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Photo Snapshot: Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

May 23rd, 2014 4 comments

VW Amarok Bondi Beach Sydney May 2014VW Amarok in Bondi Beach, Sydney – Australia

Latest Australian car sales figures show that:

1. Jeep is one of the fastest growing mass manufacturers in the country at +26% over the First Quarter 2014: only Renault does better in the Top 20 at +29%. The Grand Cherokee is up 45% over the period to #15, making it the first Jeep to enter Australia’s Top 15 favourite vehicles.

2. Volkswagen is slowly but surely making its mark in the very competitive Ute market (Australian for Pick-up truck) with the Amarok, up 63% year-on-year over Q1 2014 to #38 with 2,013 sales, by far its highest ever quarterly ranking.

3. The new generation Mercedes A Class completely turned around the nameplate’s sales in Australia, up 151% so far in 2014 at #60.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Bondi Beach Sydney May 2014Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee in Bondi Beach, Sydney – Australia

All 3 above trends were confirmed with a quick trip yesterday to Sydney’s most iconic beach: Bondi, with half a dozen of each model mentioned above spotted in a couple of hours. It’s always good to see numbers verified on the streets…

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Previous Australian Photo Report: The Australian Outback in a Skoda Octavia

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Australia April 2014: Toyota Prado, RAV4 hit all-time high rankings

May 5th, 2014 1 comment

2013 Toyota Prado Kakadu. Picture courtesy of Prado

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New car sales in Australia hit their lowest month in two years, down 5% year-on-year to 80,710 new vehicles in April, the poorest result since April 2012 (79,097). The Toyota Corolla leads the models ranking ahead of the Mazda3, Toyota Hilux and Holden Commodore. In the Top 10, two Toyotas hit their all-time high monthly ranking: the RAV4 is up one spot to a best-ever 8th place with 1,548 sales and 1.9% while the Prado is up 3 ranks on last month and 27% on April 2013 to 1,725 units and 2.2%, earning it its best Australian monthly ranking at #7, also reached in April 2012 and May 2003. I give you the data for now, complete analysis will follow shortly.

Previous Australia post: Photo Report: The Australian Outback in a Skoda Octavia (2/2)

Previous data post: Australia First Quarter 2014: Now with Top 300 All-models ranking

Previous month: Australia March 2014: New sedan pushes Toyota Corolla up to #1

One year ago: Australia April 2013: Toyota Corolla #1, threatens Mazda3 YTD

Full April 2014 Top 15 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Photo Report: The Australian Outback in a Skoda Octavia (2/2)

April 19th, 2014 3 comments

Skoda Octavia Bourke April 2014Skoda Octavia in Bourke, NSW Australia

This Part 2 of my Photo Report on the Australian Outback, you can check Part 1 here.

Now that we’ve described how utes are extremely well represented in Outback Australia, let’s weigh the pros and cons of the AU$34,690 1.8l TSI Skoda Octavia Elegance I drove. Firstly I need to shed my European angle over the Skoda brand as it hasn’t had the same history in Australia. A good way was to listen to what my Australian friend and Lexus RX driver David had to say. He expected a small compact car to turn up and was surprised at how big the Octavia was. Definitely not a embarrassing car to be seen in, he compared it to arriving at the Sheraton with a new Mini as he pointed out his interior designer had a Skoda. In Australia the Skoda name has an interesting quirk, as with most things European indeed.

Skoda Octavia MattGood old me with the Octavia and a Road Train

It’s true that a car represents who you are, and it appears that here one would rather be represented by Skoda than Kia, Hyundai or even Toyota. It just seems cooler. Given Skoda’s role in the Volkswagen Group in Australia is to compete with Japanese and Korean brands, they are on the right track here. Value for money is what Skoda has been renown for in Europe and it rings true in Australia too. It is very spacious for the price, the boot is cavernous and the cockpit feels more comfortable than my dad’s 5 year-old Audi A3. It’s tight on the road with the turbocharged engine delivering a sporty drive. The controls are intuitive, the sat nav zoom is satisfyingly granular and the altimeter very precise.

Skoda Octavia Mulga CreekFord Falcon SW and Skoda Octavia in Mulga Creek

A few pleasing details for a car of this price range: the cruise control automatically slows you down to keep at safe braking distance from the car in front without cancelling itself and resumes to the set speed again when the road ahead is clear, the bluetooth connectivity once set up actually works and recognises your phone without fail every time, to the point that it makes you feel the phone will stay connected in the car long after we’ve given it back! All in all, there are a lot of well thought-out things in the Skoda Octavia.

