The annual June rush is over, new vehicle sales for the month were the highest on record and perhaps, just as interestingly, the top-selling new car was one very few of us would have expected…
According to June 2015 VFACTS industry statistics, 125,850 new cars, SUVs and commercials were registered. That’s a 6.4 per cent increase increase on June 2014, and tops the previous high-water mark of 118,758 in June 2013.
June is traditionally the busiest month on the sales calendar as buyers rush to make the most of end of financial year deals.
The result also consolidates the growth we have seen across 2015, with sales at the half-way point of the year up 3.3 per cent to 578,427 units. This is ahead of where we were in the record-breaking year of 2013, where the end-of-June figure was 573,711.
At this rate, 2015 will be the top-selling full year to date, ahead of 2013’s annual figure of 1,136,227. Exchange rates may not be what they were, and the economy isn’t quite humming in many areas (looking at you, WA), but strong campaign deals and good finance rates are helping.
“According to CommSec, car affordability in Australia is the best it has ever been. Coupled with offers such as capped-price servicing and low interest rate finance, now is a great time for Australians to buy a new car,” said Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive Tony Weber.
The strong market growth both in June and for the year is being driven largely by SUVs, which accounted for 42,256 sales (up 14.7 per cent) for the month, or 33.6 per cent of total vehicles sold.
Passenger vehicles also grew, by 4.7 per cent, to 56,386 units, though their share of the overall market dropped from 45.5 per cent to 44.8 per cent. Light commercials contracted 3.1 per cent to 23,758.
Top-selling vehicle for June 2015, remarkably, was the Hyundai i30 hatch and wagon, which managed a truly massive 5521 sales on the back of strong deals in Hyundai’s network. This is the biggest result we have seen on any vehicle, in any month, for quite some time.
The company was selling the i30 for $19,990 drive-away with a free auto over the course of June, which is a huge saving. Hyundai hasn’t had a monthly top-seller since 1998 with the Excel.
Following on from the i30 was the Toyota HiLux, still strong as it nears runout, with 4281 units (5 units more than 2014). Next was the annual top-seller, the Toyota Corolla (4152, down 10.7 per cent), ahead of fellow small-car, the Mazda 3 (4127, up 1.7 per cent). Three of the top four sellers were in the Small Car segment.
Rounding out the top ten were the Holden Commodore (2772, down 12.2 per cent) Volkswagen Golf (2708, up 18.6 per cent just before the company announced a significant range update), Toyota Camry (2602, up 9.4 per cent) and Mazda CX-5 (2512, up 13.6 per cent).
The top-selling brand as always was Toyota (21,501, up 3.3 per cent), followed by Holden (11,928, down 3.3 per cent), Mazda (11,526, up 23.0 per cent), Hyundai (11,007, up 10.0 per cent), Mitsubishi (9011, up 8.8 per cent), Ford (7251, down 16.8 per cent), Volkswagen (7103, up 7.7 per cent), Nissan (6636, down 17.0 per cent), Honda (5311 (up 70.5 per cent) and Subaru (4502, up 16.9 per cent).
Of those brands outside the top ten, those volume brands that experienced strong growth included (alphabetically): Fiat Professional (151, up 18.0 per cent), Infiniti (50, up 16.3 per cent), Isuzu Ute (2675, up 26.4 per cent), Kia (3666 (up 10.9 per cent), Lexus (1186, up 60.3 per cent), Mini (332, up 40.7 per cent), Porsche (382, up 70.5 per cent), Renault (1410, up 36.4 per cent) and Volvo Car in a welcome turnaround after a bad year (713, up 13.2 per cent).
As we’ve come to expect, the ‘Big Three’ German luxury brands Audi (2215, up 22.4 per cent), BMW (2814, up 27.7 per cent) and Mercedes-Benz (3661, up 20.4 per cent) all experienced big growth, just as they did last year, and the year before that.
Those few that bucked the trend and contracted, beyond Holden, Ford and Nissan, were Alfa Romeo (157, down 45.5 per cent), Chrysler (183, down 41.3 per cent), Citroen (108, down 28.0 per cent), Jaguar (74, down 43.1 per cent), Jeep (2657, down 14.6 per cent) and Suzuki (1878, down 7.7 per cent).
The record monthly total was not mirrored by every state, with Western Australia (down 7.5 per cent), the Northern Territory (down 5.5 per cent) and South Australia (down 3.3 per cent) struggling. New South Wales (up 12.1 per cent) and Queensland (up 10.7 per cent) grew double digits.
