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 rates also went up when it came down to people selling their motorhome, many prefer to get passenger cars instead, I am actually about to sell my motorhome as well.

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.

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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.

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The Australian new car market starts the year on the right foot with a 0.6% year-on-year increase to 84.910 registrations. The big figure this month is 793: that’s the tiny difference between sales of passenger cars (34.920) and SUVs (34.127) – never have the two categories been so close. This gives SUVs a 40.2% market share vs. 39.2% in January 2016 and 33.7% in 2015, while passenger cars are at 41.1% vs. 41.7% in 2016 and 48.5% in 2015. To this, add 13.942 light commercials and 1.921 heavy commercials. December being an annual peak for fleet sales, January is traditionally a strong private sales month and 2017 is no exception: privates are up 4.2% to 46.905 vs. just 31.393 for business sales (-5.7%), 2.552 for government sales (-4.2%) and 2.139 sales to rental companies (+16%).

Nissan X-Trail Australia November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Nissan X-Trail hits its highest ever monthly ranking in Australia at #8.

The largest States are New South Wales-Sydney (29.068 +2.4%), Victoria-Melbourne (24.636 +9.4%), Queensland-Brisbane (15.709 -8.6%), Western Australia-Perth (7.037 -10.5%), South Australia-Adelaide (5.134 -1.4%), ACT-Canberra (1.438 +5%), Tasmania (1.337 +3%) and Northern Territory (652 +4.2%). The leading sources of vehicles sold in Australia in January are Japan (25.505), Thailand (19.642), South Korea (12.753), Germany (6.759), Australia (3.766 – this figure will be zero in 2018), the United States (3.734) and the United Kingdom (2.739). The most popular segments this months are small cars (17.830 +2%), medium SUVs (13.956 +9%), large SUV (10.970 +2%), 4×4 utes-pickups (9.526 -4%) and small SUVs (8.182 -4%).

Kia ranks #8 brand, its highest ever. The Cerato hits a record #13. 

Toyota (14.8%) remains the #1 brand in Australia above Mazda equalling the all-time high market share of 11.9% it also hit a year ago. Holden surprises with a 5.3% improvement to #3, overtaking Hyundai (-4.2%). Ford is consistent at +7.4% in 5th place above Mitsubishi (+1.4%) and Nissan (-9.9%). Outstanding performance of Kia up 28.9% to a highest-ever 8th place, placing the Cerato at a record #13 with sales up 89%. Subaru (#9) is up an equally impressive +17.7%, while outside the Top 10 Honda (+19.7%), Renault (+20.3%), LDV (+27.8%), Infiniti (+36.8%), Jaguar (+64.2%) and Maserati (+88.9%) also impress. On the other hand, Volvo (-17.7%), Isuzu (-20.9%), Citroen (-48.6%), Jeep (-65.8%) and Ssangyong (-70.5%) all struggle.

Like every January since 2012, the Mazda3 is the best-selling vehicle in Australia this month.

A favourite with private buyers, the Mazda3 has been the best-selling vehicle in Australia in January of every single year since 2012 and follows suit in 2017 in spite of declining sales at -7%. The Toyota Corolla evolves in the opposite way at +7% in 2nd place, while the third best-seller in the category, the Hyundai i30, is relegated to 5th place overall (+9%) just ahead of the Holden Commodore enjoying a last minute revival at +58%.

The Toyota Hilux edges 20 units past the Ford Ranger. Picture caradvice.com.au 

Hero of 2016 as the very first ute to lead the annual Australian sales charts, the Toyota Hilux has had to fight tooth and nail to remain in its segment lead this month: up 15% to 2.702 sales it is only 20 units above its archenemy the Ford Ranger (+8%). In fact, looking at the more lucrative 4×4 ute sales, the Ranger (2.221) is runaway leader ahead of the Hilux (1.964) and Holden Colorado (1.333). The Hilux makes up for it with its budget 4×2 offering at 738 vs. 401 for the Ranger and 385 for the Mazda BT-50. Keep in mind most Hilux 4×4 sales are through the top-of-the-line SR5 variant while most Ranger sold are XLT and Wildtrak variants priced from AU$ 60k up.

The Holden Captiva is up 3-fold on January 2016 to #15.

If a year ago there were four utes in the January Top 10, this time SUVs are the stars of the show, also totalling  four among the country’s ten best-sellers, a record. The Mazda CX-5 (+10%) remains the most popular, just ahead of the Nissan X-Trail (+47%), hitting its highest ever ranking in Australia at #8 with previous bests of #9 in November 2015 and #10 in March 2012. The Hyundai Tucson (-19%) and Mazda CX-3 (+7%) follow. This is only the second time the CX-3 breaks into the monthly Australian Top 10 (#9 in May 2016) and it also means Mazda places three nameplates inside the Top 10 vs. just two for Toyota. Continuing with SUVs, notice the Toyota RAV4 (#12), Holden Captiva up 182% to #15, Mitsubishi ASX (#17), Toyota Prado (#21), Kia Sportage (#22) and Honda HR-V (#23).

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Australian new vehicle sales set an all-time record volume for the second year running and the fourth time in the past five years, up 2% or almost 23.000 units on 2015 to 1.178.133. Yet if in 2015 the record was considered “healthy”, this year private sales are down sharply at -7% to 571.544 to fall from 52.5% share a year ago down to 48.5% this time. The market growth comes solely from business sales up a whopping 13% year-on-year to 472.156 and 40.1% share (35.9% in 2015) as well as rental sales up 6% to 60.335 and 5.1% of the market. Government sales are down 1.4% to 40.989. A methodology note: private buyers using their ABN (Australian Business Number) to buy a single car count as a business sale, while novated leases count as private. All in all, it’s the good health of the Australian economy that has lifted the car market up this year, not the appetite of private buyers.