Skoda Octavia kangaroo sign2Beware of kangaroos on the road!

If the fuel economy is neither here or there (by European standards) at 7.5l/km on our 1600km road trip, there are a few elements that remind you this is a car manufactured on a budget. The audio system lacks richness of sound no matter how you adjust it and even though it has got a subwoofer it lacks mid-range. The glovebox is flimsy, as are the electric window buttons and the boot cover, plus there is no sunglasses holder. Finally one of the frustrations of driving in the Australian Outback is swarms of insects throwing themselves onto the windscreen, and for this the Octavia’s lightweight wipers didn’t rise to the challenge. Now that you know what I think of the Octavia, let’s get back to the Australian Outback car landscape.

Toyota Prado Bourke April 2014Toyota Prado in Bourke

As far as SUVs are concerned, I was surprised to spot more than a few latest Toyota Prado and Ford Kuga in Bourke, while the Hyundai ix35 was a repeat occurrence on the 200km straight stretch of road between Dubbo and Bourke where only a dozen vehicles passed us by – half of them massive long distance trucks, called Road Trains here. I only spotted a couple of Mazda CX-5 over the two days spent in the Outback and whereas I have started seeing 3 or 4 new generation Mazda3 per day in Sydney, there were none in the area, seemingly indicating Mazda buyers tend to be city slickers.

Holden Commodore ute BourkeHolden Commodore ute in Bourke

Scott Holden CommodoreHolden Commodore ute driver Scott Kelly

An Australian specialty that is now an endangered species is the sedan-derived ute, and I saw a few new generation entry model Holden Commodore utes, something you’d be hard-pressed to spot in Australian cities. In Bourke I had the opportunity to interview Commodore ute driver Scott Kelly. Tellingly, his Commodore is a company car that gets changed over every 18 months after 90,000 km, so he tended to distance himself a little from it (A large part of Commodores sold in Australia nowadays are bought as fleet). Scott didn’t seem too fussed whether the car he drove was a Toyota, a Holden or a Ford, but while “Other cars can be flimsy, the Commodore gets you good protection from roos” in the form of a powerful V6 engine block and strong brakes – no roo bars on Scott’s car.

Del Great Wall SUVDel Borthistle and her roo barred Great Wall SUV

Another striking element when studying the car landscape in Bourke is the very high prevalence of Great Wall vehicles. Our hotel manager Del Borthistle is one happy owner: “About a year ago the fifth gear of my Toyota Hilux went for the second time on my way back from Goondiwindi (QLD) – 570km away – plus I had already had the engine done on it, so I thought it was time to get myself a reliable car. I do the trip a few times a month, and sometimes I can only decide to leave at the last minute so I really can’t afford to worry about whether my car is capable or not. My daughter already drives a Great Wall SUV and she suggested I do too. I went to the Dubbo (NSW) dealer – 370 km away –  traded my Hilux in, and within a week I was driving the Great Wall back to Bourke – they even fixed the roo bars in the meantime. I only paid $25,000 and have had absolutely no issues with it.”

Ford Fiesta sedan Narromine copyFord Fiesta sedan in Narromine

When asked what is her angle on the ‘made in China’ tag, she waves it off: “you know some of my clothes I buy from Australian brands fall apart after no time whereas clothes made in China last longer, so I don’t mind at all.” Del’s Hilux was 12 years and 250,000km old, and she admits “my brother drove all brands of utes and he always goes back to his Hilux, so I must have got the bad one of the batch but I just had enough.” If Great Wall has managed to convince buyers like Del in Outback Australia where reliability is crucial as the next town can be up to 500km away with no petrol station in between, it seems fair to say the Chinese carmaker has a bright future ahead of it, even though it is struggling a bit so far in 2014.

This concludes the first Australian Outback Photo Report of its kind, I hope you enjoyed!

Suzuki Pickup BourkeSuzuki Pick-up in Bourke

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Photo Report: The Australian Outback in a Skoda Octavia (1/2)

April 18th, 2014 7 comments

Skoda Octavia Road Train Nyngan April 2014Road Train vs. Skoda Octavia… Who wins?

I have been mentioning the new generation Skoda Octavia on BestSellingCarsBlog a lot in the past 6 months as it progressively climbed the European rankings to reach an all-time high 5th place in October and November 2013, ranking inside the Top 10 for 5 consecutive months between October 2013 and February 2014, whereas this had happened only twice before in the nameplate’s 16 year career. So far, 3.7 million Octavias have found a buyer since 1996.

