Hyundai has shoved Mazda off the 2014 new vehicle sales podium and Mercedes-Benz is on track to boot Honda out of the top 10 with just one month of the year to go.
Official VFACTS sales data to be released today shows the South Korean car maker beat its Japanese rival by almost 500 sales in November (8600 vs 8106 to take a 381-unit lead into December (92,354 vs 91,973).
The ix35 compact SUV (1697) outsold top 10 stalwarts the Volkswagen Golf (1629) and Mazda CX-5 (1617) to claim 10th position in November and join the fourth-placed i30 (2886). Hyundai’s small car claimed a scalp of its own, surging past the Holden Commodore in year-to-date sales to take fourth position overall (28,667 vs 28,194).
Hyundai’s sales are up 3.5 per cent so far this year, while Mazda has fallen 2.8 per cent in a market that’s down 2.2 per cent overall.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz is on the brink of becoming the first luxury brand to crack the top 10 for calendar year sales. Following another monster sales month in November where its dealers delivered 3369 new cars (including 817 new C-Classes), the German car maker now trails Honda by just 34 units heading into December (29,206 vs 29,240), and recent results suggest it will overtake the mainstream Japanese brand by year’s end.
Mitsubishi’s SUV sales soared to 3557 last month, up a mammoth 85 per cent compared with November 2013. The ASX (1763) was the top selling SUV in the country, and was well supported by the Outlander (1232). The Triton (2182) also edged out the Ford Ranger (2092) to become the second highest selling ute behind the Toyota HiLux (2920).
The race for number one tightened again last month, with the Mazda 3 outselling the Toyota Corolla (3499 vs 3264) to narrow its lead to 679 sales heading into December. The Corolla is looking to go back to back, while the 3 is hoping to reclaim the title it held in 2011 and 2012.
The Big T continues its dominance of the market as a whole, topping November with 15,995 sales to take its yearly tally to 184,486 and within easy reach of 200,000 sales by year’s end.
Though the market will finish down this year compared with last year, 92,232 November sales helped it break through the million barrier, tallying 1,016,421, and putting it on track to once again exceed 1.1 million vehicles sales for the calendar year.
November winners included Audi (1655, up 26.1 per cent), BMW (2001, up 16.3 per cent), Isuzu (1383, up 47.9 per cent), Jeep (2783, up 27.9 per cent), Land Rover (752, up 14.3 per cent), Mini (265, up 42.5 per cent), Peugeot (344, up 38.2 per cent), Porsche (300, up 76.5 per cent) and Renault (1060, up 21.1 per cent).
Notable losers included Kia (2216, down 11.4 per cent), Lexus (599, down 28.8 per cent), Suzuki (26.4 per cent) and Volvo (295, down 36.0 per cent).
The top-selling passenger cars by segment were the Mitsubishi Mirage (micro) with 352, Hyundai i20 (light) with 1448, Mazda 3 (small) with 3499, Audi A3 (premium small) with 467, Toyota Camry (medium) with 1981, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (premium medium) with 817, Holden Commodore (large) with 2200, Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($70K-plus large) with 145, Holden Caprice (upper large) with 85, Honda Odyssey (people-mover) with 212, and the Toyota 86 (sports) with 321.
Leading the SUV and light-commercial segments were the Mitsubishi ASX (small SUV) with 1763, Mercedes-Benz GLA (premium small SUV) with 219, Mazda CX-5 (medium SUV) with 1617, Audi Q5 (premium medium SUV) with 339, Jeep Grand Cherokee (large SUV) with 1244, BMW X5 (premium large SUV) with 367, and the Toyota HiLux (4×2 and 4×4 utility) with 884 and 2036 respectively.
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – November 2014
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2014 to date
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – November 2014
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2014 to date