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Australia November 2014: Hyundai climbs on year-to-date podium

December 8th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Genesis Australia November 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auHyundai just launched the Genesis in Australia

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The Australian new car market is down another 5% year-on-year in November to 92,232 registrations, however the year-to-date total is now already past 1 million units (1.016.421) and on track to reach 1.1 million by year end for the third year in a row – and ever, so still very high sales levels here. The brands ranking is bringing us an earth-shattering event this month: Hyundai manages to remain in 2nd place overall for the 2nd straight month and only the 2nd time since its introduction in the country 25 years ago thanks to 8,600 sales and 9.3% share. That’s enough for the Korean manufacturer to dislodge Mazda from the podium and rank #3 year-to-date for the first time ever at 92,354 units and 9.1%. Note also that the November brands podium is 100% Asian (Toyota-Hyundai-Mazda) for only the third time in the history of automobile in Australia after February 2013 and September 2014

Mercedes C Class Australia October 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auMercedes is up 33% this month thanks to the new C-Class and GLA SUV

In another blow for ‘local’ (not for long anymore) manufacturers, Holden drops 25% year-on-year to #4, its lowest ranking since the introduction of the brand in 1948, and Ford falls 26% to a lowest-ever #6 (also hit in February and March 2013). The Australian press has felt the need to support both Holden and Ford until they end local manufacturing in 2017 by saying the announcement they would stop producing in Australia should not affect their sales. Truth is, and I said it from the start, it does and November data is another proof of it. In other brand news, Mercedes is up another astounding 33% to rank #10 and is now only 34 units below Honda for an annual Top 10 which, if reached, would be Mercedes’ first since 2003. Mitsubishi is up 37% to #5 and passes Nissan YTD to rank #6, Jeep up 28% to #12, BMW up 16% to #14 and Audi up 26% to #15.

Mazda3 Australia November 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mazda3 is the best-selling nameplate in Australia in November.

Model-wise, the two market leaders exchange positions once again: the Mazda3 reclaims the lead thanks to 3,499 sales and 3.8% share vs. 3,264 and 3.5% for the Toyota Corolla, bringing its 2014 tally to 4 monthly wins compared to 7 for the Corolla. The Corolla still leads year-to-date with only one month left in the year at 40,189 units vs. 39,510. Not an insurmountable gap for the Mazda3 but incentives will need to be thrown in as the Corolla is traditionally strong in the Australian summer due to short-term rental sales. If unchanged in a month’s time, this would be the second straight annual #1 ranking for the Corolla. The Mazda3 is chasing the crown it held in 2011 and 2012.

Mitsubishi ASX Australia November 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mitsubishi ASX breaks into the Australian Top 10 for the first time.

The Australian market is fragmenting further this month with the entire Top 5 down by at least 5% YOY. Thanks to a 686 sales strong advantage over the Holden Commodore in November, the Hyundai i30 passes the Australian household name to become #4 YTD, while the Mitsubishi Triton is up 28% YOY to overtake the Ford Ranger and rank #2 ute below only the Toyota Hilux (#3). We have a newcomer inside the monthly Top 10 in November: thanks to boosted equipment and sharper pricing for the 2015 model, the Mitsubishi ASX shoots up to a record 9th place thanks to 1,763 sales and 1.9%, also becoming the country’s most popular SUV above the Hyundai ix35 (#10) and Mazda CX-5 (#12), still leader year-to-date however at #8.

Foton Tunland Australia November 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auFoton Tunland – Foton outsells Great Wall in Australia for the first time this month.

Finally, let’s signal an interesting development among (discreet) Chinese manufacturers present in Australia. Great Wall, leading the Chinese charge in the country since its introduction here in 2009, is overtaken this month by both LDV with sold 112 Maxus vans and Foton which sold 102 Tunland utes (including 92 4×4) vs. 78 Great Wall cars, 56 V-Series utes and 22 X-Series SUVs. Great Wall is down a horrendous 76% on November 2013 (331) and down 92% on its peak of 926 sales in November 2011. Australian distributor Ateco is buying Great Wall cars from China in US dollars and the exchange rate fluctuations coupled with a weaker yen meaning cheaper Japanese offerings have meant Great Wall’s positioning on price has been impossible to maintain and Great Wall is dying in Australia. It’s not the end of the story though, as Great Wall China has recently announced the launch of its Haval SUV brand in Australia in early 2015…

Previous month: Australia October 2014: Ford Ranger inside Top 5 for the first time

One year ago: Australia November 2013: Hyundai i30 and VW Golf shine

Full November 2014 Top 50 brands and Top 12 models Ranking Tables below.