Toyota Hilux Bourke April 2014The Toyota Hilux is likely to be the best-selling model in the Australian Outback

Is this dramatic step-change in sales justified? What does it feel like to drive the car? I was lucky enough to be lent an Octavia by Skoda for a few days and thought it would be a good opportunity to evaluate how it withstands the harsh Australian terrain and how it is perceived in this country. I took it for a 1,600 km road trip from Sydney to the small town of Bourke in the Australian Outback, this way also reporting to you on the car landscape in a very unique region in Australia with the help of my photographer mate David.

Skoda Octavia Sydney Opera House April 2014Starting point: Sydney with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Skoda has a relatively short current history in Australia: it relaunched here in 2007 after being present from the 50s to the 70s. Skoda sales were up 3% in 2013 to 3,555 units at #25 – below Fiat and Peugeot and above Chrysler and Mini – and are down 11% so far in 2014 to 726 sales. Back in October 2012 at the Sydney Motor Show I had a long chat with Skoda Director at the time Matthew Wiesner who told me “Skoda’s role in the Volkswagen Group in Australia is to create a very strong presence amongst the Japanese and Korean brands. We aim to be somewhere between 1 and 2% of the market by 2019.” In 2013 Skoda’s best-seller in Australia was, wait for it, the Octavia at #132 overall and 37% of Skoda sales here.

VW Amarok Bathurst April 2014VW Amarok hiding behind its roo bar.

So it’s with Skoda’s best-seller worldwide and in Australia that we will explore the car landscape in Outback Australia, and it changes drastically as soon as you leave the outskirts of Sydney to cross the Blue Mountains and land in sheep shearing and cotton country in Bathurst, Dubbo and finally Bourke. Sturdier vehicles are required and the constant danger of having your car wrecked by kangaroos crossing the road at night means most 4WD are equipped with huge roo bars – the Australian equivalent to bull bars – I even spotted a Toyota Camry with one!

Holden Commodore BourkeNew generation Holden Commodore in Bourke.

Toyota Camry Australia April 2014Toyota Aurion between Dubbo and Bourke

The agricultural activity in the region pushes the market share of utes (Australian slang for pick-up trucks) way up. The Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, national and New South Wales leaders, are very scarce. Instead, the preferred passenger car options remain large cars like the all-new Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima (a surprise to me as it only ranked #116 nationally in 2013), indicating that this region of Australia has kept the purchase pattern that characterised Australian sales 6 to 8 years ago.

Toyota Land Cruiser ute NarromineToyota Land Cruiser ute in Narromine.

In fact, the car landscape is closer to what Queensland or Northern Territory 2013 sales charts would indicate, which makes sense as the area I drove to is culturally closer to these two States. The Toyota Hilux should be the best-seller in the area by far, but the Mitsubishi Triton strikingly outperforms its national level here as well, as does the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 ute which has become iconic in the region as well as in mining Western Australia. I will venture an estimated Top 5 best-sellers in Outback New South Wales: 1. Toyota Hilux 2. Holden Commodore 3. Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up 4. Mitsubishi Triton 5. Toyota RAV4.

Mitsubishi Triton Nyngan April 2014Mitsubishi Triton in Nyngan

All utes are over-represented, especially the VW Amarok which has now infiltrated even the most remote stations both in its highest double cab 4WD spec and its lower plastic bumper 2WD spec, and the Great Wall V-Series (aka Steed), equally frequent throughout the trip. I also spotted two Mahindra Scorpio and one Tata Xenon. When I told you Australian farmers loved their utes, any utes, that’s what I meant.

Nissan Navara Bourke April 2014Nissan Navara in Bourke

Next we review what’s good and what’s not with the Skoda Octavia, and interview two Outback Australians about their latest car purchase: a Holden Commodore ute and a Great Wall SUV… Stay tune for Part 2 of this Photo Report!

Mazda BT-50 Bourke April 2014Mazda BT-50 in Bourke

Skoda Octavia Ford Ranger BathurstSkoda Octavia with Ford Ranger and Courier in Bathurst

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Media Post: 5 Ways to get your bad credit car loan application approved

April 16th, 2014 2 comments


Financial hurdles beset many people, and reputable lenders know this. Lenders understand that people recover from bad credit, and they are prepared to lend money to those in this position. Unfortunately, though, many such applicants make key errors in their applications, which results in those applications being rejected. Here are five ways to boost your chances of approval.

