ownership: the brand now belongs to Shanghai Auto/SAIC. MG lands directly at #30 with 108 sales. Among Chinese manufacturers, this places MG below LDV (#28) but above Foton Light (#32), Haval (#35), Great Wall (#36) and Chery (#48). MG comes armed with three nameplates: MG6 Plus sedan (#145), MG3 hatch (#238) and GS SUV (#260). This is a great opportunity to take a more detailed look at Chinese models sales in Australia this month (see below).

Pos Pos Model Feb-17 % /16 2017 % /16 Pos Pos
1 122 LDV G10 135 0.2% 52% 250 0.1% 62% 1 127
2 145 MG6 Plus 90 0.1% new 90 0.1% new 3 174
3 152 Foton Tunland 77 0.1% 3% 135 0.1% -5% 2 159
4 184 LDV V80 35 0.0% -17% 58 0.0% -32% 4 192
5 191 Great Wall Steed 30 0.0% new 51 0.0% new 5 200
6 218 Haval H2 19 0.0% new 33 0.0% new 6 222
7 222 Haval H6 18 0.0% new 30 0.0% new 7 230
8 238 MG3 12 0.0% new 12 0.0% new 8 258
9 260 MG GS 6 0.0% new 6 0.0% new 9 271
10 268 Haval H8 3 0.0% new 6 0.0% new 10 269
11 273 Haval H9 3 0.0% new 3 0.0% new 11 282
12 295 Chery J11 1 0.0% 0% 1 0.0% 0% 12 302

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the monthly lead off the Mazda3 with 3.392 sales vs. 3.143 but the Mazda remains #1 year-to-date for now at 6.616 units vs. 6.335 for the Corolla. Sliding in-betweem the two compact cars is the Toyota Hilux which ends the month only 6 units off the first place at 3.386. However the Hilux once again loses the lucrative 4×4 ute market to the Ford Ranger at 2.380 vs. 2.497. The Hyundai i30 (-19%) rounds up the Top 5, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next generation. The Mitsubishi Triton is back up 10 spots on January to #6 in spite of diving 8% year-on-year, distancing a slew of three SUVs: the Mazda CX-5 keeping the lead despite the imminent arrival of a new model, the Toyota RAV4 (+14%) and Hyundai Tucson (-14%). The Holden Commodore (-33%) plunges to #10 while the Kia Cerato is up 65% year-on-year and two spots on last month to break its Australian ranking record at #11.

Like the Toyota C-HR, the Audi Q2 lands directly inside the Australian Top 100 in February. 

Among recent launches, the Ford Escape – replacing the Kuga – is up 36 ranks on January to #67, the Toyota C-HR lands at #74 as detailed above, the Kia Picanto is down 17 spots to #86, the Suzuki Baleno up 16 to a record-breaking #87 and the Suzuki Ignis up one to #89, also the nameplate’s personal best. Along with the Toyota C-HR, the Audi Q2 is the other all-new nameplate to land directly inside the Australia Top 100 at #91, and it’s no coincidence that it also belongs to the compact SUV segment, the one truly on fire here. Luxury SUVs are also one to watch: the Jaguar F-Pace remains at a very high level at #124, the Maserati Levante is up 10 spots to #159 and 66 sales and the Bentley Bentayga up 17 to #257.

Previous month: Australia January 2017: SUV sales only 800 units below passenger cars

One year ago (1): Australia February 2016: Mazda, Hilux and Ranger shine in record month

One year ago (2): Australia February 2016: Now with Top 285 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

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