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Australia October 2014: Ford Ranger inside Top 5 for the first time, outsells Ford’s entire passenger car line-up

November 6th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ranger Australia October 2014. Picture courtesy of caradavice.com.auFord Ranger XL Plus

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In spite of record low interest rates and car affordability at a 38-year high, Australia is holding off buying new cars in October, down another 1.5% year-on-year to 91,236 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date total to 924,189 units, down 2% on 2014 but still on track to pass the 1.1 million annual mark for the third consecutive year. Private buyers (-4%) and business fleet (-2%) are dragging the market down, only government (+2%) and rental fleet, up 18% in preparation for summer, are keeping it afloat. The brands ranking brings to life 5 long-term automotive trends at play in Australia in a very transparent manner this month:

Holden Commodore Australia October 2014Only one year old, the Holden Commodore is already down 22%.

1. No more love for Australian-made

Over the past 18 months, all 3 local manufacturers (Holden, Ford and Toyota) have announced they will shit down their factories by 2017, meaning there won’t be any automotive industry left in Australia by then. The Holden “We’re here to stay” advertising campaign, mocked by a large part of the population, didn’t suffice: Australian consumers are falling out of love with locally-made cars faster than it took to write these lines, also helped by more flexible free-trade agreements with Asia making imported cars more affordable. Holden is down a horrendous 28% as CEO Gerry Dorizas left the company suddenly after only 6 months in the job. #1 best-seller in Australia for 15 consecutive years from 1996 to 2010, the Holden Commodore is down 22% to #6 even though its current generation is only debuting its 2nd year in market. Ford is down 15% and the Falcon, one of the Top 2 best-sellers in the country from 1960 to 2005, hits another all-time low of 396 units in October (-61%) and will end 2014 outside the Top 50 for the first time ever. Even the Toyota Camry (-15%) is hit.

Hyundai Genesis Australia October 2014Hyundai is the #2 manufacturer in Australia for the first time and just launched the Genesis here.

2. Asian brands in progress

The flip side aspect of the above long-term trend is the “Asian-isation” of the Top 5 brands ranking. Last month the podium was 100% Asian for only the second time in the history of automobile in Australia after February 2013, with Holden kicked down to 4th place, its lowest since the brand was launched here in 1949. In October, after 4 consecutive months spent at #4 followed by 10 straight months at #3 (!), Hyundai reaches the overall 2nd spot below only Toyota for the first time in its 25-year presence in the country, bucking the overall market trend with sales up 3% to 8,401 units. Note Hyundai Australia has been led by CEO John Elsworth, a former Holden executive for 22 years, since 2012. The year-to-date charts has 7 Asian brands in the Top 10: Toyota (#1), Mazda (#3), Hyundai (#4), Nissan (#6), Mitsubishi (#7), Subaru (#9) and Honda (#10) with only Toyota manufacturing a small part of its sales locally, all other manufacturers being pure importers.

Mercedes C Class Australia October 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mercedes C-Class breaks its all-time monthly sales record in Australia in October.

3. Australia has never bought as many premium cars

This month the entirety of brands evolving exclusively in the premium segment saw astounding year-on-year gains: Lamborghini is up 500%, Maserati up 278%, Infiniti and Land Rover both up 45%, Porsche up 28%, Audi up 26%, Lexus up 25% and BMW up 19%. Mercedes is the big winner with sales up 39% to 3,150 for a 3.5% market share, meaning it is one of Australia’s Top 10 brands for only the second time ever (after last May). The newly relaunched C-Class broke its monthly sales record at 862 sales (plus 70 coupés), 3 times its October 2013 score and outselling such mass sellers as the Honda Jazz, Ford Territory, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Qashqai, let alone traditional rivals: the BMW 3 Series (368 sales), Lexus IS (240 units) and Audi A4 (176), also outsold by the CLA (371). In fact this month Mercedes is the 6th passenger brand with 2,247 sales, ahead of Ford (2,062), Honda (1,973) and Mitsubishi (1,166). The GLA, fresh in market, already leads the premium small SUV segment above the Audi Q3 and Lexus NX. Finally Mercedes performance arm AMG has sold 2,305 units so far in 2014, already an all-time record above brands like Alfa Romeo (2.292), Citroen (1.066) or Chrysler (1.562).