1. Full and Complete Disclosure

Be completely honest in your application. Many applicants attempt to improve the perception of their true financial position by making untrue claims in their application, or by leaving out key items that they believe make them look bad. Kyle Rhys from why this is a bad strategy: “Lenders need to trust you,” he says. “Trust is absolutely vital to approving any loan application. So, no matter how bad you think your true position is, or how poor your history might look, tell the absolute truth. However poor you believe your history to be, the lender has seen worse.” Mt Rhys says getting an independent professional’s assistance can make all the difference to presenting an application that a reputable financier will understand and approve.

2. Fix your Credit file

It’s essential to review and repair your credit file. Mistakes are often made in individuals’ credit files, and these can reflect poorly on applications. If yours has errors in it, you can easily contact the organizations that have made the entries in your file, and discuss the matters direct with them. For more information on accessing your credit file, search on Google for a free credit reporting website.

3. Demonstrate solid employment

Lenders invariably look for a stable employment history – because stable employment demonstrates stable income, which is necessary to service any debt. Kyle Rhys says lenders prefer to see longer periods with fewer employers. “If you can demonstrate you can hold down your job for significant periods, rather than jump often from job to job, with gaps of unemployment between, that will go a long way to getting your application approved.”

4. Save

Additional debt, in the form of a car loan, will require spare income capacity to service. If your bank records show that you can save regularly – even if it’s only a small amount each week, this will be evidence that you have that income capacity required to service the new debt.

5. Manage Debt responsibly

Pay attention to your existing debt and loan obligations. Ensure repayments are made on time, and in the case of credit cards, make sure the amounts repaid are greater than the minimum monthly payment required.

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Australia First Quarter 2014: Now with Top 300 All-models ranking

April 9th, 2014 5 comments

BMW 2 Series Australia March 2014The BMW 2 Series is the most successful all-new model in Australia in 2014 so far.

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As is the tradition on BSCB I now share with you detailed Quarterly results for Australia. Overall the market is down slightly at -2% to 266,370 registrations, and it has been a sadly historical 12 months for the Australian car industry with Ford, Holden and Toyota successively announcing they were pulling out of manufacturing locally. In the models ranking, compared to Q4 2013, the Mazda3 reclaims the top spot off the Toyota Corolla for now thanks to the new model launched in January, while the Holden Commodore remains #4 but gains 62% year-on-year due to the new generation. The Ford Ranger becomes the 2nd most popular pick-up in the country at #6 below just the Hilux thanks to sales up 19% in a difficult context for commercial vehicles which saw the Nissan Navara tumble down 43% to #17 and the Mitsubishi Triton down 26% to #16.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Australia March 2014. Picture courtesy of Jeep Cherokee is now among Australia’s Top 15 favourite vehicles.

The big underlying trend in this start of 2014 in Australia is the ever-increasing success of small SUVs. The Mazda CX-5 is up a further 16% year-on-year and gains 4 spots on both Q1’13 and Q4’13 to hit a best-ever 7th place with 5,537 sales, the Toyota RAV4 is up 50% to break into the year-to-date ranking for the first time at #9 with 4,906 units and the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues its unbelievable odyssey: up 45% to #15 with 4,117 sales and 1.5%, by far the best scores ever delivered by a Jeep model and the first time the US manufacturer manages to place a vehicle among Australia’s Top 15 favourites. It ranked #33 one year ago and #27 over FY2013….

VW Amarok Australia March 2014. Picture courtesy of VW Amarok sales are up 63% so far in 2014.

Volkswagen is all systems go once again in Australia: the Golf is up 52% to #11, the Polo up 86% to #51 and the Amarok up 63% and 24 spots to #38 with 2,013 sales, by far its highest ever Quarterly ranking and slowly but surely making itself a name in the very competitive Ute market (Australian for Pick-up truck). Other great gainers in the Top 50 include the Kia Cerato up 37% to #39 and Kia Sportage up 69% to #45. Reversely we also witness some particularly harsh evolutions this Quarter: the Holden Cruze is down 22% and departs the Top 10 at #14, the Nissan Pulsar is down 20% to #26, Nissan Dualis down 43% to #34 and the Ford Falcon down 33% to a paltry 50th place – so far from the 2nd spot it still held in 2006!

Holden Trax Australia March 2014. Picture courtesy of carsguide.comThe Holden Trax is the most successful launch in the past 12 months.