As always, the biggest source of new vehicles was Japan (34,394), followed by Thailand (29,837) and Korea (16,954). There were 9668 Australian-made cars sold, ahead of Germany (9211) and the US (6925).
Micro (total 1313, up 8.7 per cent), led by Mitsubishi Mirage on 562, Fiat 500/Abarth on 283 and Nissan Micra on 171.
Light under $25K (total 11,357, up 9.1 per cent), led by Mazda 2 on 1647, Toyota Yaris on 1510 and Honda Jazz on 1439.
Light over $25K (total 548, up 28.3 per cent), led by Mini Hatch/Clubman on 246, Audi A1 on 143 and Peugeot 208 on 115.
Small under $40K (total 25,680, up 4.7 per cent), led by Hyundai i30 on 5521, Toyota Corolla on 4152 and Mazda 3 on 4127. Locally-made Holden Cruze managed 1725.
Small over $40K (total 1863, up 13.8 per cent), led by Audi A3 sedan and hatch on 586, Mercedes-Benz A-Class on 327 and the B-Class on 238 (BMW 1 Series 217).
Medium under $60K (total 5059, down 1.6 per cent), led by Toyota Camry on 2602, the Mazda 6 on 537 and Subaru Liberty on 438.
Medium over $60K (total 2649, up 31.8 per cent), led by Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan and wagon on 890, the Mercedes-Benz CLA on 443 and the BMW 3 Series on 367.
Large under $70K (total 4022, down 12.1 per cent), led by Holden Commodore on 2772, Toyota Aurion on 563 and Ford Falcon on 531.
Large over $70K (total 561, up 17.6 per cent), led by Mercedes-Benz E-Class on 185 units, BMW 5 Series on 90 units and Audi A6 on 83.
Upper Large under $100K (total 270, down 31.3 per cent), led by Chrysler 300 on 181, and Holden Caprice on 89.
Upper Large above $100K (total 54, down 19.4 per cent), led by Mercedes-Benz S-Class on 19 and then daylight to Audi A8 on 8.
People-movers under $60K (total 1167, up 39.8 per cent), led by Honda Odyssey on 380, Kia Carnival on 378 and Hyundai iMax on 110.
Sports under $80K (971, down 9.6 per cent), led by Toyota 86 on 276, BMW 2 Series on 167 and Hyundai Veloster on 87.
Sports over $80K (725, down 12.5 per cent), led by BMW 4 Series on 171, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe on 122 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class on 115.
Sports over $200K (145, up 2.8 per cent), led by Porsche 911 on 33, Ferrari’s range on 17 and the BMW 6 Series on 14.
SUV Small under $40K (total 10,226, up 15.2 per cent) led by Hyundai ix35 on 1723, Mitsubishi ASX on 1358 and the Honda HR-V on 1300 (Mazda CX-3 was 955).
SUV Small over $40K (total 1173, up 81.0 per cent) led by Lexus NX on 378, Audi Q3 on 327 and Mercedes-Benz GLA on 274.
SUV Medium under $60K (total 12,983, up 12.7 per cent) led by Mazda CX-5 on 2512, Nissan X-Trail on 1795 and the Toyota RAV4 on 1749.
SUV Medium over $60K (total 1914, up 64.7 per cent) led by BMW X3 on 540, Audi Q5 on 407 and Volvo XC60 on 295.
SUV Large under $70K (total 12,345, up 7.9 per cent) led by Toyota Prado on 1723 and Kluger on 1556, and the Subaru Outback on 1257.
SUV Large over $70K (total 2460, up 18.3 per cent) led by BMW X5 on 651, Mercedes-Benz M-Class on 351 and Volkswagen Touareg on 312.
SUV Upper Large under $100K (total 1010, down 0.5 per cent) with Toyota LandCruiser on 888 and Nissan Patrol on 122.
SUV Upper Large over $100K (total 145, up 27.2 per cent) led by Mercedes-Benz GL-Class on 87, Range Rover on 39 and Lexus LX on 16.
Light Vans (total 636, up 39.2 per cent) led by Volkswagen Caddy on 313, Renault Kangoo on 190 and Suzuki APV on 84.
Medium Vans (1757, up 6.4 per cent) led by Toyota HiAce on 689, Hyundai iLoad on 479 and Ford Transit Custom on 157.
4×2 utes (4971, up 9.9 per cent) led by Toyota HiLux on 1419, Ford Ranger on 725 and Mazda BT-50 on 566.
4×4 utes (16,058, down 8.8 per cent) led by Mitsubishi Triton on 2982, Toyota HiLux on 2862 and Ford Ranger on 2647.