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Australia Full Year 2012: Mazda3 leads again in record market, no local model on podium for the first time since 1930s!

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* NOW UPDATED with the Top 296 All-models & Top 50 All-brands! Click on title to see! *

Australia could well be the only mature car market in the world to actually break its all-time record in 2012: sales are up a fantastic 10% on 2011 to reach the unheard of level of 1,112,032 registrations, beating the 2007 record of 1,049,982 units. After putting an end to 15 consecutive years of Holden Commodore domination in 2011, the Mazda3 manages to keep its crown in 2012 thanks to sales up 7% to 44,128 units and 4% share, making Australia the only country in the world where the Mazda3 is #1. All-in-all, the Mazda3 led the monthly ranking 5 times and beat its monthly volume record twice in 2012: in September (4,276 units) and December (4,649).

Toyota Hilux

It wasn’t an easy win however, with another very serious contender pointing its robust bonnet in 2012: the Toyota Hilux managed the incredible feat of ranking #1 for 5 consecutive months – the only model to do so in the last 35 years with the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, and a total of 6 times. It is up 13% on 2011 to #2 with 40,646 units and 3.7%, its very first time in the year-end Australian Top 2 in the 41 years the nameplate has been present in the country, and the 4WD variant’s best-ever year at 29,267 sales (+23%). You can check out Hilux Australian sales for each year since its introduction in the country in 1971 here.

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is up one spot and 8% to #3, it ranked #1 in November thanks to the new model and is getting ready for a potentially winning year in 2013. However the big – albeit negative – news of 2012 is the 25% drop outisde the podium of the Holden Commodore at #4 with 30,532 sales and 2.7%. Holden’s legendary nameplate fell to a worrying #8 spot in June, did not top the monthly ranking at anytime for the first time since its original launch in 1978 and even lost its local model crown to the Toyota Camry over the last 3 months of the year. With the Commodore at #4, there is no locally produced model on the podium for the first time since before World War 2, and potentially even longer…

Mazda CX-5

The Holden Cruze passed the Commodore for the first time in a monthly ranking in January but remains #5 at year-end with 29,161 units, down 14% and threatened by a Hyundai i30 boosted by the new generation at #6 with 28,348 sales. The Toyota Camry is up a huge 42% to #7 and should be a contender for the #1 spot in 2013, the Nissan Navara is up 20% but down one spot, the Toyota Yaris up 16% to #9 and the Ford Focus up 9 ranks and 44% to an excellent 10th place.

The Nissan X-Trail had a record year in Australia

The Toyota Prado leads the SUV charge, up a fantastic 57% to deliver its best-ever year in the country at 17,045 sales and #15. It is followed by the Nissan X-Trail up 33% to a record #16 with 16,066 units – breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in March. However the most impressive model in the category is the all-new Mazda CX-5 launched in March and an instant hit, finishing the year at #17 with 15,861 sales and breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in August.

Infiniti launched in Australia in October 2012.

Brand-wise, Toyota celebrates 10 consecutive years on top with sales up 20% to 218,176 units, and even though Holden is still #2 at 10.3% share, it got passed by Mazda for the first time in a monthly ranking this year, not once but 3 times (in AprilSeptember and December). The Japanese manufacturer lodges its best-ever year in the country and first time above 100,000 annual units at 103,886, up 18%. Hyundai is now above Ford at #4 and 91,536 sales (+5%) while Nissan and Volkswagen also break their all-time record at 79,747 and 54,835 units respectively. Notice also Jeep up 108% to #15, Great Wall up 27% to #17 and Land Rover up 36%. Two large brands launched in Oz in 2012: Opel lands at #36 with 541 sales and Infiniti is #41 with a timid 85 units sold.

Previous post: Australia December 2012: Mazda3 and Toyota Camry amaze again

Previous year: Australia Full Year 2011: Mazda3 breaks 15 years of Holden Commodore domination

Full Year 2012 Top 296 All-models, Top 50 All-brands and each Monthly Top 20 models Ranking Tables below.

