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Australia November 2015: Nissan shines in strongest November ever

Nissan X-Trail Australia November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Nissan X-Trail is the best-selling SUV in Australia for the first time. Picture caradvice.com.au

* UPDATED with the Top 50 brands and Top 290 All-models *

The Australian new vehicle market is going from strength to strength this year with November sales figures hitting an all-time high of 98.639 units, up 7% on November 2014 and eclipsing the previous record of 98.347 established in 2012. The year-to-date total now stands at 1.055.791 units, the highest 11 month-tally in Australian history, up 4% on the same period a year ago. What also puts a smile on analysts for Australia is the fact that these record levels are championed by private sales, outpacing the market at +10% year-on-year in November to 49.880 deliveries, with business fleet sales up 5% to 36.181, government sales up 9% to 3.694 and rental sales down 3% to 6.031.

Nissan NP300 Navara Australia November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auNissan Navara sales are up 117% this month. Picture caradvice.com.au

Diesel sales in Australia are in freefall at -25% to private buyers and -21% to fleets and only 4% of new passenger cars running on diesel this month. SUVs continue their unstoppable march to the top: up another 16% to 36.070 units at 36.6% market share vs. -3% and 41.726 passenger cars (42.3% share). Light commercials are up 16% to 17.990, pushed up by a series of new ute launches and the craze for 4WD utes being used as SUVs, not just workhorses. Brand-wise, Toyota remains ultra-dominant with sales up 15% to 18.402 followed by Mazda up a splendid 21% while Holden climbs back on the podium thanks to factory deals, up 13% to 8.889. This is however not enough to reclaim the #3 year-to-date spot off Hyundai at 93.805 (-5%) vs. 94.845 (+3%).

Ford Ranger Australia November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger ranks at a record 4th place for the 2nd month running.

Nissan is the hero of the month with sales up 39% to push the manufacturer back inside the Australian Top 5 for the first time since March and only the second time in the past 33 months at 7.229 sales and 7.3% share vs. 5.8% year-to-date. This performance is mainly due to the success of two nameplates. Firstly, the NP300 Navara, bolstered by the new generation now in full gear, more than doubles its sales year-on-year at +117% to land in 8th position, its highest ranking since December 2013. Then the X-Trail is up a whopping 92% on November 2014 to hit an all-time high 9th place, only the second time ever this nameplate ranks within Australia’s Top 10 along with March 2012 (#10). This also means the X-Trail is the best-selling SUV in the country for the first time ever, outselling the perennial leader the Mazda CX-5 in November by 2.225 to 2.160. Other brand news include Kia up 36% and Jeep down 45%.

2015 Toyota Camry Atara SXThe Toyota Camry is the most popular local vehicle in Australia this month.

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in Australia for the 6th time this year with sales up 5% to 3.430, securing a third consecutive annual win with a now insurmountable advantage over the #2 the Mazda3 at 38.604 deliveries in 11 months vs. 35.199. The Toyota Hilux is up 15% thanks to the new model in 2nd place with 3.369 units – 75% of which are 4WD variants – while the Ford Ranger manages to post a second consecutive month at a record #4 thanks to sales up a whopping 45% to 3.045 (80% 4WD). Thanks to deliveries up a spectacular 53% year-on-year, the Toyota Camry gains two spots on October to #5 and is now back above the Holden Commodore (#6, +19%) as the #1 locally-produced nameplate in Australia.

Mercedes GLC Australia November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auMercedes GLC. Picture caradvice.com.au

Notice also the Hyundai Tucson already getting dangerously close to the Top 10 at 1.838 units (#11) and the Mazda CX-3 strong at 1.397 (#15). Further down, the Hyundai Accent remains well above its year-to-date level at #16 vs. #30, the Holden Trax jumps 17 spots on October to #33, the Mitsubishi Pajero is up 59 to #41, the Toyota Fortuner is up 15 to #62 for its second appearance in the Australian sales charts, the Ford Everest is up 13 to #69, the Land Rover Discovery Sport up 8 to #78 and the Mercedes GLE up 20 to break into the Top 100 for the first time at #88. Its compact sibling, the Mercedes GLC, for its part lands directly at a beautiful 73rd spot with 321 deliveries.

Previous month: Australia October 2015: New generation pushes Toyota Hilux to #1

One year ago: Australia November 2014: Hyundai climbs on year-to-date podium

Full November 2015 Top 50 brands and Top 290 All-models below.

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