Hyundai Tucson Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auSUV sales are up 8% year-on-year in Australia, passenger cars down 6%.

The main trend at play in the Australian market and symbolised by the new #1 model (see further down), is the shift towards recreational vehicles and away from traditional passenger cars. Light commercials (mainly composed of pickup trucks – nicknamed “utes” in Australia) are up a splendid 9.4% year-on-year in 2016 to hit 217.400 sales and 18.5% share while SUV sales are up 8% to 441.100 and 37.4% share (35.4% in 2015). These two segments now hold a commanding 55.9% of the Australian new vehicle market vs. 52.6% last year. Passenger cars on the other hand are down 5.7% to 486.600 units or 41.3% share vs. 44.6% in 2015. The most popular segments are small cars (224,450 sales, down 4%), medium SUV (172.194, up 16.5%), 4×4 ute (146.820, up 10%), large SUV (142.495, up 2%) and small SUV (110.413, up 2%).

Toyota Corolla Australia 2016With the Corolla at #2, Toyota is the first ever carmaker to manage an annual 1-2 in Australia.

Looking at sales in each State, only two lose volume compared to 2015. New South Wales/Sydney continues to dominate at 397.563 registrations and also lodges the largest year-on-year increase at +4.4%. It is followed by Victoria/Melbourne at 326.269 (+3.4%), Queensland/Brisbane at 233.026 (-1.1%), Western Australia/Perth at 100.234 (-5.6%), South Australia/Adelaide at 71.738 (+3.9%), Tasmania at 19.751 (+0.3%), Australian Capital Territory at 18.816 (+4.3%) and Northern Territory at 10.736 (+2%). With Ford ending local manufacturing in October this year and both Holden and Toyota set to do so in 2017, Australia has slipped below Germany to become only the #5 new vehicle source country. Japan leads with 325.689 units (-3%) ahead of Thailand at 285.465 (+14%), South Korea at 162.642 (+16%), Germany at 87.392 (-0.6%) with Australia lagging behind at 87.096 homemade sales, down 11% on 2015. This figure will be zero in 2018.

mazda-cx-9-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auMazda is up 3.7% to reach a record 10% market share in Australia. 

With sales up 3.1% to 209.610, Toyota marks 20 years in the Australian pole position, including the past 14 straight years. This is the fifth year in a row and the 12th time in the past 13 years that Toyota is above 200.000 annual Australian sales (record: 238,983 in 2008), with no other carmaker managing to break this milestone in the country. The Japanese carmaker is leader in every State and Territory. In 2nd place like last year – the brand’s highest ranking in the world, we find pure importer Mazda, up another 3.7% to reach record volumes (118.217) and market share at a round 10%. Mazda even outsold Toyota in SUV sales in September despite having only three models in its SUV lineup (CX-3, CX-5, CX-9) vs. more than double for Toyota.

Hyundai i30 Australia 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Hyundai i30 incredibly led the year-to-date charts halfway through 2016.

Hyundai drops 0.4% but is up one spot to jump onto the Australian annual podium for the first time since its introduction in the country in 1986, “posing little threat” according to the local specialised press. Behind these stable sales hides a historical year for Hyundai: the i30 was the best-selling nameplate in Australia overall for an incredible four consecutive months between March and June and even led the YTD ranking half-way through the year. However depleting stock of the current generation meant it had to recede to third place overall – still the nameplate’s best ever annual finish, above the Mazda3. Local brand Holden is kicked out of the annual podium for the first time ever in Australia, down 8.4% to 94.308 sales. Ford on the other hand has turned around its sinking fortunes in a spectacular manner, up 15.3% to 81.207 sales this year and bypassing Mitsubishi (+2.3%) to rank 5th.

Kia Sportage Australia 2016Kia surges 26.5% to break into the annual Australian Top 10 for the first time. 

Subaru continues to impress with a 7.8% gain to remain in 9th position, now threatening Volkswagen (-6.1%). But Kia is by far the most impressive performer in the Australian Top 20 this year: up 26.5% to break into the annual Top 10 for the very first time, stealing this honour from Mercedes (+13.3%), still the luxury king. BMW (+12%), Isuzu Ute (+11.4%), Land Rover (+14.4%), Volvo (+18.9%), Infiniti (+40.6%), LDV (+101%) and Jaguar (+132.8%) also impress. We welcome two new manufacturers in Australia in 2016: American pickup maker Ran landing at #37 with 292 sales and Chinese SUV specialist Haval at #38 with 286.

Toyota Camry Australia 2016The Toyota Camry outsells the Holden Commodore to become #1 Aussie-made. 

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux surges 20% to snap the annual pole position off its stablemate the Toyota Corolla – leader for the past three consecutive years. This is a historical win for the Hilux, the first time it ends the year in pole position in Australia and the first time a commercial vehicle (more recreational in fact these days) takes the annual lead in the country. This victory comes as the Hilux is under intense pressure from the Ford Ranger, up an even more impressive 27% to nudge up one spot to a best-ever 4th place overall this year. Interestingly, 2016 isn’t the Hilux’s best year at 42.104 sales: it sold 42.956 units in 2008, the year it first hit #1 in the monthly sales charts – in April and October. Its 2016 wins rewards consistency as the Hilux only topped the monthly charts twice this year vs. 3 times for the Toyota Corolla and 4 times for the Hyundai i30, the other nameplates on the 2016 podium. The Hilux also ends up narrowly winning the 4×4 ute battle opposing it to the Ford Ranger at 31.076 sales vs. 30.880, whereas the Ranger was still in the lead at end-November.

mazda-cx-5-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-wheelsmag-com-auThe Mazda CX-5 is the #1 SUV in Australia for the 4th straight year. 

