The Mazda3 has backed up its record-breaking September with another segment-leading sales performance in October, keeping it on track to retain its title of Australia most popular car in 2012.

The Mazda3 trailed its only real threat for the crown, the Toyota HiLux, by 61 sales last month, giving the Japanese small car a 1309-unit lead over the Thailand-sourced ute with just two months of the year to go.

The Toyota Corolla – in a transition phase between the run-out of the old model and the launch of the 11th-generation hatch – ranked second in the small-car segment and fourth overall across the industry, and looks set to have a big 2013 thanks, in part, to its new $19,990 starting price.

The Hyundai i30 (2898) ended the month close behind in third place in the segment, and is now within striking distance of the Holden Cruze’s third spot on the full-year sales race podium, with the locally made small car currently holding its position by a margin of just 930 cars.

The Volkswagen Golf had a big month in October to finish fourth ahead of the Cruze (2436 versus 2251), leapfrogging the Ford Focus in year-to-date sales to round out the top five.

The Focus was the only other major player last month with 1740 sales, finishing well clear of the Honda Civic (1246), Mitsubishi Lancer (1035), Kia Cerato (709) and the Hyundai Elantra (626).

The Subaru Impreza (592), Mercedes-Benz B-Class (299) and the Suzuki SX4 (206) were the next best outside the top 10.

The Cerato is closing in on the Impreza for the final place in the 2012 small car top 10, narrowing the gap to just 335 vehicles leading into the end of the year.

The small car segment has grown 1.9 per cent in 2012, up from 204,602 units to 208,402, although its share of the total market has fallen from 24.4 per cent to 22.7 per cent as all four SUV segments have grown.


Top 10 best-selling small cars – October 2012

  1. Mazda3 – 3342
  2. Toyota Corolla – 2977
  3. Hyundai i30 – 2898
  4. Volkswagen Golf – 2436
  5. Holden Cruze – 2251
  6. Ford Focus – 1740
  7. Honda Civic – 1246
  8. Mitsubishi Lancer – 1035
  9. Kia Cerato – 709
  10. Hyundai Elantra – 626


Top 20 best-selling small cars – 2012 to date

  1. Mazda3 – 35,776
  2. Toyota Corolla – 31,066
  3. Holden Cruze – 25,142
  4. Hyundai i30 – 24,212
  5. Volkswagen Golf – 15,127
  6. Ford Focus – 14,751
  7. Mitsubishi Lancer – 12,985
  8. Honda Civic – 8418
  9. Hyundai Elantra – 7366
  10. Subaru Impreza – 7296


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Car sales October 2012: winners and losers

Car sales October 2012: SUV

  • F1orce

    I’ve yet to see the new Corolla on the roads.. 

    • MisterZed

      So what? It’s been on sale for about a week and you’re surprised you haven’t seen one yet? I saw a truck full of them the other day.

    • Patto

      The result includes new and old model corolla. 

    • Luke Brinsmead

      I did this morning and it was a boring maroon colour, but any car that is maroon looks quite bad in my opinion.

  • MisterZed

    ROFL at new Impreza sales. Impreza used to sell 1000 a month a few years ago – now it’s down to nearly half that.

    • Darryl

      Really need to add the sales of the XV to it.

    • Amlohac

      Its become boring. Subaru as a brand has gotten a bit bland. I used to froth over Subarus, not not so much.

  • KiaK9

    wow…the holden cruze is doing well…if only people new…they’d get the real korean car…i30

    • Guest

      Well, Cruze is built in here, mate(shhhh…don’t tell them it was designed in Korea by GM Korea aka Daewoo).

      • Luke Brinsmead

        …and most of the components made in Korea.

    • Zaccy16

      totally agree, the i30 is a much, much better car than the crude!

      • Tom

        I’m sorry to be personal here, but do you have a life, like a job? Because you always seem to be on here criticising the Cruze.

        • Amlohac

          Its not a very good car. Feels obese to drive.

          • Aussie and proud

            that is your opinion obviously 25,000 people this year disagree. I know people who actually own a Cruze and are very happy with it. Have you every spent a week driving one? or even driven one at all…….. no I didn’t think so…….get a life jerk

          • amlohac

            Why is it that whenever someone coments with their own view, having driven one (yes it may come as a shock but I wont coment unless my view is based on experiences) they asume the person has not driven one.

