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by Tim Beissmann

The Toyota Corolla is now the top-selling car of 2014 after taking a narrow lead over the Mazda 3.

July was the Corolla’s fifth consecutive month at the top of the monthly charts. It outsold the Mazda 3 comfortably (3800 versus 3421), and turned a 358-unit deficit at the halfway point of the year into a 21-car lead with five months of 2014 remaining (25,966 versus 25,945).

Toyota Corolla sales were down 3.7 per cent last month but remain 4.2 per cent up for the year, while sales of the compact Mazda were also 1.2 per cent down last month but remain 10.2 per cent up for 2014.

The Toyota HiLux (3140), Holden Commodore (2469) and Hyundai i30 (2434) rounded out a familiar top five. The HiLux 4×4 and i30 showed good growth (up 12.3 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively), while Commodore sales were 12.7 per cent off the pace of July 2013, though remain 43.4 per cent ahead for the year.

The Ford Ranger continued its strong year. The Blue Oval delivered another 2023 of the locally developed utes in July, with the 4×2 variant performing particularly well, up 47.1 per cent.

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The Mazda CX-5 (1895) remains Australia’s favourite SUV, locking down seventh position for the month as sales climbed 15.7 per cent.

Toyota and Holden each had three models in July’s top 10, with the Camry (1805) claiming eighth spot and the Cruze (1747) and Colorado (1443) rounding out the top 10.

Australia’s new vehicle market continued its downward slide in July. Sales were down 0.4 per cent to 89,867 for the month, while year-to-date sales remain 2.1 per cent of 2013’s pace at 649,818.

SUVs defied the trend, finishing 12.7 per cent up at the end of last month and 4.1 per cent ahead for the year. Small SUVs in particular proved especially popular, with sales increasing 34.8 per cent in July. The Hyundai ix35 (1380) leads the way ahead of the Mitsubishi ASX (1197), Subaru XV (885) and the new Nissan Qashqai (604).

The large Jeep Grand Cherokee (1409) finished 11th overall in July, while other strong-selling SUVs included the mid-sized Toyota RAV4 (1327) and Subaru Forester (1204) and the bigger Toyota Kluger (1173).

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Other top sellers by segment were: Mitsubishi Mirage (micro) with 554, Toyota Yaris (light) with 1044, Mercedes-Benz B-Class (premium small) with 490, BMW 3 Series (premium mid-size) with 357, Mercedes-Benz E-Class (premium large) with 123, Hyundai iMax (people-mover) with 274, and the Toyota 86 (sports) with 493.

The Hyundai iLoad pipped the Toyota HiAce in the van class (512 versus 505), while the HiLux won both the 4×2 and 4×4 ute segments.

As usual, Toyota led the market, though fell 5.4 per cent to 16,486 sales. Holden sales fell 11.3 per cent to 8990, though it hung onto second position ahead of Hyundai (8351, up 4.3 per cent), Mazda (8048, down 5.6 per cent) and Ford (6210, down 7.8 per cent).

Nissan turned around its negative year, with sales up 7.4 per cent for the month to 5451, while Mitsubishi dropped 10.8 per cent to 5042. Volkswagen rose 7.7 per cent to 3991, Subaru was largely stable at 3121, and Honda completed the top 10 down 1.4 per cent at 2708. Snapping at its heels were Mercedes-Benz (2521, up 29.1 per cent), Kia (2416, up 0.2 per cent), and Jeep (2391, up 35.5 per cent).

Big winners for the month were Audi (1534, up 15.8 per cent), BMW (1922, up 12.2 per cent), Fiat (460, up 33.3 per cent), Isuzu (1362, up 59.3 per cent), Porsche (279, up 68.1 per cent) and Renault (834, up 37.4 per cent).

Notable losers included Citroen (81, down 37.7 per cent), Great Wall (189, down 50.4 per cent) and Lexus (425, down 24.6 per cent).

 

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – July 2014
Toyota Corolla – 3800
Mazda 3 – 3421
Toyota HiLux – 3140
Holden Commodore – 2469
Hyundai i30 – 2434
Ford Ranger – 2023
Mazda CX-5 – 1895
Toyota Camry – 1805
Holden Cruze – 1747
Holden Colorado – 1443

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2014 to date
Toyota Corolla – 25,966
Mazda 3 – 25,945
Toyota HiLux – 22,300
Holden Commodore – 18,824
Hyundai i30 – 18,126
Ford Ranger – 15,466
Mitsubishi Triton – 13,039
Mazda CX-5 – 12,901
Volkswagen Golf (including Cabriolet) – 12,094
Toyota Camry – 11,923

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – July 2014
Toyota – 16,486
Holden – 8990
Hyundai – 8351
Mazda – 8048
Ford – 6210
Nissan – 5451
Mitsubishi – 5042
Volkswagen – 3991
Subaru – 3121
Honda – 2708

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2014 to date
Toyota – 117,591
Holden – 65,763
Mazda – 59,958
Hyundai – 57,948
Ford – 48,452
Nissan – 38,606
Mitsubishi – 37,718
Volkswagen – 32,562
Subaru – 23,161
Honda – 18,151




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