In 2016, Toyota places the Hilux and Corolla in the top two spots. Although this seems entirely logical given the brand’s domination over the Australian market, it is actually the first time in history that one brand delivers an annual 1-2. Market leader in 2011 and 2012, the Mazda3 plunges down four spots to a paltry 5th position. The Toyota Camry (-4%) becomes the best-selling Aussie-made nameplate for the very first time in history, dislodging the Holden Commodore (-7%) thanks to a fleet-filled December when it ranked #1 overall, just like a year ago. The Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling SUV in Australia for the fourth consecutive year, climbing up to a best-ever 8th place overall despite sales tilting down 2% to 24.564: incredibly, the CX-5 has led the SUV category each full year it has been in market here. This time it is followed by the Hyundai Tucson, up 4-fold on 2015 to end its first full year of sales at a stunning 11th position, already better than anything the Hyundai ix35 did before it (PB of 19.086 sales and #12 in 2013)…

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Toyota Hilux Ford Ranger Australia 2016. Picture courtesy carmag.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux wins three Australian States in 2016, the Ford Ranger wins two. 

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For the 6th year on BSCB it is now time to share with you the best-sellers in each Australian State/Territory, and for the 2nd year we are able to extend the State rankings to the Top 100 models. This is exclusive data you won’t find anywhere else on the web. For the 4th straight year, the Toyota Hilux is the only nameplate managing three State wins (Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory) but this year its performance is finally rewarded with the #1 position nationwide (See our Australia Full Year 2016 article here). The Mazda3 loses Victoria but wins South Australia by the skin of its teeth and scores two State wins along with the Australian Capital Territory while the Toyota Corolla holds on to Australia’s #1 state, New South Wales. But the real winner in 2016 is the Ford Ranger: after snapping its first ever State win in 2015 in Tasmania, Ford’s ute not only holds onto this State but also snatches Australia’s #2 State: Victoria, and misses out on a South Australian win for just two sales… Finally, for the first time in its 38 year-career, the Holden Commodore doesn’t win any Australian State in 2016.

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Toyota Corolla Australia 2016The Toyota Corolla remains the best-seller in New South Wales.

New South Wales (Sydney)

New South Wales is once again the largest Australian State in terms of car sales volume in 2016, up 4.4% to 397.563 units. In spite of sales down 1% to 14.985, the Toyota Corolla remains in the lead, fending off the Toyota Hilux gaining a stunning 26% and two spots to #2 and 13.752 units. The Hilux overtakes the Hyundai i30 (+15%) and Mazda3 (-3%) while the Ford Ranger surges 30% to 5th place. Going against the national ternd, the Holden Commodore actually improves its NSW ranking on last year to #6 thanks to deliveries up 9%. The VW Golf drops two ranks to #7, the Mazda CX-5 remains at #8 and the Hyundai Tucson is up 256% to break into the Top 10. The Mazda CX-3 (#13), Mitsubishi ASX (+44%), Hyundai Accent (+57%) and Kia Sportage (+85%) also make themselves noticed.

ford-ranger-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-4x4australia-com-auFirst ever win in Victoria for the Ford Ranger. 

Victoria (Melbourne)

Victorian new car sales are up 3.4% year-on-year to 326.269 registrations, and we witness a momentous shift in the lead of the models ranking of the State. For the first time ever, a commercial vehicle is the best-seller in Victoria: the Ford Ranger. Thanks to sales up a stunning 34% on 2015, the Ranger surges from #6 to pole position with 10.305 units, the only vehicle with a five digit-sales figure this year. The Mazda3 (-8%) is dethroned, the Toyota Corolla (-6%) is knocked down one spot to #3, the Hyundai i30 resists and gains one rank to #4 thanks to sales up 20% but the Toyota Camry (-2%) and Holden Commodore (-8%) also fall. Almost 2.000 sales below its archenemy, the Toyota Hilux struggles in Victoria and despite deliveries up 25% it only ranks 7th here. In the SUV charts, the Mazda CX-5 (-3%) is now under threat from the Nissan X-Trail (+10%) only 772 sales below. The Mazda CX-3 soars 43% to #11, the Hyundai Tucson is up 284% to #12, the Hyundai Accent up 90% to #19 and the Kia Cerato up 46% to #21.

toyota-hilux-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe Toyota Hilux remains #1 in Queensland for the 10th consecutive year.

Queensland (Brisbane)

Queensland is only one of two States to see its total sales drop in 2016: down 1.1% to 233.026 units. As local production is scheduled to end in the country in 2017 and with no recent history of local automotive manufacturing in the State, pure importers hold a much larger share in Queensland than nationwide: only two four nameplates (the Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado) are not Asian in the Top 20 vs. four in 2015. Queensland remains the kingdom of pickup trucks, affectionately nickamed “utes” in Australia (for utility), with 7 of them placing in the Top 16 vs. just 3 nationally. The Toyota Hilux celebrates ten consecutive years as the best-selling vehicle in the State and posts a flamboyant 14% gain to 10.512 deliveries, the Ford Ranger improves 17% and two spots to #4, the Mitsubishi Triton (-10%) drops one to #6, the Holden Colorado (-4%) also at #9, the Nissan Navara is up 25% and 4 ranks to #11, the Isuzu D-Max gains 8% but drops 3 ranks to #13 and the Mazda BT-50 edges up 0.2% to #16. In 2nd place overall, the Hyundai i30 is up 17% and two spots on last year, overtaking the Toyota Corolla (-10%) while the Mazda3 freefalls 14% to #5. The Hyundai Accent shoots up 73% and 14 spots on 20165 to brilliantly break into the Top 10 at #7.

Toyota Prado Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Prado ranks 6th in Western Australia vs. #20 nationwide. 

