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As we now know, 2015 was a record-breaking year for the Australian new vehicle market, with VFACTS recording total registrations of 1,155,408 cars, SUVs and commercials.

As you can read in full detail here, Toyota finished well clear in first place, with about 18 per cent market share, ahead of Mazda — the first full importer to take silver. Holden, Hyundai and Mitsubishi made up the top five. The Toyota Corolla was the top selling car.

But here we have a full breakdown of each and every vehicle segment, tracking their respective volumes, growth and best performers.

In the very broadest sense, we saw the gap between SUVs and passenger cars narrow to the point where an intersection seems imminent. SUVs had a market share in 2015 of 35.4 per cent, up from 31.7 just one year earlier. At the same time, passenger cars fell 3.1 points to 44.6.

2015 Toyota Prado LT1-0

We also saw a disproportionately high growth among premium vehicles of most stripes, be they:

Light Cars above $25,000 (up 15.6 per cent), Small Cars over $40,000 (up 6.7 per cent), Medium Cars over $60,000 (up 18.8 per cent), Sports Cars over $200,000 (up 17.3 per cent), SUV Medium over $60,000 (up 35.9 per cent) and SUV Upper Large over $100,000 (up 26.8 per cent).

More broadly, of the 1.155 million vehicles sold in 2015, 515,683 were passenger cars (down 3 per cent), while 408,471 were SUVs (up 15.9 per cent). Light commercials accounted for 199,070 (up 0.6 per cent) and heavy commercials managed 32,184 (up 2.7 per cent).

The five most popular segments were: small cars (20.2 per cent market share), medium SUVs (12.5), large SUVs (12.1), 4×4 utes (11.6) and light cars (9.7, just 0.1 per share points ahead of a growing small SUV market).

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Segment-by-segment breakdown for all of 2015:

Full segments by market share:

  • Micro 0.9
  • Light 9.7
  • Small 20.2
  • Medium 6.8
  • Large 3.8
  • Upper large 0.3
  • People movers 1.0
  • Sports 2.0
  • SUV small 9.6
  • SUV medium 12.5
  • SUV large 12.1
  • SUV upper large 1.1
  • Light vans 0.3
  • Medium vans 1.5
  • 4×2 utes 3.5
  • 4×4 utes 11.6
  • Heavy commercial 2.8

Micro (10,717, down 32.3 per cent):

  1. Mitsubishi Mirage (3882)
  2. Fiat 500 (2158)
  3. Holden Barina Spark (1450)

Light under $25K (106,451 up 2.6 per cent):

  1. Mazda 2 (14,511)
  2. Toyota Yaris (14,457)
  3. Suzuki Swift (10,921)

Light over $25K (5503, up 15.6 per cent):

  1. Mini (2608)
  2. Audi A1 (1809)
  3. Peugeot 208 (736)

Small under $40K (215,361, down 8.7 per cent):

  1. Toyota Corolla (42,073)
  2. Mazda 3 (38,644)
  3. Hyundai i30 (32,306)

Small over $40K (17,761, up 6.7 per cent):

  1. Audi A3 (5443)
  2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class (3629)
  3. BMW 1 Series (2307)

Medium under $60K (52,123, up 9.7 per cent):

  1. Toyota Camry (27,654)
  2. Mazda 6 (5276)
  3. Subaru Liberty (4097)

Medium over $60K (26,000, up 18.8 per cent):

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class (9373)
  2. BMW 3 Series (4146)
  3. Mercedes-Benz CLA (3659)

Large under $70K 39,159, down 8.1 per cent):

  1. Holden Commodore (27,770)
  2. Ford Falcon (5938)
  3. Toyota Aurion (4306)

Large over $70K (4781, down 4.6 per cent):

  1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1428)
  2. BMW 5 Series (1038)
  3. Audi A6 (554)

Upper Large under $100K (2204, down 21.2 per cent):

  1. Holden Caprice (1324)
  2. Chrysler 300 (880)

Upper Large above $100K (772, down 10 per cent):

  1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class (331)
  2. BMW 7 Series (93)
  3. Audi A8 (72)

People-movers under $60K (11,454, up 19.5 per cent):

  1. Kia Carnival (3638)
  2. Honda Odyssey (2836)
  3. Hyundai iMax (1939)

People-movers over $60K (492, down 22.3 per cent):

  1. Mercedes-Benz Valente (240)
  2. Mercedes-Benz V-Class (201)
  3. Chrysler Voyager (45)

Sports under $80K (13,987, down 5.6 per cent):

  1. Toyota 86 (3006)
  2. Hyundai Veloster (2685)
  3. BMW 2 Series (1902)

Sports over $80K (7370, down 3.9 per cent):

  1. BMW 4 Series (1921)
  2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class (1409)
  3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (957)

Sports over $200K (1548, up 17.3 per cent):

  1. Porsche 911 (377)
  2. BMW 6 Series (205)
  3. Ferrari range (167)

SUV Small under $40K (99,968, up 23.8 per cent):

  1. Hyundai ix35 (15,227)
  2. Mitsubishi ASX (13,557)
  3. Mazda CX-3 (12,656)

SUV Small over $40K (11,307, up 70.6 per cent):

  1. Audi Q3 (3445)
  2. Mercedes-Benz GLA (3011)
  3. Lexus NX (2922)

SUV Medium under $60K (127,489, up 13.4 per cent):

  1. Mazda CX-5 (25,136)
  2. Toyota RAV4 (18,435)
  3. Nissan X-Trail (17,971)

SUV Medium over $60K (17,448, up 35.9 per cent):

  1. Audi Q5 (4122)
  2. BMW X3 (2806)
  3. Range Rover Evoque (2321)

SUV Large under $70K (117,844, up 9.4 per cent):

  1. Toyota Prado (15,255)
  2. Toyota Kluger (13,955)
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee (11,964)

SUV Large over $70K (21,890, up 8.7 per cent):

  1. BMW X5 (4181)
  2. Land Rover Discovery (2915)
  3. Range Rover Sport (2861)

SUV Upper Large under $100K (11,077, up 1.4 per cent):

  1. Toyota LandCruiser (9202)
  2. Nissan Patrol (1875)

SUV Upper Large over $100K (1448, up 26.8 per cent):

  1. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (756)
  2. Range Rover (396)
  3. Lexus LX (193)

Light Vans (3899, up 17.5 per cent):

  1. Volkswagen Caddy (1755)
  2. Renault Kangoo (1177)
  3. Suzuki APV (527)

Medium Vans (17,094, up 7.6 per cent):

  1. Toyota HiAce (7351)
  2. Hyundai iLoad (4597)
  3. Volkswagen Transporter (1346)

4×2 utes (40,657, down 2.8 per cent):

  1. Toyota HiLux (9222)
  2. Ford Ranger (5749)
  3. Holden Ute (4936)

4×4 utes (134,003, up 0.3 per cent):

  1. Toyota HiLux (25,939)
  2. Ford Ranger (23,436)
  3. Mitsubishi Triton (20,795)



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