You can check out each Monthly Top 20 for Australia in 2012 here: Australia 2012 12 Month by Month

Australia Full Year 2012 – models:

2Toyota Hilux40,6463.7%13%36,1243.6%3
3Toyota Corolla38,7993.5%8%36,0873.6%4
4Holden Commodore30,5322.7%-25%40,6174.0%2
5Holden Cruze29,1612.6%-14%33,7843.4%5
6Hyundai i3028,3482.5%-2%28,8692.9%6
7Toyota Camry27,2302.4%42%19,1691.9%8
8Nissan Navara26,0452.3%20%21,6752.1%7
9Toyota Yaris18,8081.7%16%16,2141.6%14
10Ford Focus18,5861.7%44%12,8631.3%19
11Mitsubishi Triton18,5021.7%8%17,1881.7%13
12VW Golf18,1121.6%-3%18,6821.9%11
13Ford Ranger18,0971.6%16%15,5861.5%15
15Toyota Prado17,0451.5%57%10,8491.1%28
16Nissan X-Trail16,0661.4%33%12,0891.2%22
17Mazda CX-515,8611.4%new00.0% –
18Mitsubishi Lancer15,3211.4%-18%18,7171.9%10
19Toyota RAV414,6511.3%12%13,1251.3%18
20Ford Territory14,6461.3%6%13,8661.4%16
21Ford Falcon14,0361.3%-25%18,7411.9%9
22Hyundai i2013,3391.2%53%8,7080.9%37
23Toyota Kluger13,2391.2%13%11,6921.2%24
24Nissan Dualis13,1411.2%43%9,2140.9%34
25Holden Colorado12,9021.2%9%11,8241.2%23
26Holden Barina12,3571.1%51%8,2080.8%38
27Suzuki Swift12,1131.1%-2%12,3881.2%20
28Mazda BT-5011,8481.1%23%9,6451.0%31
29Subaru Forester11,5331.0%-12%13,1421.3%17
30Hyundai ix3511,4691.0%0%11,4871.1%26
31Honda Civic11,4421.0%76%6,4990.6%48
32Holden Captiva711,3781.0%10%10,3241.0%29
33Toyota Land Cruiser10,8291.0%19%9,1190.9%35
34Ford Fiesta10,4130.9%-15%12,2861.2%21
35Subaru XV9,9080.9%new00.0% –
36Nissan Micra9,1620.8%-4%9,5090.9%32
37Toyota Aurion9,0740.8%2%8,9150.9%36
38Honda Jazz9,0630.8%22%7,4070.7%41
39Mercedes C Class9,0120.8%19%7,5900.8%40
40Hyundai Elantra8,6970.8%90%4,5740.5%62
41Kia Cerato/Koup8,5820.8%23%6,9520.7%42
42Subaru Impreza8,4070.8%-24%11,0641.1%27
43Jeep Grand Cherokee8,3730.8%148%3,3740.3%75
44Mitsubishi Outlander8,0510.7%6%7,5990.8%39
45Holden Commodore Ute7,9250.7%-16%9,4890.9%33
46Kia Rio7,9150.7%28%6,1870.6%51
47Toyota Land Cruiser Ute7,9120.7%21%6,5230.6%47
48Isuzu D-Max7,7820.7%22%6,3970.6%50
49Great Wall V-Series7,4900.7%35%5,5540.6%56
50Hyundai Accent7,1700.6%98%3,6250.4%71
51Holden Captiva57,0850.6%48%4,7990.5%60
52Mitsubishi ASX6,9600.6%8%6,4300.6%49
53VW Tiguan6,8710.6%13%6,0690.6%52
54VW Amarok6,7420.6%155%2,6490.3%87
56Toyota Hiace Van6,3870.6%6%6,0340.6%53
57Mitsubishi Pajero6,2970.6%-8%6,8520.7%43
58Honda Accord Euro6,1550.6%26%4,8790.5%58
59VW Polo5,9250.5%36%4,3580.4%65
60Hyundai iLoad5,8540.5%-11%6,6100.7%46
61Ford Falcon Ute5,7330.5%-16%6,8140.7%44
62BMW 3 Series5,4930.5%3%5,3150.5%57
63Ford Mondeo5,2030.5%-21%6,6260.7%45
64Hyundai Santa Fe4,7860.4%8%4,4420.4%64
65Honda CR-V4,7330.4%-18%5,7480.6%55
66VW Passat4,6440.4%14%4,0590.4%67
67Mazda CX-94,5870.4%19%3,8570.4%69
68Subaru Outback4,4080.4%-8%4,7700.5%61
69Subaru Liberty4,4070.4%13%3,8980.4%68