Western Australia (Perth)

Handicapped by the end of the mining boom, the Western Australian new vehicle market suffers a third consecutive sizeable decline in 2016 at -5.6% to 100.234. This State has lost 20% of its annual volume since the high of 125.544 sales reached back in 2013. Similarly to Queensland, Western Australia’s rugged terrain favours four-wheel-drives and the Toyota Hilux posts a 9th consecutive year atop the sales charts thanks to deliveries up 11% to 4.599. The Ford Ranger is catching up though: up 17% and one spot on 2015 to land in 2nd place with 3.916 sales. The Hyundai i30 also gains one rank to #3 thanks to sales up 15%, both nameplates overtaking the Toyota Corolla (-10%). Below the Mazda3 (-15%), the Toyota Prado remains at a stunning 6th place vs. #20 nationwide and is now followed by the Hyundai Tucson (+290%) – posting its highest annual ranking in all of Australia at #7 – and the Hyundai Accent (+75%).

Mazda3 Australia 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Mazda3 replaces the Holden Commodore at #1 in South Australia. Picture caradvice.com.au

South Australia (Adelaide)

New vehicle sales in South Australia are up 3.9% year-on-year in 2016 to 71.738 registrations and we have an all-new market leader in the State this year: the Mazda3, enjoying a 10% rise to 2.712 sales. The race was incredibly tight with the #2 though: the Ford Ranger ends the year just two lonely sales below the Mazda… Leader in 2015, the Holden Commodore (-9%) abdicates its title and drops to third place. With its local production scheduled to end in October 2017, we will never see the Commodore at #1 in any Australian State anymore. The Toyota Hilux is up a very vigorous 22% in SA this year but remains in 4th place, ahead of the Toyota Corolla up 2% but down 3 spots and the Mitsubishi Triton (-2%). The Hyundai i30 is up 19%, the Mitsubishi ASX surges 29% to break into the Top 10 and the Subaru Forester is up 28% to #12.

Mitsubishi ASX Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Mitsubishi ASX hits its highest State ranking in Tasmania at #3.

Tasmania (Hobart)

Tasmanian new vehicle sales edge up 0.3% year-on-year in 2016 to 19.751 units. Last year, the Ford Ranger delivered its very first State win here, and it reiterates this feat in 2016 thanks to sales up 14% to 859. That’s 30 above the Toyota Corolla, author of a surprising 18% rise this year to 2nd place. #2 in 2015 only 14 units below the Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton freefalls 33% to #8 in 2016. The Mitsubishi ASX for its part remains on the third step of the podium (+4%) by far its best State ranking in all of Australia. The Hyundai Accent is also at its State peak here in 5th place (+69%), with the Toyota RAV4 (+43%) shining as well at #7. The Subaru XV posts its only Top 10 ranking in the country in Tasmania at #10 thanks to deliveries shooting up 61% to #10. Notice also the Holden Trax up 145% to #15 and the VW Amarok up 15% to #20.

Hyundai i30 Australia 2016The Hyundai i30 hits its highest ranking in ACT and Queensland. 

Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)

New car sales in ACT are up 4% in 2016 to a record 18.816 units. After dropping 13% in 2015, the Mazda3 turns around with a 6% year-on-year increase to remain in the lead with 843 sales. The Hyundai i30 surges 34% and 3 spots on last year to land in 2nd position – its highest in any State, also reached in Queensland – knocking the VW Golf down to #3. The Toyota Hilux (+33%) and Ford Ranger (+47%) make inroads into the ranking to reach #5 and #6 respectively, while the Hyundai Tucson soars to #8. The Kia Cerato (+55%) misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 16 sales, the Nissan X-Trail (+36%), Mazda CX-3 (+51%), Subaru Forester (+35%), Nissan Qashqai (+50%) and Honda Civic (+60%) also shine.

Toyota RAV4 Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota RAV4 ranks 4th in Northern Territory: the highest in Australia.

Northern Territory (Darwin)

The Northern Territory, home of Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) symbolises Australian nature at its wildest. Larger than France, Germany and Spain put together, it is only populated by 243.700 inhabitants, 60% of them in its capital, Darwin. The smallest market in Australia, Northern Territory saw its sales gain 2% year-on-year in 2016 to 10.736, still a notch below the high of 11.393 hit in 2013. The Northern Territory is Toyota territory: the Japanese manufacturer holds more than double the market share it has nationwide at 38.8% vs. 17.8% across the country… Toyota places 8 nameplates inside the Top 11, with the Hilux holding the top spot for the 19th year in row with 10.4% market share, followed by the Toyota Corolla at 5.4%. There is a surprise in third place: the Ford Ranger gains 21% to step on the podium, whereas Toyota monopolised the Top 5 in 2015. The Toyota RAV4 impresses at +26% to #4, the Prado drops 27% to #5 ahead of the Mitsubishi ASX (+56%). Notice also the Toyota Fortuner breaking into the Top 20 for its first full year of sales.

Australia post: Australia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux first ever “ute” to lead annual sales

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Australia: 1984-2016 Nameplates records now available

Holden Commodore SS Australia 1998The Holden Commodore sold a record 94.642 units in Australia in 1998.

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This ranking has now been updated with 2016 figures and official sales data spanning the past 33 years. In 2016, the Toyota Hilux becomes only the 5th nameplate to finish the year at #1 after the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. The Hyundai i30 (37.772 sales) and Ford Ranger (36.934) both break their annual volume records and now rank among the nation’s 10 most successful nameplate, knocking the Ford Laser and Holden Astra out. The Mazda CX-5 hits a record 8th place, while the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Accent, Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Kia Cerato, Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Qashqai all post record volumes in 2016.

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Toyota Hilux Australia 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger is only the 5th nameplate to rank #1 in the past 33 years.