Jeep Cherokee Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auJeep is up 31% year-on-year in October.

4. The SUV segment now represents almost one in 3 sales

SUV sales continue to boom in Australia, up 10% year-on-year in October and 5% year-to-date as passenger cars were down 8% and 6% YTD. 2014 will remain the first year that SUVs account for more than 30% of overall Australian new vehicle sales, this share standing at 31.6% after 10 months compared to 29.3% a year ago. This month the Small SUV segment is up 18%, Medium SUV up 16% and Upper-Large SUV up 23%, with only the Large SUV segment down 2%. Logically, the brand that has benefitted the most from this trend is SUV-only Jeep. In September it became one of Australia’s Top 10 selling manufacturers for the first time in its history, and if this month it is knocked down to #11 by Mercedes, Jeep is still up a fabulous 31% year-on-year to 2,628 sales and 2.9% share, two units above Honda, and over 500 ahead of Kia.

LDV V80 Australia October 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auLDV V80 – Chinese LDV is a newcomer in the Australian brands ranking this month.

5. Chinese brands continue to pour in

Back in 2009, Great Wall was the first Chinese manufacturer to reach Australian shores. It was joined in 2011 by Chery and Geely with the latter restricting its launch to Western Australia due to different design and security requirements there. (See also my report Australia 2011: The Chinese have landed) Geely has never appeared in Australian sales stats because it is not affiliated with national organisation FCAI. In 2013, the rhythm accelerated with the launch of MG, Foton and LDV. The former does not pop up in sales stats for the same reason as Geely. Now that Ateco has taken over import and distribution duties for Foton and LDV, both are starting to be listed, albeit at modest levels for now. Foton stays #34 in October at 93 sales (#37 and 366 YTD) and LDV makes its grand entrance this month at #35 with 73 units of the V80 van sold. Chinese manufacturers still only represent less than 1% of the local market, with Great Wall (-76% in October) and Chery (-33%) currently in great difficulty, but Australia is one of only a few mature markets where the Chinese have ventured and are gaining invaluable experience with the view of a larger scale implantation in the near future.

Toyota Corolla Australia October 2014The Toyota Corolla is now close to a 2nd straight year atop Australian sales charts.

Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla may have taken a decisive advantage in the race for the title of most popular model in Australia in 2014, outselling the Mazda3 by 891 units and lifting its YTD advantage from just 23 sales at end-September to 914 now. The Ford Ranger, Australian-engineered but Thai-built, breaks into the Australian Top 5 for the first time ever at #5 with sales up 19% to 2,405 units and outsells Ford’s entire passenger car line-up (2,062). The Ranger has seen its range extended this year notably with a fleet-focused four-wheel-drive XL Plus variant starting at $46,280 specifically developed to fulfil the needs of the mining industry, a very significant contributor in overall new vehicle sales in Australia. Notice also the VW Golf back inside the Top 10 at #9 and the Mazda CX-5 best-selling SUV in the country again at #10.

Previous post: Australia Q3 2014: Discover the Top 300 best-selling models!

Previous month: Australia September 2014: Jeep among Top 10 for first time ever

One year ago: Australia October 2013: Holden Commodore at highest in 2 years

Full October 2014 Top 10 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Australia Q3 2014: Discover the Top 300 best-selling models!

October 24th, 2014 9 comments

Nissan Qashqai Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Nissan Qashqai lands directly inside the Australian Top 50…

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Every Quarter I can share with you a complete models ranking for Australia. H1 data wasn’t available in time so for the first time in 6 months we can finally explore the Australian sales charts in detail. As a reminder the new car market is down 2% year-on-year so far in 2014 at 832,953 units over 9 months. No real surprises atop the ranking with the Toyota Corolla pushing hard resulting in a 23-unit advantage year-to-date (!) over the Mazda3, the Hyundai i30 above the Holden Commodore at #4 but #5 YTD, the Toyota Camry back up to #7, the Mazda CX-5 strong at #8 and #1 SUV and the Holden Cruze clawing its way back inside the Top 10, kicking the VW Golf down to #16.

Jeep Cherokee Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.au…as does the new generation Jeep Cherokee.

