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Australia 2008: Corolla ahead until July, Commodore saved by Sportwagon version, Toyota Hilux #1 twice

Holden Commodore Sportwagon

* Click on the title for the Full Year 2008 All-models Top 276 and every monthly Top 40 *

The Australian car market is down 4% in 2008 at 1,012,194 registrations, still only the second time in history it is above 1 million.

The race for the title of 2008 best-selling model in Australia had two very distinct stages this year. The Toyota Corolla dominated the first half (#1 in January and June) and was #1 year-to-date until July, as the Holden Commodore dropped to its lowest ever monthly shares (3.9% in January, 4% in April and June) and lowest ever ranking (#3 in April and June).

Toyota Corolla in Broken Hill Australia, April 2008.

In July, the launch of the Commodore Sportwagon (station wagon) changed everything. The Commodore reclaimed the #1 spot, peaking at 7.1% in December – its best share since May 2005 – and finished the year at 51,094 sales and 5% share (including 8,200 Sportwagons), down 11% year-on-year and still the nameplate’s lowest ever year-end market share in the country but ahead of the Corolla, #2 at 47,901 units and 4.7% share.

Toyota Hilux in Kalgoorlie, Australia June 2005.

2008 is also the year the Toyota Hilux topped the Australian monthly rankings for the very first time. It did so in April and October, when it reached 4.9%, its best share ever. It is the first time a utility/commercial vehicle manages to top the models ranking #1 in Australia.

Behind the Mazda3 at #4 (stable at 3.3%), the Ford Falcon drops slightly faster than the market at -6% and 31,936 sales (3.2%), in spite of the arrival of the new generation in May but stays #5 ahead of the Toyota Yaris (-12%) and Camry (-13%). The Mitsubishi Lancer rejoins the year-end Top 10 at #8 with sales up 11% and 1.9% share thanks to the new generation while the Nissan Navara breaks into it for the first time at #10.

Honda CR-V

Among the other models reaching their highest ever monthly ranking in 2008, notice the Ford Focus at #6 and 2.2% in January and the Mitsubishi Triton at #7 and 2.5% in June. This year 4 models broke into the monthly Top 10 for the very first time in Australia, 2 of which in January, traditionally a month full of surprises as most of the country is on Summer holidays: The Honda CR-V (#8 at 1.9%) and Mazda2 (#9 at 1.8% – it later beat that record in September at #8 and 1.9%).

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester was #10 for the first time at 2% in August and finished the year at #19 at 1.5%. Lastly, the Holden Rodeo, a rebadged Isuzu D-Max and one of Australia’s most successful ‘utes’ (Australian for pick-up truck), disappeared this year, the Isuzu-Holden contract coming to an end. It was replaced by another Thai-built GM ute: the Holden (Chevrolet) Colorado, which didn’t lose time getting its mark on the Australian market and broke into the Top 10 in October, as early as for its third month of sales.

Previous year: Australia 2007: Commodore resists new Corolla assault in millionaire market, Falcon down to #5

Next year: Australia 2009: Commodore hits lowest volume ever, Mazda3 #1 in January, the Chinese arrive

Full Year 2008 Top 276 and every monthly Top 40 below.

You can check out every single Monthly Top 20 for 2008 here: Australia 2008 12 Month by Month

Australia Full Year 2008:

1Holden Commodore51,0935.0%-11%57,3075.5%1
2Toyota Corolla47,9014.7%0%47,7924.6%2
3Toyota Hilux42,9564.2%2%42,0094.0%3
5Ford Falcon31,9363.2%-6%33,9413.2%5
6Toyota Yaris26,0972.6%-12%29,6632.8%6
7Toyota Camry23,0672.3%-12%26,3422.5%7
8Mitsubishi Lancer19,6881.9%11%17,7441.7%13
9Toyota Aurion19,5621.9%-11%22,0362.1%8
10Nissan Navara18,5741.8%-3%19,0761.8%11
11Hyundai Getz17,2561.7%-18%21,1662.0%9
12Honda Civic16,7501.7%-5%17,6431.7%14
13Mitsubishi Triton16,5831.6%15%14,4421.4%19
15Ford Focus15,6231.5%-9%17,1631.6%16
16Ford Ranger15,4071.5%34%11,5161.1%31
17Holden Astra14,9261.5%-23%19,3641.8%10
18Toyota Prado14,7251.5%6%13,8381.3%20
19Subaru Forester14,4231.4%15%12,5541.2%26
20Toyota RAV414,1221.4%-3%14,5071.4%18
21Holden Commodore Ute13,4491.3%17%11,5181.1%30
22Toyota Kluger13,4241.3%70%7,8860.8%41
23Suzuki Swift12,9471.3%-3%13,2831.3%23
24Ford Territory12,8821.3%-25%17,2901.6%15
25Ford Falcon Ute12,6001.2%-8%13,7581.3%21
26Volkswagen Golf11,6321.1%5%11,0291.1%32
27Subaru Impreza11,6071.1%7%10,8531.0%34
28Holden Barina10,8151.1%-14%12,5931.2%25
29Kia Rio10,2841.0%10%9,3150.9%37
30Toyota Land Cruiser10,2311.0%24%8,2350.8%40
31Holden Rodeo10,2171.0%-44%18,4061.8%12
33Hyundai i3010,2011.0%409%2,0050.2%81
34Mazda BT-5010,1561.0%2%9,9530.9%36
35Holden Captiva10,0971.0%-3%10,4361.0%35
36Nissan Tiida10,0591.0%-27%13,7561.3%22
37Honda CR-V9,8121.0%-22%12,6421.2%24
38Nissan X-Trail9,7941.0%-21%12,4441.2%27
39Honda Jazz9,5630.9%-18%11,6631.1%29
40Toyota Hiace Van9,4930.9%24%7,6720.7%43
41Mitsubishi Outlander7,9610.8%9%7,3330.7%46
42Honda Accord7,8370.8%-49%15,4981.5%17
43BMW 3-Series7,5040.7%-15%8,8160.8%39
44Mercedes C Class7,1120.7%n/an/an/an/a
45Honda Accord Euro6,7550.7%n/an/an/an/a
46Nissan Micra6,5940.7%n/an/an/an/a
47Subaru Liberty6,4320.6%-16%7,6250.7%44
48Toyota Land Cruiser Ute6,4320.6%14%5,6300.5%51
49Hyundai Tucson6,1410.6%-6%6,5230.6%49
50Ford Fiesta6,1100.6%n/an/an/an/a
51Holden Viva5,9270.6%
52Mitsubishi Pajero5,6570.6%
53Holden Colorado5,5660.5%
54Ford Mondeo4,8720.5%
55Mazda CX-94,6050.5%
56Hyundai Elantra4,4740.4%
57Subaru Outback4,3790.4%
58Nissan Patrol Wagon4,3520.4%
59Suzuki SX44,1840.4%
60Mazda CX-74,1690.4%
61Suzuki Grand Vitara3,8660.4%
62Mitsubishi Colt3,8390.4%
63Audi A43,6780.4%
64Toyota Prius3,4130.3%
65BMW X53,4080.3%
66Lexus IS3,3940.3%
67VW Passat/CC3,3340.3%
68Mitsubishi 3803,2720.3%
69Toyota Hiace Bus3,2100.3%
70Mitsubishi Express3,1690.3%
71Kia Carnival3,1520.3%
72BMW 1 Series3,1240.3%
73Peugeot 3083,0720.3%
74Holden Epica3,0060.3%
75Toyota Tarago2,9490.3%
76VW Jetta2,9360.3%
77Nissan Dualis2,5870.3%
78Nissan Patrol Ute2,5060.2%
79VW Polo2,3620.2%
80Lexus RX2,3040.2%
81Nissan Pathfinder2,2760.2%
82Hyundai Santa Fe2,2350.2%
83Ford Transit2,1800.2%
84Peugeot 2072,1150.2%
85Mini Cooper2,0820.2%
86Jeep Wrangler2,0740.2%
87Hyundai iLoad2,0000.2%
88Audi A31,9580.2%
89VW Eos1,8520.2%
90Holden Statesman1,8040.2%
91Ford Escape1,7940.2%
92Kia Cerato/Koup1,7290.2%
93VW Caddy1,7250.2%
94Kia Sportage1,7110.2%
95Honda Odyssey1,6930.2%
96Mercedes M Class1,6540.2%
97Subaru Tribeca1,6510.2%
98Holden Caprice1,6410.2%
99VW Transporter1,6240.2%
100Land Rover Discovery1,6180.2%
101Volvo XC901,5840.2%
102Mercedes Vito1,4190.1%
103BMW 5 Series1,3830.1%
104Renault Megane1,3350.1%
105Audi Q71,2970.1%
106Peugeot 3071,2880.1%
107Range Rover Sport1,2810.1%
108BMW X31,2330.1%
109Hyundai Sonata1,1750.1%
110Mercedes E Class1,1700.1%
111Jeep Patriot1,1530.1%
112Citroen C41,1490.1%
113Kia Sorento1,1350.1%
114Dodge Nitro1,1170.1%
115VW Tiguan1,1090.1%
116Saab 9-31,0980.1%
117Nissan Murano1,0940.1%
118Chrysler 300C1,0870.1%