The original post starts here: Now that year-end detailed models rankings for Australia are available without interruption since 1984, I can give you a summary of the most popular nameplates over the period. They are ranked by yearly volume record, with info on their record market share and position also included. No surprise on top: the Holden Commodore holds the nameplate all-time record with 94.642 units sold in 1998. It’s fair to say that this record is in safe hands: with the fragmentation of the market, last year’s leader has sold just under 44.000 units.

The Ford Falcon holds the Australian market share record in the past 30 years at 15.3%.

Note that the Commodore’s market share record is a nowadays-impossible 12.8% reached in 1996, while the Ford Falcon, whose volume record was reached in 1995 (81.366), holds the all-time market share record at 15.3% in 1987. The Toyota Corolla is the third most popular nameplate in Australia over the past 33 years with a record of 47.901 sales in 2008. The Mazda3 follows, ahead of the Hyundai Excel, Toyota Hilux and Camry and Mitsubishi Magna.

Toyota Corolla in Broken Hill, Australia – April 2008

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Australia November 2016: Hilux vs. Ranger the new iconic battle

ford-ranger-toyota-hilux-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-autocar-co-nzThe Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are the two Australian best-sellers again in November.

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Despite a stable score in November – up 0.3% year-on-year to 98.937 registrations, the Australian new car market is headed towards a second consecutive annual record at 1.079.370 units year-to-date, up 2% on the same period in 2015. SUVs, accounting for 38% of the market, and light commercials (19%) are once again the engines of growth in Australia just as the passenger car segment continues to falter at just 40% share in a market biased by business purchases. Private sales fall flat once again at -5% to 47.335 while business sales are up 8% to 39.172. Government purchases (down 3% to 3.593) and rental sales (down 2.5% to 5.880) struggle also. In the segment detail, the most popular are small cars (17.4% share), medium SUVs (16.2%), 4×4 utes/pickups (12.9%) and large SUVs (11.7%).

toyota-hilux-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auIn one month, the Toyota Hilux could become the first ever ute to top annual Australian sales. 

The most dynamic states are Northern Territory (up 10% to 808 sales), Tasmania (up 7% to 1.903), Victoria (up 6% to 28.991), Australian Capital Territory (up 5% to 1.631) and South Australia (up 4% to 6.259). Declining states are New South Wales (down 0.7% to 32.995), Queensland (down 3% to 18.733) and Western Australia (down 12% to 7.657) more and more affected by the mining slump. Where do cars sold in Australia come from? Primarily Japan (27.307 units), Thailand (24.738), South Korea (13.352), home-made (7.486), Germany (7.469), the U.S.A. (4.029) and the UK (2.440).

ford-ranger-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-4x4australia-com-auThe Ford Ranger had never ranked #2 in Australia before last month. It’s now twice in a row. 

Brand-wise, Toyota remains and by far master in command despite sales skidding down 1% to 18.162 units, that’s still more than its next two followers combined. Mazda is stable (+0.2%) in 2nd place, but this hides an Australian first for the Japanese carmaker: for the first time in its history, every Mazda SUV and passenger car ranks first, second or third in their respective segments in November. The CX-9 notably, is a smashing success, outselling both the Toyota Kluger and Holden Captiva this month. Mazda is the 2nd best-selling SUV brand in November with its three nameplates selling 4.280 units vs. 4.976 for Toyota that has twice as many models in this segment.

mazda-cx-9-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe new generation Mazda CX-9 is an instant blockbuster in Australia.

Hyundai is down 5% to 8.1% share but remains solidly anchored to the YTD third place, on its way to post its first ever annual podium finish in Australia. Holden freefalls 13% to just 7.8% and Ford is up 8% to 6.9% share in fifth place just as the Falcon ends 56 years of Australian production. Mitsubishi (+14%), Volkswagen (+10%), Mercedes (+18%), Kia (+19%) and Honda (+14%) post the largest sales gains in the Top 15. Among smaller brands, Jaguar (+26%), LDV (+30%) and Ferrari (+229%) impress, whereas Jeep (-13%), Alfa Romeo (-55%), Peugeot (-56%) and Ssangyong (-70%) suffer. Newcomers Haval (47 units) and Ram (16) remain very discreet while comeback kid Great Wall sells 45 units of its Steed in November.

Ford-Falcon-Holden-Australia-1960The Ford Falcon (1960-2016)

In a telling sign of changing Australian tastes, two utes (Australian slang for pick-up trucks) dominate the overall sales charts in November, for the second consecutive month and ever. The Toyota Hilux wins again at 3.839 units vs. 3.410 for the Ford Ranger. This month, the Hilux dominates both 4×2 Ute sales at 934 vs. 590 for the Ranger and 4×4 Utes at 2.905 vs. 2.820, but the Ranger is ahead year-to-date as far as 4×4 Utes are concerned with 28.009 vs. 27.851 for the Hilux. In the overall YTD charts, the Toyota Hilux remains in the pole position with 38.018 units sold so far in 2016 and is on track to become the first ute to ever top the Australian annual sales charts. For perspective, this means the Hilux on its own is currently selling similar numbers as brands such as Kia, Mercedes and Honda… The fact that the majority of Hilux and Ranger are sold as 4×4 dual cabs with an average transaction price of above $50,000 gives an idea of how popular these two vehicles are in Australia.

Previous month: Australia October 2016: Two pickups (utes) on top for the first time

One year ago: Australia November 2015: Nissan shines in strongest November ever

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

toyota-hilux-ford-ranger-australia-october-2016-picture-courtesy-youtube-comLeaning towards the American market: Australia.