70Kia Sportage4,2600.4%18%3,6020.4%72
71Hyundai Veloster4,1070.4%new00.0% –
72Suzuki Alto3,9980.4%-2%4,0710.4%66
73Kia Carnival3,6760.3%2%3,5950.4%73
74Hyundai i453,6400.3%-25%4,8720.5%59
75Great Wall X-Series3,5160.3%13%3,1100.3%77
76Suzuki Grand Vitara3,4940.3%19%2,9270.3%79
77BMW 1 Series3,3050.3%15%2,8820.3%81
78Kia Sorento3,2760.3%25%2,6130.3%88
79Nissan Patrol Wagon3,2070.3%0%3,2170.3%76
80Mazda CX-73,1600.3%-67%9,7141.0%30
81Nissan Tiida3,0590.3%-14%3,5770.4%74
82Toyota FJ Cruiser2,9810.3%58%1,8860.2%107
83Jeep Compass2,8980.3%new00.0% –
84Audi Q52,8300.3%1%2,8010.3%83
85BMW X52,7780.2%0%2,7700.3%84
86Audi A42,7460.2%-12%3,1060.3%78
87Mercedes M Class2,7290.2%31%2,0770.2%97
88Nissan Pathfinder2,6950.2%16%2,3180.2%91
89VW Jetta2,6370.2%58%1,6670.2%114
90Mitsubishi Challenger2,5800.2%7%2,4060.2%90
91Jeep Wrangler2,5480.2%-10%2,8240.3%82
92BMW X32,5000.2%19%2,1030.2%95
93Range Rover Evoque2,4960.2%985%2300.0%201
94Hyundai i402,3920.2%507%3940.0%175
95Lexus IS2,2690.2%-22%2,9110.3%80
96Kia Optima2,2670.2%174%8280.1%141
97Volvo XC602,1790.2%38%1,5750.2%118
98Lexus RX2,1690.2%23%1,7580.2%112
99Nissan Murano2,1450.2%-4%2,2460.2%93
100Jeep Patriot2,1250.2%142%8770.1%138
101Mercedes E Class2,0700.2%-25%2,7570.3%85
102Jeep Cherokee2,0700.2%32%1,5730.2%119
103Toyota GT862,0470.2%new00.0% –
104Mercedes B Class2,0350.2%-8%2,2110.2%94
105Land Rover Discovery1,9920.2%-5%2,0860.2%96
106Suzuki SX41,9890.2%4%1,9070.2%105
107Toyota Prius C1,8830.2%new00.0% –
108Mini Hatch/Clubman/Cabrio/Coupe1,8780.2%1%1,8630.2%108
109VW Caddy1,8520.2%1%1,8420.2%109
110Audi A51,8520.2%-5%1,9570.2%100
111Toyota Prius1,7970.2%119%8220.1%142
112Renault Megane1,7880.2%19%1,5010.1%121
113Audi A11,7820.2%-1%1,8060.2%110
114VW Touareg1,7370.2%80%9630.1%137
115Hyundai iMax1,7330.2%-10%1,9220.2%102
116Range Rover Sport1,7280.2%7%1,6190.2%115
117VW Transporter1,5690.1%-6%1,6710.2%113
118Honda Accord1,5650.1%-21%1,9780.2%99
119Honda Odyssey1,5540.1%32%1,1780.1%129
120Lexus CT1,5000.1%14%1,3110.1%126
121Audi Q31,4720.1%new00.0% –
122BMW X11,4640.1%-35%2,2660.2%92
123Holden Caprice1,4600.1%-23%1,8920.2%106
124Nissan Maxima1,4540.1%-24%1,9230.2%101
125Dodge Journey1,4280.1%41%1,0160.1%135
126Audi A31,4130.1%-29%1,9870.2%98
127Volvo XC901,3420.1%0%1,3480.1%124
128Subaru Tribeca1,3260.1%17%1,1370.1%132
129Holden Barina Spark1,2780.1%-66%3,7550.4%70
130Nissan Patrol Ute1,2740.1%-12%1,4430.1%122
131Audi Q71,2520.1%-7%1,3430.1%125
132BMW 5 Series1,2070.1%-13%1,3840.1%123
133Chrysler 300C1,2060.1%235%3600.0%179
134Ford Transit1,1660.1%-34%1,7640.2%111
135Renault Koleos1,1160.1%88%5940.1%153
136Mercedes Vito1,1100.1%-5%1,1630.1%130
137Ford Kuga1,1070.1%new00.0% –
138Peugeot 5081,0850.1%281%2850.0%189
139Skoda Octavia1,0740.1%-44%1,9160.2%103