119Hummer H31,0780.1%
120VW Touareg1,0660.1%
121Suzuki Jimny9780.1%
122Toyota Avensis9660.1%
123Hyundai Accent9620.1%
124Mercedes B Class9480.1%
125Audi TT9420.1%
126Holden Combo9280.1%
127Nissan Maxima9230.1%
128Land Rover Freelander 28280.1%
129VW Beetle7900.1%
130Mercedes A Class7670.1%
131Dodge Caliber7530.1%
132Kia Rondo7300.1%
133Volvo XC707300.1%
134Mercedes CLK Class7230.1%
135Skoda Octavia7070.1%
136Hyundai iMax6720.1%
137Proton Jumbuck6720.1%
138Peugeot 4076650.1%
139Mazda MX56390.1%
140Jeep Grand Cherokee6290.1%
141Audi A56230.1%
142Volvo C306090.1%
143Ssangyong Actyon Sports5910.1%
144Jeep Cherokee5850.1%
145Fiat/Abarth 5005840.1%
146Audi A65800.1%
147Chrysler Sebring5520.1%
148Suzuki APV5420.1%
149Porsche Cayenne5340.1%
150Mitsubishi Grandis5230.1%
151Jeep Compass5000.0%
152Mazda RX84890.0%
154Volvo S404620.0%
153Kia Magentis4610.0%
155Nissan 350Z4550.0%
156Ford Transit Ute4540.0%
157Volvo V504300.0%
158Citroen C34230.0%
159Lexus GS4190.0%
160Fiat Punto4180.0%
161Renault Kangoo4080.0%
162Renault Trafic3900.0%
164Jaguar X-Type3880.0%
163Mercedes GL Class3740.0%
165Mercedes SLK Class3690.0%
166Citroen C53630.0%
167Proton Savvy3610.0%
168Porsche 9113580.0%
169Jaguar XF3520.0%
170SsangYong Rexton3460.0%
171Proton Persona3390.0%
172Citroen Berlingo3350.0%
173Smart Fortwo3300.0%
174Chrysler Voyager3280.0%
175Kia K29003170.0%
176Alfa Romeo 1593160.0%
177Land Rover Defender S/w3130.0%
178Alfa Romeo 1473120.0%
179Renault Scenic3110.0%
180Dodge Avenger3080.0%
181Mercedes CLS Class3080.0%
182Proton Gen23080.0%
183Lexus LX3020.0%
184Jeep Commander2910.0%
185VW Caddy Life/Camper2890.0%
186BMW X62880.0%
187VW Multivan2860.0%
188Mercedes S Class2740.0%
189Isuzu D-Max2730.0%
190VW Transporter Ute2670.0%
191Renault Laguna2650.0%
192Citroen C4 Picasso2640.0%
193Volvo C702460.0%
194Mercedes R Class2200.0%
195Ford Transit Bus2070.0%
197Fiat Ritmo2000.0%
198Range Rover2000.0%
199SsangYong Kyron1820.0%
200Proton Satria1760.0%
201Lexus LS1710.0%
202Volvo V701690.0%
203SsangYong Stavic1680.0%
205Hyundai Tiburon1530.0%
206Chrysler PT Cruiser1520.0%
207Renault Koleos1500.0%
208Audi Convertible1490.0%
209Dodge Journey1470.0%
210Honda Legend1460.0%
211BMW 7 Series1440.0%
212Porsche Boxster1420.0%
213Kia K27001420.0%
215BMW Z41290.0%
214Porsche Cayman1230.0%
216Volvo S801220.0%
217Volvo S601170.0%
218BMW 6 Series1160.0%
219Ford Fairlane1140.0%
220Skoda Roomster1110.0%
221Hyundai Grandeur1100.0%
222Mercedes SL Class1040.0%
223Audi R81030.0%
224Aston Martin Coupe1010.0%
225Citroen C2990.0%
226Alfa Romeo GT960.0%
228VW Caravelle900.0%
229Jaguar XK Series870.0%
230Mercedes Viano850.0%
231Land Rover Defender Ute800.0%
232Audi A8800.0%
233SsangYong Actyon710.0%
234Lexus IS F660.0%
235Mercedes CL Class660.0%
236Fiat Scudo630.0%
237Alfa Romeo Brera610.0%
238Renault Clio600.0%
239Saab 9-5600.0%
240Peugeot Partner510.0%
241Citroen Dispatch510.0%
242Peugeot Expert470.0%
243Lotus Elise470.0%
244Aston Martin Convertible460.0%
245Alfa Romeo Spider390.0%
246Chrysler Crossfire340.0%
247VW Kombi330.0%
248Jaguar XJ Series320.0%
249Ford F250310.0%
250Jaguar S-Type310.0%
252Hyundai Trajet230.0%
253Citroen C6190.0%
255Lamborghini Convertible160.0%
256Ford Courier160.0%
257Honda S2000150.0%
258Peugeot 607150.0%
259Lexus SC140.0%
260Lotus Exige140.0%
261SsangYong Musso110.0%
262Mazda Tribute90.0%
263Holden Monaro80.0%
264Hyundai Terracan70.0%
265Lotus Europa60.0%
266Suzuki Liana60.0%
268Morgan Aero30.0%
269Lotus 21130.0%
270SsangYong Chairman30.0%
271Holden Adventra20.0%
273Ford LTD20.0%
272Holden Vectra10.0%
274Alfa Romeo 16610.0%
276Peugeot 20610.0%