            No I havent lived with one, I’d think it would take up too much room in my house and its ability to share the rent might hurt its chances of being a decent house mate.

            Yes it is my opinion, one that has been gathered from experiences I have had with the car and view points that have been conveyed to me by various people who actually own one, a few like the car but from what I have heard not one of them is over joyed with owning the car.

            Instead of lowering yourself to personal attacks how about you contribute in a meaningful way?

          • Dave W

            I know people who own Corolla and Camry that are very happy with them, so what’s your point?

          • Dave S

             I have driven one, they are a good little car. Not too cramped and well feartured. A good value small car and the best bit was – it was made in Australia.

            Regardless of what other models are out there. This is the only small car made in Australia and it is a good little car.

          • amlohac

            Assembled in Australia

        • filippo

          Cruze buyers deserved to be mocked. Almost all journalists across the board agree that it is thirsty, unrefined and cheaply finished. You might say “I’ve driven one and it’s not bad”, but then one could also say the same for the Proton S16. If your current car is a 1986 Camira, then of course anything new will feel good to drive.
          People also blindly buy the Corolla, but at least you can forgive them for choosing a safe brand which is likely to be as high on reliability as it is low on excitement.

          • Tom

            No, I’ve never driven one, but regardless of its ability which I don’t doubt is woeful, anyone who supports local manufacturing deserves praise.

  • Martin

    If only Hyundai had named its sedan and hatch the same name then it would be the clear winner with over 3,500 cars combined.

    • MisterZed

      That’s what they’ve done in the US – over there the i30 is called the Elantra GT so it’s counted along with Elantra in their sales figures.

  • Zaccy16

    Another great month for the Mazda 3! its first and deservedly so! great fun to drive but great quality and reliability  perfect small car package, (except for the more expensive golf) drove a skyactiv luxury the other day and it had plenty of grunt and the new gearbox is fantastic, nearly up to dsg standards of shift quality but smoother from standstill

    • Luke Brinsmead

      All the Mazda3 variants, except Skyactiv and diesel, are not fuel efficient, all have limited rear passenger space and an instrument facia that has a few ergonomic flaws. These aren’t my words, but the words from autocar journalists. Without the fancy dress and above average handling, it would probably be doing as we’ll as the Lancer righ now.

  • twincharger

    The four top selling small cars are miles ahead of the rest in sales volume.Allmost 10,000 between i30 4th and golf 5th.

  • Neil_Way

    Appalling results for the Impreza. Even if you include XV sales, they’re well and truly behind the ageing ASX/Lancer combo. 

    Cruze sales have stalled dramatically with the introduction of stronger competition. Considering the current model has years left to run, it’ll be interesting to see how Holden maintain sales.

    • Phil

      What do you expect? The Impreza is ugly and expensive. At least the Lancer can sell on price.

  • Car Fanatic

    Looks like Holden are losing the plot.
    Anyone know how many of the Opels sold were Astras?

    Good to see Golf topple Cruze.

    • Crummydore

      Why is that good exactly?

    • Dave S

      Why is it good to see the VW outsell the Cruze? Cruze comes in 2 body shapes, Golf comes in 1. Cruze sales help our jobs and ecomony. A Golf sale sends money to the struggling European economy.

      • Golfmother

        Rofl flat pack crudes feeding the daewoo factory profits

        Crude looking out of date against the rest.

      • Golf

        Don’t forget they sell Golf station wagon here….

    • Bent6brigade

      Go and live in spazmatic

    • Captain Nemo®™

      One swallow don’t make a summer Car Flog.  Once the free on roads finish Rolf will be down the list. Just like the rest of the junk VeeDud cobble together.

      • Golfmother

        Able seaman nemo finally jumps out of the closet .

        Golf will be on sale till the amazing mk7 arrives , read car magazine , its a winner .

        Crummerdore update wont save it ,dino in its last years .

        • twincharger

          Mk 7 rolf will be a sales disaster.Just like the polio the reliability problems will scare buyers away.The kaboom clunk-o-rama duel clutch tranny that doesnt drive in Australian cities.The fuel sensaitive engines.
          Rolf dream run is over with the Skoda designed mk7.One word for you brother,,,,Opel Astra.Hyundai i30,new Corolla,Pulsar,Honda Civic,Cruze Hatch,Focus.Forgot one Mazda 3..Some good French contenders also.