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October sales in Australia are disappointing: down 1% year-on-year to 93.357 units, however the year-to-date tally is still at all-time record heights, up 2.4% on 2015 to 980.433. That’s 23.000 more sales than at the same time last year. Passenger cars, down 7.4% to 37.817 registrations, seem irremediably destined to be overtaken by SUVs, up another 4.9% to 36.442, the smallest gap between the two categories so far in Australia, while light commercials are up a tiny 0.4% to 16.098. Once again, the news isn’t good in the private sales aisle, indicating a growing shyness of every day consumers at -3.5% to 42.643, compensated by business sales doing the heavy lifting at +2.6% to 38.299.

Hyundai Tucson Australia October 2016The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling SUV in Australia in October. 

Only three States manage an increase: Tasmania up 13% to 1.937, Victoria up 4% to 27.546 and New South Wales up 2% to 31.850. Reversely, South Australia is down 6% to 5.450, the Australian Capital Territory down 7% to 1.411, Queensland down 7.5% to 16.870, Northern Territory down 9% to 713 and Western Australia once again the most affected due to the slowing down of mining activity at -11% to 7.580. In October Australia bought 25.662 new vehicles imported from Japan, 21.244 from Thailand, 13.891 from South Korea, bought 7.179 Australia-made cars and 7.518 made in Germany. Ford, stopping local manufacturing this month, is down 11% to 1.099 Australia-made sales in October but the two other local carmakers (until 2017) are up: Holden at 3.609 (+10.5%) and Toyota at 2.471 (+3.6%).

Kia Sportage Australia October 2016Australian Kia sales are up 24% in October, enabling the brand to return inside the Top 10.

In the overall brands ranking, Toyota remains in control at 17.5% share (-4%), with Hyundai overtaking Mazda for 2nd place at 9.3% share (-3%) vs. 8.5% (-7%), Holden (-7%) and Ford (+7%) rounding up the Top 5. Ford is up 17% year-to-date whereas Holden is down 7%. Volkswagen (+9%), Subaru (+1%) and Kia (+24%) are the other manufacturers posting positive results inside the Top 10. Further down, Mercedes surges up 33%, Renault is up 43% thanks to the all-new Koleos, Skoda is up 15%, Fiat up 20%, Mini up 19%, Jaguar up 64% and Bentley up 125%. Jeep (-38%), Alfa Romeo (-43%), Peugeot (-50%), Foton (-51%) and Chrysler (-59%) struggle.

Mercedes GLC Australia October 2016Mercedes surges 33% this month.

But the big event this month is the 1-2 signed by utes – Australian slang for pickup trucks – the first time in Australian history this happens. The Toyota Hilux is the outright best-selling vehicle in the country, selling 3.352 vs. 3.339 a year ago in October 2015 when it also ranked #1. This enables the Hilux to reclaim the #1 year-to-date position off its stablemate the Toyota Corolla for just 21 sales at 34.179 (+19%) vs. 34.158 (-3%). Of concern though for Toyota (once again) is the outstanding performance of the Ford Ranger, soaring 24% to 3.217 units in 2nd place. This is the Ranger’s best-ever monthly ranking in Australia, its previous best being #3, hit four times in 2016. This performance lifts Ford’s ute up to #4 year-to-date below the Hyundai i30, overtaking the Mazda3 for the first time.

renault-koleos-australia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auRenault is up 43% thanks to the new Koleos, and now outsells Peugeot 7-to-1. 

The Toyota Camry climbs back up 5 spots to #6 and #1 Australia-made nameplate above the Holden Commodore (#7). Like last month, Hyundai manages to place three nameplates inside the Top 10 with the Accent up 30% to #8 and the Tucson up 119% to lead the SUV segment at #9 and 1.845 sales, partly thanks to sharply-priced 30th anniversary-badged version that celebrates the brand’s three decades in Australia. The Tucson distances the Nissan X-Trail (+3%), Mitsubishi ASX (+52%) and Mazda CX-5 (-21%), the traditional SUV leader, coming down after M-day boosted October sales.

great-wall-steed-australia-october-2016-picture-courtesy-whichcar-com-auGreat Wall is back in Australia with the Steed pickup. 

Other great performers include the Kia Cerato (+32%), Toyota Land Cruiser (+36%), Kia Sportage (+111%), Mazda CX-9 up a spectacular 260% year-on-year to #33 overall thanks to the new model, the VW Tiguan (+131%), Honda Civic (+85%) and Mercedes GLA (+178%). The Ford Mustang leads new launches (<12 months) at #46 ahead of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (#64), Mercedes GLC (#67), Suzuki Baleno (#90), Subaru Levorg (#102) and Kia Picanto (#108) while the Fiat 124 Spider shoots up 111 spots on last month to #155. This month marks the return of Great Wall in the Australian sales charts, now as a pickup-only brand with the Steed landing at #235, sister company Haval for its part launches the H6 – the best-selling SUV in China – at #252.

Previous month: Australia September 2016: Corolla in YTD lead, Mazda #1 SUV brand

One year ago: Australia October 2015: New generation pushes Toyota Hilux to #1

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Australia September 2016: Corolla in YTD lead, Mazda #1 SUV brand

Toyota Corolla Australia September 2016The Toyota Corolla is now #1 year-to-date in Australia. 