There are four all-new models in the Top 100: the Holden Trax leads the game at #56 (vs. #62 in Q4’13), followed by the Nissan Juke at #94 (vs. #87), Isuzu MU-X at #96 (vs. #177) and the BMW 4 Series at #100 (vs. #137). Notice also the Suzuki S-Cross at #135 (vs. #214), the Nissan Altima at #138 (vs. #146) and the Ford Ecosport at #140 (vs. #170). As far as all-new models for 2014 (no ranking in Q4’13), they are led by the BMW 2 Series at #168 with 151 sales, ahead of the Kia Pro Ceed at #201 (76), Infiniti Q50 at #224 (52) and the Mercedes GLA at #254 (19).

Previous post: Australia March 2014: New sedan pushes Toyota Corolla up to #1

Previous month: Australia February 2014: Mazda3 remains most popular

Previous Quarterly report: Australia Q4 2013: Jeep Grand Cherokee shines

One year ago: Australia Q1 2013: Discover the Top 282 All-models ranking

Full Q1 2014 Top 300 All-models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Australia March 2014: New sedan pushes Toyota Corolla to #1

April 3rd, 2014 3 comments

Toyota Corolla Australia March 2014The Toyota Corolla reclaims the Australian top spot thanks to the new generation sedan.

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New car sales in Australia stabilise in March at just -0.1% to 97,267 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to 266,370 units, down 2.4% on 2013. Toyota delivers its best first Quarter since 2010 at 48,121 sales and 18.1% share, up to 18.8% in March. Holden reclaims the 2nd spot off Mazda this month thanks to 9,851 sales and 10.1%, delivering the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +19% vs. 9,203 and 9.5% for Mazda which remains #2 year-to-date for now however. Nissan is down 28% but back up to #6 while Kia reappears inside the Top 10 at #10.

Toyota RAV4 Australia March 2014. Picture courtesy of Toyota RAV4 delivers its best-ever monthly volume in Australia this month.

In the models ranking, boosted by the arrival of the new gen sedan, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the pole position it held over the Full Year 2013 off the Mazda3, delivering the nameplate’s best-ever March score at 4,086 sales and 4.2% share (+16%). Down to #2, the Mazda3 however keeps the lead in the year-to-date ranking, while the Toyota Hilux rounds up the podium at 3,105 units, just above the Holden Commodore up a spectacular 85% year-on-year to 2,967 sales thanks to the new generation.  The Ford Ranger is strong at #6 (+36%) and the Toyota RAV4 delivers its all-time high monthly volume at 1,888 units in 9th place, its best ranking ever, also reached last August.

Previous month: Australia February 2014: Mazda3 remains most popular

One year ago: Australia March 2013: Hyundai outsells Holden for the first time!

Full March 2014 Top 10 brands and Top 15 models Ranking Table below.

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Australia February 2014: Mazda3 remains most popular

March 6th, 2014 1 comment

Mazda3 Australia February 2014. Picture courtesy of

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New car sales in Australia are down 4% year-on-year both in February at 86,818 registrations and year-to-date at 169,103 units. The Mazda3 takes a serious option at the annual leadership by ranking #1 for the 2nd month in a row with sales up 17% year-on-year to 3,969 and 4.6% share thanks to the arrival of the new generation in dealerships (and in the streets   – I saw my first new gen Mazda3 in Sydney in February). Also helped by the launch of the new gen sedan, the Toyota Corolla improves its share to 3.8% at 3,332 units but is passed by the Toyota Hilux for 2nd place (3,348). As a reminder, the Mazda3 dominated Australian sales in 2011 and 2012 before being passed by the Toyota Corolla last year.

Toyota RAV4 Australia February 2014. Picture courtesy of Toyota RAV4 breaks into the Top 10 for only the 2nd time ever.

A little more than two months after Holden’s announcement they will end local manufacturing by 2016, the Commodore is back up one spot on January to #4 with 2,777 sales and 3.2% share, its highest since last November and a 60% volume increase over February 2013. In fact, most models in the February Top 10 lodge very impressive year-on-year gains: the Toyota Camry is up 30% to #7, the VW Golf up 54% to #8, the Mazda CX-5 up 33% to #9 and the Toyota RAV4 up 38% to register the nameplate’s 2nd ever Top 10 ranking at #10 with last August (#9).

