* EXCLUSIVE! Updated with the Top 50 All-brands and Top 290 All-models *
Australian customers continue on their car buying frenzy: after an all-time high 1st Half at 578.427 registrations, we now have the biggest July on record at 92.308 deliveries, up 3% year-on-year and beating the previous July best of 90.235 established in 2013. The year-to-date tally now stands at a record 670.735 units, up 3% on 2014. This is the fourth record month in 2015 after February (90.424), March (105.054) and June (125.850 – highest monthly score ever). Looking at the different states and territories, Tasmania-Hobart (+11%), New South Wales-Sydney (+6%), Queensland-Brisbane (+5%), Victoria-Melbourne (+5%) and ACT-Canberra (+2%) are in positive whereas South Australia-Adelaide (-5%), Northern Territory-Darwin (-8%) and Western Australia-Perth (-13%) lose ground.
The love story of Australia with SUVs keeps blossoming month after month with sales of the segment up a whopping 13.5% year-on-year to account for over 35% of total sales, while light commercials are up 5% and passenger cars down 5%. Note passenger cars now only account for 45% of overall sales vs. over 60% ten years ago. The trend towards SUVs is even stronger with private buyers who purchased 22% more of them in July 2015 than in July 2014. As usual Toyota is the favourite brand in the country by a country mile with 18.2% share while Mazda is boosted up 16% to 9.356 deliveries and 10.1% share by the success of its SUV range: the CX-5 climbs to a best-ever 6th place (also reached last February) with 2.223 sales and a record 2.4% share and the CX-3 is up to #17 at 1.284 units and 1.4%.
Hyundai (9.2%) makes the Australian podium 100% Asian with local fare Holden kicked down two spots on June to #4 at -12%, followed by Ford equally in trouble at -7%. Volkswagen shines at +23%, Mercedes (+21%) edges past Honda and Kia (both at +13%) to land inside the Top 10 while Audi (+15%) sells exactly the same amount as Jeep, down a disturbing 26% after enjoying spectacular gains in the past couple of years. Renault (+32%) and Lexus (+76%) also impress, the latter thanks to the NX accounting for 39% of its July sales.
Full July 2015 Top 50 All-brands and Top 290 All-models & Full 2015 YTD figures below.