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2014 won’t be a record year in Australia, it is now almost certain. With August sales down a disappointing 5.5% year-on-year to 88,157 registrations, the year-to-date total after 8 months now lags almost 20,000 units off last year at the same time at 737,975 – down 2.5%. Furthermore, new vehicle sales declined in every Australian state in territory in August, with the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland even reporting double-digit percentage drops.
Brand-wise, Toyota falls 12% but remains on top by far with 17.7% share while Holden (-19%) saves its 2nd spot for 34 units only above Hyundai up an impressive 10% to 9.8% share in third position. Jeep is up 29% to #11 and 3% share, BMW and Audi are both up 21% to #13 and #15 respectively, Isuzu is up 64%, Renault up 56%, Land Rover and Porsche both up 40% and Maserati up 475% thanks to the Ghibli.
In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla enjoys its 6th consecutive month atop the sales charts in spite of sales down 12% year-on-year to 3,247 compared to the harsh 25% drop of the Mazda3 to 3,124 units. Little by little, the Toyota Corolla is inching its way towards a 2nd year atop the annual Australian sales rankings, now spoting a still very shy 144 unit-advantage over the Mazda3 year-to-date (29,213 vs. 29,069). Below the Toyota Hilux up 1% in third position, the Hyundai i30 overtakes the Holden Commodore (disappointingly down 17%) to hold the #4 spot for the third time in the past 12 months after November 2013 and January 2014. The Ford Ranger is up a beautiful 32% in 6th place, the Mitsubishi Triton up 31% at #7 while the Mazda CX-5 is once again the best-selling SUV in the country in spite of sales down 14% and the Holden Colorado at #10 makes it 4 utes inside the Top 10 like last month. Notice also the Jeep Grand Cherokee still extremely strong at #11.
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Full August 2014 Top 15 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.