Previous post: Toyota pulls out: end of Australian car manufacturing now a reality

Previous month: Australia January 2014: Mazda3 up to highest market share ever

One year ago: Australia February 2013: Brands podium 100% Japanese for the first time in history

Full February 2014 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Toyota pulls out: end of Australian car manufacturing now a reality

February 10th, 2014 No comments

Toyota pulls out of Australia 10 Feb 2014

Toyota Australia just announced one hour ago it is set to cease local manufacturing in 2017, spelling the end of carmaking in Australia. In a press release, the Japanese carmaker announced “Together with one of the most open and fragmented automotive markets in the world and increased competitiveness due to current and future Free Trade Agreements, it is not viable to continue building cars in Australia. This is devastating news for all of our employees who have dedicated their lives to the company during the past 50 years.” Toyota Australia President and CEO, Max Yasuda told staff.

Toyota Camry AustraliaProduction of the Camry and all other Australian-built Toyotas will cease by 2017. 

“We did everything that we could to transform our business, but the reality is that there are too many factors beyond our control that make it unviable to build cars in Australia. Although the company has made profits in the past, our manufacturing operations have continued to be loss making despite our best efforts.” The Altona, Victoria plant is currently producing the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion for the local and export market, with the production figure standing at just 104,000 cars for 2013.

This news comes only months after both Ford (last May) and Holden (last December) announced they would pull out of manufacturing in Australia, writing Australia off the list of car manufacturing countries from 2017 onwards. I predicted this domino effect in my previous articles Holden pulls out: this is the end of Australian car manufacturingAustralia: What the press is saying about Holden leaving and Australia: Is the end of local manufacturing near?. Australia had been making cars for 66 years.

Previous Australia car manufacturing posts:

Ford pulls out of Australia (23 May 2013)

Australia: Is the end of local manufacturing near? (25 June 2013)

Holden pulls out: this is the end of Australian car manufacturing (11 December 2013)

Australia: What the press is saying about Holden leaving (12 December 2013)

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Australia January 2014: Mazda3 up to highest market share ever

February 5th, 2014 2 comments

Mazda3 Australia January 2014. Picture courtesy of to the new model, the Mazda3 hits its highest ever market share in Australia this month.

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 10 models and Top 47 All-brands! *

After beating another all-time record over the Full Year 2013, new car sales in Australia are a little shy in this start of 2014: down 4% on a record January 2013 to 82,285 registrations. Toyota unsurprisingly keeps the brands top spot but sees its market share slide to 16.6% vs. 18.9% over the Full Year 2013. Mazda (+6%) passes Holden (+1%) to rank #2 with an outstanding 11.4% share, Hyundai (+5%) remains above Ford (-12%) while Volkswagen (+6%) is now threatening Nissan (-41%) and Mitsubishi (-7%). Mercedes is up a splendid 15% to #11, Jeep continues to amaze at +22% and #12 and Audi lodges its all-time record monthly volume in Australia at 1,685 sales, up 25% year-on-year.

Toyota Corolla Australia January 2014. Picture courtesy of new Toyota Corolla sedan will be imported from Thailand from February onwards.

In the models ranking, a combination of heavily discounted previous generations and early deliveries of the new model propel the Mazda3 up 36% year-on-year to a huge 4,561 sales and 5.5% share, its 2nd best-ever monthly volume in the country below the 4,649 units it sold in December 2012, and an all-time record market share, beating the 5.3% it reached in January 2012… As a reminder, the Mazda3 dominated Australian sales in 2011 and 2012 before being passed by the Toyota Corolla last year. This month the Corolla is left knocked out almost 2 percentage points below the Mazda3 at #2 with 2,941 units and 3.6%, however the launch of the new gen Corolla sedan this month should make things very interesting indeed this year…

Mazda CX-5 Australia January 2014. Picture courtesy of Mazda CX-5 reaches an all-time high 7th place in Australia this month.

Further down the ranking, notice the Hyundai i30 up 24% year-on-year to #4, the Holden Commodore up 43% to #5, the Ford Focus reaching its 2nd best-ever ranking in the country at #6 below the #5 it hit exactly one year ago in January 2013, the VW Golf up a whopping 84% year-on-year to #9 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee up to a best-ever #14 (ranking TBC). Finally, the Mazda CX-5 is up 5 spots on December to reach an all-time high 7th place this month with 1,853 sales and a record 2.3% share, its previous bests being #8 in May and August last year and 2.1% last August.

Previous post: Australia Full Year 2013 by State: Toyota Hilux tops 3 states

Full Year 2013 report: Australia Full Year 2013: Toyota Corolla finally tops record market

Previous month: Australia December 2013: Toyota Camry and Mitsubishi Triton up

One year ago: Australia January 2013: Nissan Navara and Ford Focus break records

Full January 2014 Top 10 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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