The SUV segment has been the star of the show in 2014 with its market share at an all-time high 31%. Proof is in the models ranking. Here are a few examples: the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues its relentless progression at #13 over Q3 with 4,322 sales and 1.6% share, the Toyota Kluger benefits from the new model to jump back inside the Top 20 at #20 vs. #28 YTD, the Mitsubishi ASX is up to #24 vs. #33 YTD despite its age, the Nissan Qashqai (now adopting world-wide naming and replacing the Dualis) lands directly at #42 with its first 1,841 sales in Australia over Q3, the Jeep Cherokee also breaks into the Top 50 thanks to the new model at #46 with 1,628 units and the Ford Kuga is up to #49 vs. #59 YTD and #72 in 2013. And that’s just for the Top 50!

Peugeot 4008 Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe 4008 is Peugeot’s best-seller in Australia in 2014.

Other vehicles showing interesting progressions include the Mitsubishi Lancer back up to #26 with a symbolic 1% market share, the Hyundai Accent up to #33, the Renault Clio breaking into the Top 100 with sales up 7.5-fold so far this year (!), the Nissan Altima finding its way up the ladder at #108 over Q3 vs. #202 in 2013 and the Renault Koleos getting a welcome boost at #112 with 519 sales, 654% year-on-year. Finally let’s note that Australia is the only country in the world where the Peugeot 4008 is the French manufacturer’s best-seller, ranking at #144 so far in 2014 with sales up 12% to 965 units.

Isuzu MU-X Australia September 2014The Isuzu MU-X is the best-selling all-new model in Australia in 2014.

There are no less than 25 all-new models in the Australian ranking, 8 of them being SUVs. Notable performances include the Isuzu MU-X well inside the Top 100 at #67 over Q3, the Subaru WRX up to #71, BMW 4 Series at #89, Ford Ecosport at #93, Suzuki S-Cross at #118, Mercedes GLA at #134, the Porsche Macan ranking in 145th position over Q3 and thus becoming the brand’s best-seller in Australia above the Cayenne at #161, the Foton Tunland finally entering Australian sales charts at #162 in Q3 and #196 YTD and the Lexus NX selling its first 32 units in the  country for a #240 spot.

Previous post: Australia September 2014: Jeep among Top 10 for first time ever

One year ago: Australia 9 months 2014: Discover the Top 297 best-selling models!

Full Q3 2014 Top 300 models Ranking Table below.

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Australia September 2014: Jeep among Top 10 for first time ever

October 6th, 2014 No comments

Jeep Grand Cherokee Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auJeep Grand Cherokee

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First positive year-on-year result for new car sales in Australia: up 2.5% in September to 94,978 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 832,953 units, down 2% on 2013. Northern Territory and New South Wales (both at +6%) are the best performing States/territories while Western Australia (-3%) and Tasmania (-5.5%) remain in negative. One category is pulling the Australian market up with all its strength: SUVs, up another 15% in September with small (+31%) and medium SUVs (+15%) doing best. All-in-all, SUVs now account for over 31% of the Australian new light vehicle market…

And one brand has particularly benefitted from all this SUV love: Jeep. While the Grand Cherokee was the first-ever Jeep to break into the Top 10 best-selling models in the country back in May (it is #15 this month), in September Jeep as a whole becomes one of Australia’s 10 favourite manufacturers for the first time in the history of the 70-year history of the brand! It sells 2,937 units for a 3.1% market share, up 43% on September 2013 and overtaking Honda to rank #10, potentially thanks to the arrival of the new Cherokee. There are a few other interesting events in this month’s brands ranking, with a podium 100% Asian for only the second time ever in Australia after February 2013: Toyota leads as usual with 18.8% share above Mazda at a round 10% (+25% thanks to the popular M day promotion) and Hyundai stable at 9.3%. Holden is down 11% to #4 – only the 2nd time the homegrown brand ever falls out of the podium – and Ford down 18% to #5…

Foton Tunland Australia September 2013. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auLaunched one year ago, Foton finally appears in the Australian sales charts in September.

Other great gainers in the manufacturers charts in September include Audi up 31% to #15, Isuzu up 69% to #17, Land Rover up 44% to #18, Renault up 31% to #19, Porsche up 24% to #26, Jaguar up 54% to #29, Citroen up 46% to #30, Maserati up 750% to #35 and Infinti up 71% to #38. In the bad news aisle, Great Wall continues to slide dramatically at -68% to #28 and exactly two years after the start of its short-lived comeback, Opel is back to selling no car in Australia with its 746 units total for 2014 likely to be final. Finally, we welcome a third Chinese manufacturer with official sales in Australia this month: Foton landing directly at #34 with 64 sales (Great Wall:132, Chery:36). Keep in mind MG and Geely also sell here but do not report figures.

