Australia’s love affair with SUVs continues to bloom, with 4WDs and crossover vehicles accounting for almost one third of all new vehicle purchases in May.
The SUV class was the only one to grow last month, up 1.8 per cent in a market that was down 2.9 per cent overall to 94,562 sales, and also saw passenger cars (-3.7 per cent) and light-commercial vehicles (-8.0 per cent) lose ground compared with 2013.
Most of the growth came in the small SUV segment, which was up 14.4 per cent to 7444 units – the Hyundai ix35 (1405), Nissan Dualis (1187) and Subaru XV (942) leading the way.
The Mazda CX-5 (1715) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (1694) cracked the overall top 10 in May, while the Toyota Prado (1460) and RAV4 (1522), Nissan X-Trail (1448) and Hyundai ix35 (1405) joined them inside the top 20.
The Toyota Corolla (3871) topped the sales charts again last month. It outsold its archrival, the Mazda 3 (3291), by 580 units, and narrowed the year-to-date gap to under 1000 vehicles.
The Hyundai i30 (2553) held its usual place in the top five, while a strong month saw the Volkswagen Golf (2301) climb into seventh place overall.
Utes claimed three of the top eight spots, with the HiLux (3313) completing a Toyota quinella in second position, Ford Ranger (2317) in sixth and the Mitsubishi Triton (2254) eighth.
The Holden Commodore (2648) enjoyed another consistent month to claim fourth overall. Its year-to-date sales are up 61.8 per cent, or more than 5000 units compared with the same time in 2013.
The top five brands held their positions, with Toyota maintaining its commanding lead over Holden and Hyundai, with Mazda and Ford trailing behind.
A strong month from Nissan, in which it sold 2124 more cars than it did in April, saw it climb back into sixth position ahead of Mitsubishi and Volkswagen, while Subaru and Mercedes-Benz rounded out the top 10.
An uncharacteristically low month from the Mitsubishi Mirage (213) saw it slip to second behind the Fiat 500 (236) in the micro segment.
The Hyundai i20 (1406) dominated the light segment, beating the Suzuki Swift (1046) and Toyota Yaris (1043), and has now surged past the Mazda 2 (5903 vs 5600) to lead the segment for 2014.
The best selling small cars to miss the overall top 10 included the Holden Cruze (1346), Ford Focus (1127), Hyundai Elantra (832) and Honda Civic (713).
The Toyota Camry (1522) topped the medium segment ahead of the Mazda 6 (544), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (466) and BMW 3 Series (458).
The Ford Falcon came within a whisper of beating May 2013’s total, but fell one short at 706 sales.
Four medium SUVs cracked four figures, with the CX-5, RAV4, X-Trail and Subaru Forester (1174) selling in large numbers, and the Mitsubishi Outlander (991) falling just short.
The Grand Cherokee and Prado led a two-horse race in the large SUV segment, with the Ford Territory (877), Toyota Kluger (874) and Holden Captiva 7 (748) following a long way back.
The HiLux (886), Ranger (583) and Holden Ute (496) filled the 4×2 ute podium, with the HiLux (2427), Triton (1959) and Ranger (1734) claiming the top three places in among the 4×4 utes.
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – May 2014
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2014
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – May 2014
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2014