140Peugeot 3081,0720.1%-44%1,9150.2%104
141Toyota Tarago1,0310.1%20%8580.1%140
142Suzuki Kizashi1,0200.1%-36%1,5920.2%116
143Skoda Yeti1,0120.1%134%4330.0%166
144Peugeot 2079880.1%-36%1,5320.2%120
145Suzuki Jimny9580.1%61%5940.1%154
146Ford Escape9390.1%-63%2,5120.2%89
147Nissan Almera9090.1%new00.0% –
148Porsche Cayenne8570.1%7%8030.1%145
149Land Rover Freelander 28560.1%-25%1,1480.1%131
150VW CC8480.1%new00.0%n/a
151Toyota Rukus8230.1%-30%1,1830.1%128
152VW Eos7650.1%8%7060.1%149
154Ssangyong Korando7500.1%20%6230.1%150
153Skoda Fabia7220.1%155%2830.0%190
155VW Scirocco7120.1%448%1300.0%220
156Mercedes SLK Class7010.1%76%3980.0%173
157Honda City6850.1%-57%1,5840.2%117
158Skoda Superb6530.1%-25%8690.1%139
159Audi A66490.1%-9%7100.1%148
160Jaguar XF6480.1%18%5500.1%156
161Volvo S606400.1%-21%8100.1%144
162Ssangyong Actyon Sports6330.1%2%6200.1%151
164Lexus GS6240.1%447%1140.0%228
163Mitsubishi Express6220.1%-24%8170.1%143
165VW Multivan6200.1%-21%7830.1%146
166Alfa Romeo Giulietta6100.1%16%5260.1%159
167Land Rover Defender6060.1%39%4350.0%164
168Chery J115820.1%-48%1,1140.1%133
169Citroen C45500.0%49%3680.0%176
170VW Up!5310.0%new00.0% –
171Peugeot 40075290.0%15%4600.0%162
172Mini Countryman5160.0%21%4280.0%170
173Fiat/Abarth 5005130.0%-4%5320.1%157
174Renault Fluence4930.0%-17%5930.1%155
175Peugeot 40084860.0%new0 –
176Suzuki APV4850.0%62%2990.0%187
177Mitsubishi Colt4400.0%-59%1,0610.1%134
178Nissan 370Z4360.0%-28%6090.1%152
179Renault Trafic4320.0%71%2530.0%194
180BMW X64150.0%21%3430.0%180
181Dodge Caliber4100.0%-67%1,2570.1%127
182Chery J13780.0%-13%4340.0%165
183Honda CR-Z3700.0%393%750.0%240
184Opel Astra3650.0%new00.0% –
185Proton S163580.0%-33%5310.1%158
186Renault Kangoo3570.0%21%2940.0%188
187Kia Soul3530.0%-18%4310.0%168
188VW Caddy Life/Camper3480.0%-4%3640.0%177
189Renault Latitude3260.0%31%2480.0%198
190Peugeot 2083190.0%new00.0% –
191Holden Combo3140.0%-22%4040.0%172
192Volvo C303050.0%-26%4130.0%171
193Mercedes GL Class3040.0%-10%3370.0%181
194Mercedes CLS3020.0%21%2490.0%197
195Audi TT2930.0%-32%4320.0%167
196Kia Rondo2900.0%-33%4350.0%163
197Citroen C52900.0%15%2520.0%195
198Peugeot 30082870.0%-44%5110.1%160
199Volvo V602640.0%-27%3610.0%178
200Mercedes Viano2420.0%38%1760.0%212
201Proton Persona2410.0%39%1730.0%213
202Porsche 9112300.0%14%2010.0%204
203Honda Insight2230.0%-69%7150.1%147
204BMW 6 Series2220.0%200%740.0%241
205Volvo XC702190.0%-8%2390.0%199
206Mercedes Valente2150.0%new00.0% –
207Mercedes R Class2130.0%-34%3240.0%183
208Citroen DS32120.0%6%2000.0%205
209Citroen Berlingo2090.0%8%1930.0%207
210Subaru BRZ2000.0%new00.0% –
211Dodge Nitro1900.0%-56%4300.0%169
212Proton Gen21880.0%-43%3280.0%182
213Lexus LX1810.0%47%1230.0%225
215Holden Colorado 71770.0%new00.0% –