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The Australian new car market sees no respite in 2016: up another 1.3% year-on-year in September to an all-time high 102.696 sales, lifting the year-to-date tally up 2.8% or 24.000 sales on the previous record of 2015 to 887.076 units. However, over this shiny lid hides a not-so-happy situation: for the third consecutive month, the market is solely boosted by fleet sales up 14% to 41.543 whereas private sales are down a paltry 8% to 48.171. The shift towards SUVs (+7%) and light commercials – mainly pickup trucks (“utes”) used as SUVs (+18%) and away from passenger cars (-9%) continues. Looking at data by state, South Australia at +12% to 6.551, Northern Territory at +12% to 880, Victoria at +4% to 28.766, ACT at +2% to 1.631 and New South Wales at +1% to 34.424 post positive scores but Tasmania at -1% to 2.074, Queensland at -3% to 19.702 and Western Australia at -4% to 8.688 struggle. In September Australia bought 28.294 new cars imported from Japan, 25.654 from Thailand, 14.595 from South Korea, 7.813 from Germany, 7.659 were made in Australia, 4.364 from the USA, 3.028 from the UK, 1.572 from Spain, 1.117 from South Africa and 1.070 from Hungary.

Toyota Hilux Australia September 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Hilux sales are up 60% year-on-year but its 4×4 variant is outsold by the Ford Ranger.

Toyota remains in command of the Australian brands ranking with a slim 1% uptick to 16.716 sales and 16.3% share, but Mazda does a lot better at +11% to 12.009 and a strong 11.7% share – its highest since January (11.9%) – thanks to its annual ‘M Day’ sales. Hyundai (+0.1%) is back up two spots on August to the #3 rank it holds year-to-date and manages to place three nameplates inside the September Top 10 vs. just two for Toyota: the i30 at #5 (-39%), the Tucson at #9 (+303%) and the Accent at #10 (+127%). Just below, we find Holden still struggling at -8% while Ford continues its spectacular recovery at +25% to 7.280 units and 7.1% share.

hyundai-tucson-australia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe Tucson is one of 3 Hyundais in the September Top 10. Toyota and Mazda have just two. 

Mitsubishi (-3%), Nissan (-1%) and Volkswagen (-15%) follow but all struggle while Subaru (+12%), Honda (+5%), Kia (+23%) and Mercedes (+5%) all shine. Other great gainers in September include Lamborghini (+67%), LDV (+73%), Infiniti (+82%) and Jaguar (+90%) while at the other end of the stick we find Chrysler (-55%), Jeep (-57%), Ssangyong (-60%), Alfa Romeo (-67%) and Dodge (-77%): 4 out of 5 belonging to the FCA Group. Recently-launched Haval (#34) and Ram (#39) remain discreet.

mazda-cx-5-australia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-wheelsmag-com-auThe CX-5 helps make Mazda the #1 SUV brand in Australia in September. 

Looking at passenger cars only, the best-selling brands are Toyota (6.988), Hyundai (5.952), Mazda (5.467), Holden (4.234), Ford (2.670), Kia (2.393), Volkswagen (2.274), Honda (2.015), Mercedes-Benz (2.011) and Subaru (1.297). In the SUV aisle, Mazda manages the historical feat to outsell Toyota at 5.181 deliveries vs. 5.021, followed by Mitsubishi (3.768), Nissan (3.467), Hyundai (2.913), Subaru (2.753), Holden (2.242), Honda (1.768), Ford (1.435) and Kia (1.294).

mazda3-australia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe Mazda3 lodges its first Australian pole position since January.

Helped by the ‘M Day’ promotion, the Mazda3 is the best-selling nameplate in the country in September and for the first time since January with 3.491 sales. That’s only 68 more than the Toyota Corolla which celebrates its 50th anniversary  – the nameplate was launched in October 1966 – by reclaiming the year-to-date lead off the Toyota Hilux up 60% to 3.209. While the Corolla has been Australia’s best-seller for the past 3 years, an annual Hilux pole position would make it the first ever ute to achieve that feat. Only 121 units separate the two Toyota nameplates atop the YTD ranking after 9 months.

renault-koleos-australia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auAustralia is the first country in the world to get the new generation Renault Koleos. 

The Ford Ranger (+17%) sells 2.903 units but beats the Hilux in the lucrative 4×4 ute segment at 2.451 vs. 2.311 with the Mitsubishi Triton in third place at 2.012. The Hyundai i30 is back up to #5 despite sales down 39% and holds onto its third spot in the YTD ranking at 29.678 below just the Toyota Corolla (30.948) and Hilux (30.827). The Mazda CX-5 manages a brilliant 15% increase to rank 6th overall, with the Mazda CX-3 also extremely robust at +27% to #12 and the Mitsubishi ASX also posting a 27% year-on-year gain to #13. Among recent launches, notice the Renault Koleos (+260%), Honda Civic (+170%), VW Tiguan (+49%), Suzuki Baleno (243 sales) and Jaguar F-Pace (172 units).

Previous month: Australia August 2016: Toyota surges 29%, fleet and rental sales strong

One year ago: Australia September 2015: Hyundai i30 leads for 2nd time in 4 months

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Australia August 2016: Toyota surges 29%, fleet and rental sales strong

Toyota Land Cruiser Australia August 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.au Toyota is up 29% and the Land Cruiser up 106%. Picture caradvice.com.au

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On paper, the Australian new vehicle market has enjoyed a balmy end of winter with August sales up 4.6% year-on-year to 94.909 units, keeping the year-to-date tally at a record-breaking 784.380 registrations, up 3% on the same period a year ago. Looking into sales by channel though, alarm bells continue to ring as it was already the case in July. The market growth is solely sustained by business fleet sales and rental sales whereas private sales are plummeting. August fleets are up a very generous 21.5% to 38.738 and rentals are up 24.5% to 6.203 but private purchases freefall 8.3% to 43.802 As these are a more accurate barometer of consumer confidence, the truth is the sky isn’t all that sunny after all in Australia. SUV and light commercial sales continue to outpace the market at the detriment of passenger cars, with respective market shares now standing at 38.3%, 17.6% and 41%.

Ford Ranger Australia August 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord sales are up another 28% in August, riding on the success of the Ranger. 

