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by Tim Beissmann

The Toyota Corolla posted a huge sales total in June, claiming top spot yet again and narrowing the gap to the market-leading Mazda 3.

Preliminary data obtained by CarAdvice shows the Corolla racked up almost 4650 sales in June. The result is believed to be the best monthly total for any model since the Mazda 3’s 4649 total in December 2012.

The Mazda 3 is understood to have trailed its compact Japanese rival by roughly 600 units in June, posting a total around 4060. The results should see the Toyota sit fewer than 400 units shy of the Mazda on the overall 2014 tally at the halfway point of the year.

The preliminary data suggests the Mazda’s 4000-plus month wasn’t enough to claim a spot on the podium, however, with the Toyota HiLux and Mitsubishi Triton utes believed to have tallied approximately 4270 and 4120 sales respectively.

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The data shows a tight race for fifth position, with the Hyundai i30 narrowly edging the Ford Ranger, both selling slightly more than 3200 units.

As reported earlier today, the Holden Commodore is believed to have locked down seventh position with its best result of the year, totalling about 3156 sales.

The Toyota Camry, Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Golf look set to round out June’s top 10, all selling in excess of 2250 units.

Official VFACTS sales data to be released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries tomorrow is expected to reveal that June was the first month of positive growth for the year.

Preliminary data shows sales of just under 120,000 – potentially the biggest sales month in Australian history – representing growth of approximately 0.8 per cent over June 2013.




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