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Australia June 2021: Ford Ranger #1, Isuzu D-Max up to record #3, Chinese up 178.6%

GWM sales are up 237.9% year-on-year in June.

09/07 update: Now with Top 330 All-models.

Australian new vehicle sales edge up 0.4% year-on-year in June to 110.664 units, marking an 8th consecutive month of year-on-year gains after 31 straight months of decline. The H1 2021 tally is up 28.3% to 567.468, the highest volume at this stage of the year since 2018. Private sales outpace the market at +3.6% to 54.601 units wheres business fleets drop -12% to 42.670. Rental sales surge 192% on depleted year-ago volumes to 5.601 and government sales gain 10.4% to 2.800. Segment-wise, SUVs are up 3.5% to 53.651 and 48.6% share vs. 47.1% a year ago and 45.4% in June 2019, light commercials edge down -0.3% to 28.550 and 25.8% share vs. 26% in June 2020 and 22.4% in June 2019 and passenger cars continue to skid down at -6.7% to 23.361 and 21.1% share vs. 22.7% a year ago and 28.7% in June 2019. Looking a sales by country of origin, Japan is down -2.8% to 31.563, Thailand down -10% to 25.269, South Korea up 16.4% to 15.893, China soars 178.6% to 8.439 and Germany sinks -38.5% to 5.341.

In the brands ranking, Toyota (-7.8%) underperforms to 19% share vs. 21% so far this year whereas Mazda (+29.8%) shines in 2nd place and 11% share vs. 10.7% YTD. Ford (+10.9%) is also very solid and climbs back onto the Australian podium for the first time since October 2012 at #3, scoring its largest monthly volume in four years – since June 2017. Kia (+37.8%) is also very dynamic and outsells sister brand Hyundai (-4.9%) for the second consecutive month, but is down one spot on May to #4. Mitsubishi (-24%) is in difficulty at #6 and goes from #3 YTD last month to #6 at the end of June. Volkswagen (-18.5%) and Nissan (-5.3%) also suffer but MG (+219.2%) triples its sales to a record 4.303, scoring a fourth Top 10 finish in the past 5 months and record share (3.9%) and ranking (#8). Isuzu Ute (+49.2%) also breaks its all-time volume record at 3.964 and also signs a fourth ever Top 10 finish, all occurring since November 2020. Chinese carmakers are on fire: GWM is up 237.9% to new ranking (#14), volume (2.075) and share records (1.9%) while LDV also breaks all its record thanks to sales up 64% to 1.725, 1.6% share and #16. Renault (+49.4%), Ssangyong (+38.5%), Mini (+26.7%), Skoda (+26.3%) and Jeep (+25.9%) also impress in the remainder of the Top 30.

The models ranking is completely reshuffled this month. The Ford Ranger (+13.7%) breaks its volume record at 6.058 to take the overall lead for only the 4th time in Australian history after September 2017, September 2020 and April 2021. This means the Ranger has been #1 in Australia three times in the past 10 months, showing the start of a mid-term trend that could challenge the Toyota Hilux (-17.2%) for the annual #1 in the near future. The Ranger remains well below the Hilux (2.740 units) in the YTD order but leads the lucrative 4×4 ute segment, on track for a third consecutive annual crown there. Below the Hilux, the Isuzu D-Max (+92.9%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year, breaks its volume record for the second straight month and climbs onto the podium for the first time ever at #3. This is only the second time the podium is 100% pickups alongside June 2018 (Hilux-Ranger-Triton). The Mazda CX-5 (+19.3%) is back to #1 SUV ahead of the Toyota Prado (+9.9%) and RAV4 (-5%) suffering from stock shortages and long waiting lists. In other bad news for Toyota, the Kia Cerato (+34.5%) breaks its ranking record to #5 (previous best #6 in June 2019, October 2019 and September 2020) and becomes the best-selling passenger car in the country for the first time ever at #5 overall. The Hyundai i30 (-1.6%) follows at #8 with the Toyota Corolla (-27.7%) down to #10. The MG ZS (+442.7%) edges up one spot on May to a record #11, the MG3 (+90.8%), Mazda CX-30 (+90.4%) and Kia Seltos (+81.9%) shine while the MG HS (+210.5%) and new GWM Ute break into the Australian Top 30 for the first time.

Previous month: Australia May 2021: Kia up to #3, Isuzu D-Max breaks records in market up 68.3%

One year ago: Australia June 2020: Tax incentives this loss to -6.4%, Mercedes, Lexus, Hilux, Ranger and U.S. pickups hit records

Full June 2021 Top 45 All-brands and Top 330 All-models below.

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