214Chery J31730.0%-37%2740.0%191
216Peugeot RCZ1630.0%-46%3040.0%186
217Range Rover1620.0%-24%2130.0%203
218Alfa Romeo Mi.To1600.0%-37%2550.0%193
219Mazda MX51590.0%-50%3150.0%184
220Porsche Boxster1570.0%19%1320.0%219
221Chrysler Voyager1530.0%-29%2140.0%202
222Proton Jumbuck1490.0%-62%3960.0%174
223Citroen C4 Grand Picasso1490.0%-44%2650.0%192
224Smart Fortwo1420.0%-40%2360.0%200
225Kia K29001390.0%-71%4850.0%161
226BMW 7 Series1380.0%-27%1880.0%209
227Alfa Romeo 1591330.0%-47%2500.0%196
228Audi A71300.0%-32%1900.0%208
229Volvo S401290.0%-23%1680.0%214
230BMW Z41260.0%-2%1280.0%222
232Fiat Scudo1150.0%-3%1190.0%226
233SsangYong Rexton1140.0%-29%1600.0%215
234Opel Insignia1110.0%new00.0% –
235Volvo C701080.0%-42%1860.0%210
236Volvo V501060.0%-8%1150.0%227
237Mercedes S Class990.0%-41%1680.0%215
238Peugeot Partner990.0%-28%1380.0%217
239Porsche Panamera990.0%-4%1030.0%232
241Mitsubishi i-MiEV950.0%217%300.0%261
242Citroen DS4910.0%2933%30.0%278
243Land Rover Defender Ute890.0%-12%1010.0%233
244Citroen C3880.0%-31%1270.0%223
245Lexus IS F880.0%-6%940.0%234
246Aston Martin Coupe850.0%-4%890.0%235
247VW Caravelle810.0%-37%1290.0%221
248Holden Volt800.0%new00.0% –
249Jaguar XK Series780.0%42%550.0%248
250Nissan Leaf770.0%305%190.0%269
251Nissan GT-R770.0%-11%870.0%237
252Audi A8750.0%-40%1250.0%224
253Citroen C4 Aircross710.0%new00.0% –
254Proton Satria690.0%-4%720.0%242
254Renault Clio690.0%-3%710.0%243
256Opel Corsa650.0%new00.0% –
257Mercedes SL Class620.0%114%290.0%260
258Jaguar XJ Series600.0%-32%880.0%236
259SsangYong Kyron550.0%-51%1120.0%230
260Mercedes G Class520.0%-39%850.0%238
261Infiniti FX490.0%new00.0% –
262Volvo S80470.0%104%230.0%266
263Peugeot Expert430.0%23%350.0%255
264Lotus Elise420.0%40%300.0%259
265Audi R8410.0%-24%540.0%249
266Skoda Roomster410.0%new00.0% –
267SsangYong Stavic370.0%-41%630.0%244
269Citroen DS5330.0%new00.0% –
270Volvo V70320.0%-6%340.0%256
271Porsche Cayman300.0%-71%1040.0%231
273Lotus Evora250.0%56%160.0%270
272McLaren MP4-12C230.0%new00.0% –
274Honda Legend220.0%-49%430.0%250
276Infiniti M210.0%new00.0% –
277Saab 9-3200.0%-82%1130.0%229
278Mercedes SLS Class170.0%-43%300.0%262
280Holden Epica150.0%-98%9970.1%136
281Infiniti G150.0%new00.0% –
282Mazda RX8110.0%-86%780.0%239
283Lexus LS110.0%-69%350.0%254
284Aston Martin Convertible90.0%-25%120.0%271
285Mercedes CL Class80.0%-65%230.0%264
286Saab 9-570.0%-81%370.0%253
287Citroen Dispatch60.0%20%50.0%277
288Lexus LFA50.0%400%10.0%288
289Lamborghini Convertible40.0%new00.0% –
290Alfa Romeo Brera30.0%-90%310.0%258
291Citroen C630.0%50%20.0%282
292VW Beetle30.0%-98%1990.0%206
293Caterham30.0%new00.0% –
294Lotus Exige20.0%-83%120.0%272
295Holden Monaro10.0%n/a00.0% –
296Hyundai Grandeur10.0%-83%60.0%276

