The HiLux topped the national sales charts for the fourth consecutive month in July, beating the second-placed Mazda3 by 808 units (4163 versus 3355).
The HiLux now trails the compact Mazda by just 202 sales, and at this rate, with five months of the year to go, looks certain to overtake it before the end of 2012.
While the battle at the top intensifies, the Falcon continues to lose ground on the market leaders. The large family car endured its second worst sales month in history in July, plummeting to just 941 units. The result was only 10 sales clear of the 52-year-old nameplate’s worst ever result, which came in January this year.
There was no such pain for the Falcon’s traditional rival, the Holden Commodore, however, which enjoyed one of its strongest months for the year and outsold its production-line partner, the Cruze small car, by 524 units (2399 versus 1875).
The Toyota Corolla strengthened its ranking as the third most popular car in the country with another 2985 sales last month, while its stable mates, the Camry (1775) and the Yaris (1518), joined it in the top 10 in July.
Toyota dominated monthly sales last month, with 17,780 vehicles delivered across the country. After slipping behind Hyundai in June, Mazda (7951) slotted back into third place overall behind Holden (8936), while Hyundai (7607) and Ford (6903) rounded out the top five. Nissan (6155) continues to make ground on the leaders, while Volkswagen (3964) jumped ahead of Mitsubishi (3428) into seventh.
The Yaris won a tight battle over the Hyundai i20 (1382) and the Mazda2 (1272) in the city-car class, while the Holden Barina (973), Ford Fiesta (944) and the Suzuki Swift (917) also enjoyed a strong month.
The Ford Focus (1092) was the next best small car after those in the top 10, followed by the Mitsubishi Lancer (999) and the Honda Civic (917).
A quiet month in the medium-car segment saw the BMW 3 Series (582) slot into second behind the Camry, with some other unlikely European suspects completing the top five: Volkswagen Passat (581), Ford Mondeo (470) and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (464).
The Toyota Aurion (536) was the only significant player besides Commodore and Falcon in the large-car class. The low-volume Peugeot 508 and the Skoda Superb are the only large cars not to lose ground so far this year in a segment that continues to decline.
The Nissan Dualis (1183) led the way in the small SUV segment ahead of the Hyundai ix35 (942) and the Subaru XV (768).
The Mazda CX-5 (1483) was once again the best-selling SUV in the country, and topped the Nissan X-Trail (1074) and the Toyota RAV4 (1061) in the medium SUV class.
Toyota controlled the large SUV segment, with the Prado (1415) and the Kluger (1114) holding off the Australian-made Ford Territory (1084).
The HiLux (1119) outpaced the Holden Commodore ute (622) and the Ranger (438) in the 4×2 pick-up/cab-chassis segment, and also dominated the 4×4 class, with 3044 sales easily accounting for the Navara (1979), Ranger (1250) and the Holden Colorado (1159).
Sales across the industry totalled 86,641 in July – up 7.0 per cent compared with the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales stand at 634,495, which is 9.9 per cent up on last year and keeps the Australian automotive industry on track to break the all-time record for full-year sales.
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – July 2012
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2012 to date
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