The best performing states are Northern Territory (Darwin) up 15% to 881 registrations, South Australia (Adelaide) up 14% to 5.785 and Victoria (Melbourne) up 10% to 27.096. New South Wales up 4% to 31.788 and Tasmania (Hobart) up 2% to 1.743 are close to the national average whereas declining states are Queensland (Brisbane) down 1% to 18.062, ACT (Canberra) down 3% to 1.410 and Western Australia (Perth) down 3% and suffering again from the deceleration of the mining industry. The most popular sources of vehicles sold in Australia this month are Japan (27.346), Thailand (22.783), Korea (12.324), Australia (7.389), Germany (6.667), the USA (4.695), the UK (3.042), Spain (1257), South Africa (1248) and Hungary (911).

Kia Sportage Australia August 2016Kia leaps 26% to equal its best-ever ranking in Australia at #9. 

In the brands ranking, Toyota stuns with a gigantic 29% year-on-year gain to 18.650 sales and a mammoth 19.7% market share – to be compared to 17.7% year-to-date – more than double its immediate follower Mazda, up a timid 1% to 9.258 and 9.8%. Holden (-3%) gets back one spot to #4 as does Ford (+28%) boosted again by the Ranger. This is the result of the crumbling apart of Hyundai (-31%) now that the i30 stock is depleting ahead of the launch of the new model in early 2017. Mitsubishi (+10%) and Nissan (+19%) drive faster than the market whereas Volkswagen falls flat (-19%). Kia reiterates its exceptional (not anymore) performance of last month by ranking at historical best 9th spot with 3.9% share thanks to deliveries up a whopping 26%.

Toyota Corolla Australia August 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Corolla is #1 in Australia for the second month running. Picture caradvice.com.au 

Looking at the passenger cars segment in particular, the Top 10 brands in August are Toyota (7.793), Mazda (4.232), Hyundai (3.957), Holden (3.690), Volkswagen (2.649), Kia (2.407), Ford (2.242), Mercedes (1.981), Honda (1.592) and Audi (1.404). Best-selling SUV brands are Toyota (5.985) followed for once by Mitsubishi (4.022), then Mazda (3.963), Nissan (3.260), Subaru (2.349), Hyundai (2.233), Holden (1.983), Honda (1.498), Kia (1.303) and, surprisingly, BMW (1.262). In the light commercials aisle – keeping in mind pickup trucks are within this category in Australia – the most popular marques are Toyota (4.872), Ford (3.324), Holden (1.994), Mitsubishi (1.321), Nissan (1.312), Isuzu Ute (1.108), Mazda (1.063), Volkswagen (849) and Hyundai (346).

Haval Dealership Australia August 2016Chinese Haval appears for the first time in Australian sales charts. 

Outside the Top 10, Mercedes pushes up 11% to #11, Jeep implodes at -40% while Lexus (+11%), Mini (+19%), Volvo (+50%), Infiniti (+80%) and Jaguar (+202%) lead the rampant premiumisation of the Australian market. Even more exclusive, McLaren (+25%), Lamborghini (+63%), Bentley (+217%), Rolls-Royce (+300%) and Lotus (+325) all find many more customers than a year ago. After almost one year in market, Chinese SUV specialist Haval makes its grand entrance inside the Australian sales charts at #32 with 52 sales, coinciding with the brand’s first national TV advertising campaign. Haval’s lineup in Australia is composed of the H2 (#213), H8 (#234 – I took one on the Birdsville track) and H9 (#230), with the H6 Coupe just launched to the press. Haval directly places just below fellow Chinese carmakers LDV (140) and Foton (62) while Chery (1) has all but disappeared and Great Wall awaits its renaissance with the new Wingle 6 later this year.

Toyota Hilux Australia August 2016The Toyota Hilux is now #1 model year-to-date in Australia.

In the models ranking, Toyota has the top two best-sellers (Corolla and Hilux) and there in the top five (Camry). The Corolla (+17%) is crowned for the 2nd straight month, the Hilux surges 69% thanks to the new generation and reclaims the #1 YTD spot. The Ford Ranger continues to impress at +41% and #3 but remains #5 YTD for now. Note the Hilux 4×4 is back above the Ranger 4×4 this month at 2.418 vs. 2.364. Hero of 2016’s First Half, the Hyundai i30 drops 11% to #8 and as a result slides from #1 to #3 YTD. Despite sales down 4%, the Mazda CX-5 remains the most popular SUV in Australia (#6) but the Mitsubishi ASX at #9 (+79%), Toyota RAV4 at #10 (+25%) and Hyundai Tucson at #11 (+324%) and Nissan X-Trail at #13 (+47%) are catching up fast.

Ford Mustang Australia August 2016The Ford Mustang ranks #40 in Australia in August. 

Further down the Toyota Land Cruiser (+106%) lodes its best month in over 12 years (since June 2004) at #15 with 1.350 sales, the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 33% to #20 vs. #32 YTD, the  Honda Civic is lifted up 216% by the new generation to #34 vs. #60 so far this year, the Mazda CX-9 is up 96% to #38 vs. #96, the Ford Mustang confirms its incredible success at #40: the best-selling Ford nameplate after the Ranger and the most popular new launch in Australia. Among the seven additional new launches (<12 months) in the Top 100 – an illustration of the dynamism of the Australia market – notice the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (#45), Mercedes GLC (#74), Toyota Fortuner (#79) and Ford Everest (#84). The Jaguar F-Pace paces up from #152 for its inaugural month in July to #108 in August, already accounting for 58% of the brand’s sales in Australia…

Previous month: Australia July 2016: Corolla back to #1, Hilux and Ranger fight

One year ago: Australia August 2015: Hyundai overtakes Holden year-to-date

Full August 2016 Top 50 All-brands and Top 285 All-models below.

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