Mazda3 Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe Mazda3 is now only 23 units below the Toyota Corolla year-to-date!

Now onto the models ranking and the race for the title of best-selling car in the country is the closest it has ever been in the history of automobile in Australia – yessir! Boosted by the M-day promotion, the Mazda3 ends 6 consecutive month of Toyota Corolla reign at 4,014 sales vs. 3,893, meaning it is now only 23 units below the Corolla year-to-date at 33,083 vs. 33,106! Impossible to know which model will come out on top but my bet is on the Toyota Corolla as the Mazda3 owed its September top spot to the heavily-promoted sales of M-day which won’t repeat until next year.

Mazda CX-5 Australia September 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling SUV in Australia again in September.

The Holden Commodore reclaims the #4 spot it holds year-to-date off the Hyundai i30 despite sales down 9%, the Ford Ranger continues its very robust run at +20% in 6th place, the Mazda CX-5 is up an even more impressive 25% to top the SUV segment at #8 with 2,093 sales and the Hyundai ix35 lodges its 4th ever Top 10 ranking after May 2013 (#9), December 2013 and January 2014 (#10) in 10th position.

Previous month: Australia August 2014: Toyota Corolla takes tiny steps towards 2014 top spot

One year ago: Australia September 2013: Toyota Corolla closer to coronation

Full September 2014 Top 15 models and Top 50 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Australia August 2014: Toyota Corolla takes tiny steps towards annual #1

September 5th, 2014 4 comments

Toyota Corolla Australia August 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Corolla

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2014 won’t be a record year in Australia, it is now almost certain. With August sales down a disappointing 5.5% year-on-year to 88,157 registrations, the year-to-date total after 8 months now lags almost 20,000 units off last year at the same time at 737,975 – down 2.5%. Furthermore, new vehicle sales declined in every Australian state in territory in August, with the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland even reporting double-digit percentage drops.

Brand-wise, Toyota falls 12% but remains on top by far with 17.7% share while Holden (-19%) saves its 2nd spot for 34 units only above Hyundai up an impressive 10% to 9.8% share in third position. Jeep is up 29% to #11 and 3% share, BMW and Audi are both up 21% to #13 and #15 respectively, Isuzu is up 64%, Renault up 56%, Land Rover and Porsche both up 40% and Maserati up 475% thanks to the Ghibli.

Hyundai i30 Australia August 2014Hyundai now threatens Holden for 2nd spot in the brands ranking.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla enjoys its 6th consecutive month atop the sales charts in spite of sales down 12% year-on-year to 3,247 compared to the harsh 25% drop of the Mazda3 to 3,124 units. Little by little, the Toyota Corolla is inching its way towards a 2nd year atop the annual Australian sales rankings, now spoting a still very shy 144 unit-advantage over the Mazda3 year-to-date (29,213 vs. 29,069). Below the Toyota Hilux up 1% in third position, the Hyundai i30 overtakes the Holden Commodore (disappointingly down 17%) to hold the #4 spot for the third time in the past 12 months after November 2013 and January 2014. The Ford Ranger is up a beautiful 32% in 6th place, the Mitsubishi Triton up 31% at #7 while the Mazda CX-5 is once again the best-selling SUV in the country in spite of sales down 14% and the Holden Colorado at #10 makes it 4 utes inside the Top 10 like last month. Notice also the Jeep Grand Cherokee still extremely strong at #11.

Previous post: Australia: More Historical data now available

Previous month: Australia July 2014: Corolla edges past Mazda3 year-to-date

One year ago: Australia August 2013: Mazda3 #1, Toyota RAV4 hits all-time high

Full August 2014 Top 15 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Australia: More Historical Data now available

August 8th, 2014 No comments

Ford Falcon Australia 1977Ford Falcon

Thanks to Paul I can share with you more Historical Data for Australia, and today we discover a fascinating fact: whereas a Holden topped the Australian sales charts right from the launch of the brand in 1948, we had to wait a full 30 years to see a Ford become the best-seller in the country: the Falcon achieved this momentous performance in 1977 when it edged out the Holden Kingswood for pole position. The Kingswood reclaimed its crown in 1978, before the new Holden Commodore set everyone straight in 1979, but that’s another story…

See Australian Historical Data for the 1948-2013 period – all 42 articles here

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Australia July 2014: Corolla edges past Mazda3 year-to-date

August 5th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Corolla Australia July 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Corolla reclaims the #1 spot it held over the Full Year 2013.

