The Toyota Corolla has taken a narrow lead over the Mazda 3 in the race for the 2013 sales crown after another strong month in May.
The Corolla turned a 242-unit deficit into a 369-unit lead last month on the back of 3640 sales, easily accounting for the compact Mazda’s 3054 total. Toyota has now sold 16,774 Corollas so far this year, up 10.2 per cent on the same time last year, while the soon-to-be-replaced Mazda 3 is down 8.3 per cent at 16,405.
While the Corolla wrestled the year-to-date top ranking, it was its stable mate, the Toyota HiLux, which pipped it for the number one position in May with 3665 sales.
Another workhorse, the Mitsubishi Triton, jumped to fourth with 2606 sales, rebounding from a disappointing April in which just 1493 found new homes.
A fierce battle for eighth position between two SUVs was eventually won by the Mazda CX-5, which held off the Hyundai ix35 by just three units (1773 vs 1770), while the Ford Ranger (1702) rounded out the top 10.
While 96,788 May sales put the total market up 0.7 per cent on the same month in 2012, four of the top five manufacturers for the month experienced a dip in sales. Toyota, Holden, Mazda and Ford all fell between 2.5 and 8.0 per cent, while fourth-placed Hyundai was the only winner with a 16.6 per cent gain, spearheaded by the i20 (up 165.4 per cent), i40 (up 140.3 per cent) and ix35 (up 92.2 per cent).
Prestige cars continue to perform strongly in the mid-sized segment, with the BMW 3 Series (538) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (523) filling the podium beneath the Camry. The Volkswagen Passat (495), Mazda 6 (492) and Volkswagen Jetta (366) were the next best sellers.
In the month when Ford Australia confirmed its October 2016 demise, the Falcon fittingly limped to its lowest monthly sales tally in history (707), missing April’s previous record by 10 cars. The Broadmeadows-built sedan held off the Toyota Aurion, which fell 36.5 per cent to 632 sales.
The Nissan Dualis (1176) and Subaru XV (851) finished behind the ix35 in the small SUV segment, while the Toyota RAV4 (1454), Subaru Forester (1305) and Honda CR-V (1146) filled positions three, four and five in the medium segment behind the CX-5 and Outlander.
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – May 2013
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2013 to date
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – May 2013 (growth over May 2012)
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2013 to date (growth over 2012 to date)