January 2008 Top 20:

1Toyota Corolla3,8434.7%
2Holden Commodore3,2103.9%
3Toyota Hilux3,0203.7%
5Toyota Yaris2,4333.0%
6Ford Focus1,8232.2%
7Honda Civic1,7772.2%
8Honda CR-V1,5751.9%
10Mitsubishi Lancer1,4101.7%
11Honda Jazz1,3951.7%
12Subaru Forester1,3951.7%
13Holden Astra1,3801.7%
14Toyota Camry1,3651.7%
15Ford Ranger1,3121.6%
16Nissan Navara1,3111.6%
17Toyota Aurion1,2661.5%
18Ford Falcon1,2521.5%
19Mitsubishi Triton1,2181.5%
20Subaru Impreza1,2131.5%

February 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,3134.8%
2Toyota Corolla4,1914.7%
3Toyota Hilux3,3253.7%
5Ford Falcon2,5202.8%
6Toyota Yaris2,2802.5%
7Toyota Aurion1,8552.1%
8Toyota Camry1,7231.9%
9Mitsubishi Lancer1,6821.9%
10Honda Civic1,6651.9%
11Hyundai Getz1,6051.8%
12Ford Ranger1,4881.7%
13Volkswagen Golf1,4621.6%
14Holden Commodore Ute1,4531.6%
15Toyota RAV41,4091.6%
16Toyota Kluger1,4041.6%
17Holden Astra1,3661.5%
18Mitsubishi Triton1,3181.5%
19Ford Focus1,3101.5%
20Ford Territory1,2991.4%