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The Australian new car market seems to be stuck this year – at record levels, mind you – with registrations down 0.4% to 89,867 units in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 649,818 sales, down 2% on 2013. Thanks to a 5th consecutive month atop the models sales charts (3,800 sales and 4.2% share), the Toyota Corolla edges past the Mazda3 in the year-to-date ranking, reclaiming the pole position it held over the Full Year 2013. It’s going to be another extremely tight race for the top spot this year, with only 21 units (25,966 vs. 25,945) separating the Corolla from the Mazda3, helped by an astounding start of the year. The Toyota Hilux (+6%), Holden Commodore (-13%), Hyundai i30 (+6%) and Ford Ranger (+14%) follow, exactly like year-to-date.

Mazda CX-5 AustraliaJuly 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mazda CX-5 is the only SUV inside the Top 10 this month in Australia.

The Mazda CX-5 confirms its status of most popular SUV in Australia by reaching a best-ever 7th place thanks to 1,895 sales and 2.1% share (+16%), a ranking it also hit last January. The Holden Cruze (#9) and Colorado (#10) make it 3 Holdens inside the Top 10 for the first time in years, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers its 2nd best-ever monthly ranking in the country at #11 and 1,409 sales (+18%) below the #10 spot it reached last May. Finally, notice the all-new Nissan Qashqai already making itself noticed with 604 sales.

Mercedes A Class Australia July 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auMercedes sales are up 29% year-on-year in Australia in July.

Brand-wise, Toyota (-5%) and Holden (-11%) lead but drop while Hyundai (+4%) maintains itself in third position above Mazda (-6%) and Volkswagen gains 8% year-on-year in 8th place. Outside the Top 10, there are some very impressive gains indeed: Mercedes is up 29% to #11, Jeep up 35% to #13, Audi up 16% to #15, Isuzu up 59% to #16, Renault up 37% to #19, Fiat up 26% to #20 and Porsche up 68% to #26.

Previous month: Australia June 2014: Toyota Corolla #1, Mitsubishi Triton breaks records

One year ago: Australia July 2013: Holden Commodore at highest in 16 months

Full July 2014 Top 15 models and Top 46 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Australia/USA: More Historical Data now available!

July 30th, 2014 No comments

Ford Fairmont USA 19781978 Ford Fairmont

Thanks to Paul I have just added more detailed Historical Data for two countries: Australia and the USA. For Australia, you now have access to a Top 10 ranking for 1978, 1988 and 1989 and for the US there is a Top 10 ranking for February 1978 which adds a different perspective to the figures already published on BSCN. These were very different times with a Top 10 composed of 10 American cars in the US (not a single Japanese model in sight) while in Australia Holden and Ford dominated with the Kingswood, Commodore and Falcon but there were already 5 Japanese cars inside the Top 10 in 1978, led by the Datsun 200B…

You can check out all Australian and American Historical Data updates here:

Australia 1948-2013 Historical Data (42 articles featuring vintage photographs)

USA 1908-2013 Historical Data (42 articles)

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Australia June 2014: Corolla #1, Mitsubishi Triton breaks records

July 3rd, 2014 No comments

Toyota Corolla Australia June 2014Toyota Corolla

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In June, new car sales in Australia are down just 0.4% year-on-year on what was an all-time record month for the industry in June 2013, making June 2014 the second biggest month ever in the history of automobile in Australia at 118,309 registrations. June is traditionally the year’s strongest month in Australia as the end of the financial year pushes manufacturers to offer cut-throat prices to boost their sales results. Toyota is down 6% but remains leader at 20,808 sales and 17.6%.

Holden Commodore Australia June 2014Holden has its best month at home in two years.

Holden is up a spectacular 18% year-on-year to 12,332 units and 10.4% share, its highest total since June 2011 and the brand’s 10th consecutive month outperforming the market. Hyundai sells more than 10,000 vehicle in a single month in Australia for the first time ever at 10,008 units and 8.5%. Volkswagen is up 20% in 8th place and Kia is back inside the Top 10 at #10 with 3,305 sales and 2.8%.

