* NOW UPDATED with the Top 20 best-selling models & Top 47 All-brands! *
New car sales in Australia are up 1% year-on-year to 96,756 registrations in December, bringing the final 2013 total to a new record of 1,136,227 units, up 24,000 or 2% on 2012 which was already an all-time high. December figures are always a little biased by end-of-year promotions in Australia and 2013 is no exception. Mazda tried as hard as they could to keep the Mazda3 on top of the annual models sales charts for a third consecutive year and managed to place it in first position for the first time since last August and the 5th time this year with 4,022 sales and 4.2%, but this was insufficient to prevent the Toyota Corolla to be crowned Australia’s best-seller for the first time. Selling 3,704 units in December, the Corolla finishes the year at 43,498 sales vs. 42,082 for the Mazda3. More on this milestone in the Full Year 2013 report.
In a fantastic third place, its best ranking in one year, the Toyota Camry is the best-selling locally-produced model this month thanks to 3,534 sales and 3.4% vs. 2,547 and 2.6% for the Holden Commodore at #6. The Mitsubishi Triton is the other star of the month: up 5 spots on November, it ranks 5th with 3,021 units and 3.1%, its highest market share in the country so far and 4th time it breaks into the monthly Australian Top 5 this year (and ever) after last February, May and June.
The Nissan Navara at #8 and Holden Colorado at #9 make it 4 utes in the Top 9, while at #10 the Hyundai ix35 manages to break into the monthly Top 10 for only the second time ever after last May and the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues its astounding progression to break into the Top 15 for the very first time at #15 with 1,431 sales and 1.5%, pushing Jeep to #12 brand this month vs. #14 in the Full Year and #15 in 2012. Notice also Fiat up 464% to #18, Alfa Romeo up 215% to #24 and Porsche up 304% to #28.
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Full December 2013 Top 20 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.