Australia Full Year 2012 – brands:

17Great Wall11,0061.0%27%8,6650.9%16
18Land Rover7,9290.7%36%5,8320.6%20
19Isuzu Ute7,7820.7%22%6,3970.6%18
21Volvo Car5,3750.5%2%5,2720.5%21
34Alfa Romeo9060.1%-17%1,0910.1%33
36Opel5410.0%new00.0% –
40Aston Martin940.0%-7%1010.0%40
41Infiniti850.0%new00.0% –
46McLaren230.0%new00.0% –
49Caterham30.0%new00.0% –

Source: FCAI, (1)

This Post Has 11 Comments
  1. We’ve got the Volkswagen Routan on a rental the other full week while on a short trip. As we have a few children we had originally attempted to rent a minivan, ultimately it turns out the VW ended up being a good choice

  2. Hi Matt, Toyota Hiace bus sold 2614 so should be in 90th place if counted separately. If combined with normal Hiace then it would be 9001 for bus & van, or 40th place.

  3. I am still astonished how people love the Mazda 2009-2012 hatchback so much more than the sedan. To me it looks like a street-racing car. So the sedan is way better to me

    And this blue color, that they love to put on media photos and leaflets – ugly as hell, there are other better looking colors – grey, red of the speed3, even the white might be better

  4. Hi Matt, I still think your prediction for Corolla being no. 1 in 2013 is wrong – look at how Mazda3 smashed it in December. Even Toyota themselves are predicting only 35,000 sales for Corolla this year, and they say Hilux will outsell it. As I already mentioned, I don’t think we’ll see 1.16 million sales either – they’re saying sales will remain fairly steady in 2013 with not that much, if any, increase.

  5. @Jean
    French makers have a very inconsistent history in Australia. Their real glory days were through the 60s up to the mid-70s. Renault used to have a Plant here and made 12s (and I think 16s and 10s) as well as assembling Peugeot 504s, and even Ford Cortinas under contract for Ford. Both companies struggled to have any presence at all through the 80s. Their numbers actually look pretty good now compared to that time.

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