Hyundai i30 Australia June 2014Hyundai delivers its highest monthly volume ever in Australia in June, no less!

Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla is the most popular model in the country for the 4th time in a row thanks to 4,648 sales and 3.9% share, the nameplate’s highest monthly results since December 2010 and its best June in 6 years. It is also the strongest monthly score for any model in Australia since the Mazda3 delivered 4,649 units in December 2012. Beating its archenemy the Mazda3 by 589 sales this month, the Corolla now trails the 3 by only 358 units in the year-to-date ranking at 22,166 sales vs. 22,459, both nameplates securing a 4% share of the Australian market.

Mitsubishi L200 Australia May 2013The Mitsubishi Triton breaks into the Australian podium for the first time.

Boosted by sharp rebates, the Mitsubishi Triton breaks all its records this month: after breaking into the monthly Top 5 for the first time last year and doing so 4 times (in February, May, June and December 2013), it now jumps onto the Australian podium for the very first time at a brilliant third place with 4,124 sales and 3.5% share. Its previous bests were #4 in May 2013, 3,956 sales in June 2013 and 3.1% in December 2013. The Triton even beat the mighty Hilux in the 4×4 pick-up sales charts this month and for the first time ever. In the Top 10, notice also the Ford Ranger up 65% to #6, the Holden Commodore up 47% at #7 and the Nissan Navara up 6 spots on May to #9.

Previous month: Australia May 2014: Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Australia June 2013: Toyota Hilux hits best-ever volume, Corolla leads year-to-date

Full June 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Table below.

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Australia May 2014: Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks into Top 10

June 4th, 2014 3 comments

Jeep Grand Cherokee Australia May 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe Jeep Grand Cherokee is more popular in Australia than at home in the US.

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New car sales in Australia are disappointingly down 3% year-on-year in May to 94,562 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 441,642 units, also down 3% on 2013. The SUV segment is the only one to gain ground on May 2013 at +2% while passenger cars (-4%) and light commercial vehicles (-8%) sink. Illustrating this trend, after the Toyota Prado (#7) and RAV4 (#8) both reached their all-time high monthly ranking last month, another SUV reaches record levels in May: the Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks into the Australian Top 10 for the very first time, smashing its previous high of #14 hit last January thanks to 1,694 sales and 1.8%, also its volume and share records.

Nissan X-Trail Australia May 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auNissan X-Trail

This is the first time in the history of automobile in Australia that a Jeep manages to find its way among the 10 most popular vehicles in the country. It makes the Grand Cherokee more popular here than it is at home in the US where it currently ranks #23 so far in 2014 and last appeared inside the monthly Top 10 in… December 2005! Other great performers this month in Australia include the Holden Commodore up 61% year-on-year and faithful to the 4th place it also holds year-to-date, the Ford Ranger up 36% to #6, VW Golf up a fantastic 46% to #7 thanks to the new model and the Nissan X-Trail in 14th position with 1,448 sales vs. #22 year-to-date.

Toyota Corolla Australia May 2014Can the Toyota Corolla reclaim the overall leadership off the Mazda3 later this year?

Atop the ranking, helped by the new sedan, the Toyota Corolla manages to finish first for the third consecutive month and the 7th time in the last 12 months thanks to 3,871 sales and 4.1% share (+6%) above the Toyota Hilux at 3,313 units and 3.5% (-10%) and the Mazda3 with 3,291 sales (+8%). However this is still not enough to compensate for the stunning figures the Mazda3 delivered in January and February and the Corolla still trails year-to-date at 17,518 sales vs. 18,465.

Mercedes A Class Australia May 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auMercedes is among Australia’s Top 10 brands for the first time this month.

Brand-wise, Toyota still reigns supreme at 18.2% share despite sales down 9%, ahead of Holden at 9.5% (+9%), Hyundai at 8.9% (+5%) Mazda at 8.2% (-5%) and Ford at 7.3% (-4%). Nissan (+6%) is back above Mitsubishi (-18%) while Volkswagen (-11%) and Subaru (-9%) struggle. But the big event is the 10th place of Mercedes, jumping into the Australian Top 10 for the very first time thanks to sales up 10% year-on-year to 2,611 units. Thanks A and GLA Class!

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