March 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore3,9884.4%
2Toyota Corolla3,9684.3%
3Toyota Hilux3,5293.9%
5Toyota Camry2,3322.6%
6Ford Falcon2,3222.5%
7Toyota Aurion2,2352.4%
8Toyota Yaris2,1712.4%
9Mitsubishi Lancer1,9022.1%
10Nissan Navara1,6601.8%
11Honda Civic1,5581.7%
12Toyota Kluger1,4461.6%
13Ford Ranger1,4311.6%
14Holden Rodeo1,4231.6%
15Mitsubishi Triton1,4221.6%
16Hyundai Getz1,4061.5%
17Toyota RAV41,3491.5%
18Holden Commodore Ute1,3451.5%
20Ford Territory1,3101.4%

April 2008 Top 20:

1Toyota Hilux3,8144.5%
2Toyota Corolla3,7224.4%
3Holden Commodore3,3244.0%
5Toyota Camry2,1372.5%
6Toyota Yaris2,0632.5%
7Ford Falcon1,8842.2%
8Toyota Aurion1,8612.2%
9Nissan Navara1,6842.0%
10Honda Civic1,6191.9%
11Ford Ranger1,5201.8%
12Holden Rodeo1,5151.8%
13Ford Focus1,4651.7%
14Hyundai Getz1,4481.7%
15Mitsubishi Triton1,4211.7%
16Mitsubishi Lancer1,3171.6%
17Holden Commodore Ute1,2691.5%
18Toyota Kluger1,2681.5%
19Toyota RAV41,1911.4%
20Toyota Prado1,1571.4%

May 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,2154.8%
2Toyota Hilux3,9144.4%
3Toyota Corolla3,6684.1%
4Ford Falcon3,3203.7%
6Toyota Yaris1,9872.2%
7Toyota Camry1,9332.2%
8Nissan Navara1,7862.0%
9Honda Civic1,6341.8%
10Toyota Aurion1,6181.8%
11Hyundai Getz1,5681.8%
12Holden Rodeo1,5311.7%
13Mitsubishi Lancer1,5201.7%
14Holden Astra1,4871.7%
15Toyota Prado1,4351.6%
16Subaru Forester1,4231.6%
17Mitsubishi Triton1,3111.5%
18Ford Ranger1,3111.5%
19Ford Focus1,3021.5%
20Suzuki Swift1,2541.4%

June 2008 Top 20:

1Toyota Corolla5,0234.7%
2Toyota Hilux4,5304.3%
3Holden Commodore4,2744.0%
4Ford Falcon3,4833.3%
6Toyota Yaris2,7702.6%
7Mitsubishi Triton2,6832.5%
8Mitsubishi Lancer2,6672.5%
9Honda Civic2,6442.5%
10Toyota Aurion2,5522.4%
11Toyota Camry2,2612.1%
12Nissan Navara1,9201.8%
13Holden Rodeo1,8081.7%
14Hyundai Getz1,7971.7%
15Toyota Prado1,7491.6%
16Subaru Forester1,6681.6%
18Holden Astra1,4691.4%
19Toyota RAV41,4351.3%
20Ford Focus1,3771.3%

July 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,9065.8%
2Toyota Corolla4,4765.3%
3Toyota Hilux3,5534.2%
4Ford Falcon3,4484.1%
6Toyota Yaris2,4012.9%
7Toyota Camry1,9122.3%
8Nissan Navara1,7092.0%
9Hyundai Getz1,5741.9%
10Holden Astra1,4881.8%
12Toyota Prado1,4041.7%
13Mitsubishi Lancer1,3951.7%
14Toyota Aurion1,3761.6%
15Ford Falcon Ute1,3281.6%
16Ford Focus1,2431.5%
17Ford Ranger1,2391.5%
18Subaru Forester1,2261.5%
19Mitsubishi Triton1,1511.4%
20Toyota RAV41,1141.3%