          • Golfmother

            You on the bleach again barry , mk 7 will sell like all golfs by the millions , what is it 20mill plus since 1976 .

            Hope you took extra warranty on your dino SV6 crummerdore pile of yesterdays bile .

            Only decent cars on thet list are golf , focus , megane the rest are junk especially the aging crude by Daewoo corporation .

          • twincharger

            Rubbish,, Daewoo are up there with Hyundai+Kia

          • Golfmother

            Barry, oh you admit its a daewoo , able semen nemo wont be impressed he thinks its a chevy , hahahah .

            The crude was old when it was released , now ancient , cant cut it with the mk6 let alone the magical mk7 , and its not due for an up grade for 2 years , golf seems to be ahead in the sales .

          • Karl Sass

            Captain bias, your beloved Golf is the real dino, can’t even run on 91 let alone alternative fuels. Still guzzling the fossil fuels when the locals have moved on to alternatives. Although everyone except the VW fanboys know its just a German Corolla FWD econobox, just not as reliable as the real Corolla though. Sure, its nicely refined but its no premium symbol of human ingenuity.

          • Golfmother

            Karl carbon , and i get 7.2l/100 against the gas guzzling overweight crummercoons .

            Time is up for the old dino’s , no one wants them not even fleeters .

            Dominic its 3 , and the mk4 is still being driven by a family member .

          • Dom

            4 VWs in 10years isn’t Legnab? Don’t feel safe owning one outside the warranty period huh?

    • Zaccy16

      Totally agree! People have finally realised that the cruze is not a good car even that it has a Holden badge

  • Noely

    Will the new Pulsar sedan and hatch join the game next year? Interesting to see. Maybe around fifth I guess.

    • TG

      Bring it on! Small car war is going to erupt next year…

    • Crummydore

      The shots of the Pulsar that I have seen so far paint an ‘ok’ picture of the car.

      Going by what Nissan has brought out of late it could have been a heck of a lot worse!!

  • amlohac

    The Lancer needs a serious update sometime soon. When is that going to happen?

  • Crummydore

    I am constantly surprised that the Focus doesn’t sell more.
    Price wise its competitive, and the car itself can’t be faulted – gotta be marketing.

    They have changed their advertising of late, perhaps Farnsey singing in the ads might help!

    • Golfmother

      Barnsey should rev em up , or a duet.

      • Crummydore

        Now your talking!

    • amlohac

      General buyer behaviours have changed, you’ll notice small to medium cars now take the top few spots on the list. Perhaps thats all thats wrong with the Ford and Holden large cars, they are just, to large?

  • Crummydore

    With large cars, Holden and Ford are simply up against the perfect storm of a high Aussie dollar, that allows imports to come in cheap, and the incredibly massive list of choices we now have.

    If you have $35 – 40,000 to spend you will get lost in a sea of cars ranging from Commodores to medium sized SUV’s and the rest – let alone the fact fleet sales have veered away from the Falcadore norm as employees can choose their rides these days.

    And that’s a very simple take on it!

  • 56th

    Your beloved Mazda3 was outsold by two Toyotas.

    Thats the real story.

  • Golfmother

    Big news , suzuki pulling out of the US car market , what happened to swift sales here ?

  • MangeRover

    20 years ago the Falcon EB 2 weighted 1440 Kg and the Holden statesman V6 weighted 1560 Kg. The 2012 Cruze diesel, nowadays considered a small car weights 1522 Kg. The other small cars are not far behind. I guess today’s small cars are heavier that yesteryears large car dinosaurs. 

    • Golfmother

      Its the dual mass fly wheel , just too heavy .

      • MangeRover

        I hope yours does not start juddering just when the timing belt needs to be replaced.

        • Golfmother

          Chain .

    • Karl Sass

      Its all due to crash safety, torsional stiffness and more equipment. Diesel engines are also heavier because they need stronger blocks and internals to cope with the higher compression ratio.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Double the sales of a soon-to-be replaced Golf compared to a new Civic, ouch.