August 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,8146.2%
2Toyota Corolla3,9035.0%
3Toyota Hilux3,4154.4%
4Ford Falcon2,7083.5%
6Toyota Yaris1,9242.5%
7Hyundai Getz1,6862.2%
8Holden Astra1,6152.1%
9Toyota Camry1,5572.0%
10Subaru Forester1,5342.0%
11Nissan Navara1,4201.8%
12Mitsubishi Lancer1,4041.8%
13Ford Falcon Ute1,3021.7%
14Toyota Prado1,1991.6%
16Nissan Tiida1,1701.5%
17Ford Ranger1,1581.5%
18Toyota Aurion1,0881.4%
19Mitsubishi Triton1,0811.4%
20Suzuki Swift1,0191.3%

September 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,4625.5%
2Toyota Corolla3,9644.9%
3Toyota Hilux3,3644.2%
5Ford Falcon3,1233.9%
6Toyota Camry2,1142.6%
7Toyota Yaris1,6872.1%
9Mitsubishi Lancer1,4041.7%
10Nissan Navara1,3711.7%
11Holden Astra1,2921.6%
12Toyota Aurion1,2401.5%
13Ford Ranger1,2321.5%
14Mitsubishi Triton1,2121.5%
15Ford Focus1,1651.4%
16Subaru Forester1,1621.4%
17Ford Falcon Ute1,1491.4%
18Subaru Impreza1,1111.4%
19Holden Colorado1,1071.4%
20Suzuki Swift1,1001.4%

October 2008 Top 20:

1Toyota Hilux3,8924.9%
2Holden Commodore3,8104.8%
3Toyota Corolla3,4974.4%
4Ford Falcon2,7473.5%
6Toyota Yaris2,0482.6%
7Toyota Camry1,9522.5%
8Mitsubishi Lancer1,4961.9%
9Holden Colorado1,4731.9%
10Nissan Navara1,4581.8%
11Honda Civic1,4361.8%
12Mitsubishi Triton1,4141.8%
13Ford Focus1,3871.8%
14Ford Ranger1,3311.7%
16Toyota Aurion1,2501.6%
17Subaru Forester1,1471.4%
18Toyota RAV41,1331.4%
19Suzuki Swift1,1221.4%
20Toyota Prado1,1011.4%

November 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore4,3656.1%
2Toyota Corolla3,4864.9%
3Toyota Hilux3,4204.8%
4Ford Falcon2,5553.6%
6Toyota Yaris2,1533.0%
7Mitsubishi Lancer1,9222.7%
8Toyota Camry1,8202.5%
9Hyundai Getz1,5012.1%
10Toyota Aurion1,4812.1%
11Nissan Navara1,3141.8%
12Subaru Forester1,1821.6%
13Ford Focus1,1721.6%
14Mitsubishi Triton1,1591.6%
16Ford Ranger1,0741.5%
17Holden Colorado1,0181.4%
18Toyota RAV41,0111.4%
19Toyota Prado9861.4%
20Holden Astra9401.3%

December 2008 Top 20:

1Holden Commodore5,4137.1%
2Toyota Corolla4,1605.4%
3Toyota Hilux3,1804.2%
5Ford Falcon2,5743.4%
6Toyota Yaris2,1802.8%
7Toyota Camry1,9412.5%
8Toyota Aurion1,7402.3%
9Holden Commodore Ute1,6292.1%
10Nissan Navara1,5732.1%
11Mitsubishi Lancer1,5692.1%
12Hyundai Getz1,5492.0%
14Toyota RAV41,2971.7%
15Subaru Forester1,2621.6%
16Toyota Kluger1,1981.6%
17Mitsubishi Triton1,1921.6%
18Toyota Prado1,1371.5%
19Ford Territory1,0891.4%
20Ford Focus1,0771.4%

Source: VFACTS

Note: I took the Corolla and Hilux pictures during my stays in Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie.

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  1. I think Volkswagen vans are great, currently
    saving a lot of money to get one. I was recently able to rent one of these on
    vacation in Europe and since then its been a desire to buy one for
    myself…you have no idea of how excellent they are
    until you check out one of these!

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