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Australian new vehicle sales went slightly backwards in July, but not enough to stop 2016 from remaining on track for an all-time annual record.

According to VFACTS industry figures released this morning, 91,331 new vehicles were sold last month, which is down 1.1 per cent over July last year. Annual sales sit at 689,471, up 2.8 per cent over last year’s record.

Reflecting the annual trend, it’s business fleets that are driving the market. They grew 12 per cent to 38,222 last month, compared to private sales that fell 13 per cent to 41,594. Rental sales climbed 35 per cent to 5797, while government sales fell 7 per cent to 3111.

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Top brands July 2016

The top-selling brand as always was Toyota with 17,465 units (up 3.7 per cent), ahead of regular podium occupants Mazda (8460, down 9.6 per cent) and Hyundai (7603, down 10.7 per cent).

Next were Holden (7071, down 10.4 per cent), Ford (continuing its strong form by growing 20 per cent to 6894), Mitsubishi (5412, up 4.3 per cent), Nissan (5304, up 7.4 per cent), Volkswagen (4193, down 14.6 per cent as Tiguan stocks deplete in the lead-up to the new model), Kia (3555, up an impressive 30.5 per cent) and Subaru (3356, even).

Knocking on the door were Honda (3198, up 5.0 per cent), Mercedes-Benz (3180, up 4.2 per cent), BMW (2049, about even), Audi (1936, up 10 per cent), Isuzu Ute (1849, up 20 per cent), Suzuki (1417, up 2.4 per cent) and Land Rover/Range Rover (1203, up 13 per cent).

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Brands beyond this list that registered strong growth included Foton (101, up 20 per cent), Jaguar (259, up a massive 250 per cent), LDV (125, up 56 per cent), Mini (293, up 8.5 per cent) and Volvo Car (529, up 22.5 per cent).

Boutique brands that grew included Bentley (14, up 75 per cent), Ferrari (17, up 42 per cent) and McLaren (18, up 260 per cent, an impressive result).

At the other end of the spectrum were Alfa Romeo (47, down 70 per cent), Chrysler (39, down 47 per cent), Fiat (135, down 53 per cent), Jeep (765, down 56.5 per cent), Peugeot (277, down 11 per cent as registered stocks clear), Porsche (319, down 18 per cent), Renault (746, down 32 per cent as it awaits new Megane and Koleos), Skoda (368, down 13 per cent) and SsangYong (26, down 67 per cent).

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Top models July 2016

The top-selling model was the old staple, the Toyota Corolla, with 3427 units. This was ahead of stablemate the Toyota HiLux with 3136, and the Ford Ranger on 2874. Two of the top-three vehicles were utes.

Next were the Hyundai i30 on 2216 as registered stocks cleared (the Korean contender remains the YTD champion with 25,073), Australian-made Toyota Camry (2172), Mazda CX-5 (1933) and Holden Commodore (1874, or 2280 with Caprice and Ute included).

Rounding out the top ten were the Mazda CX-3 on 1744 (up 36 per cent), the Toyota RAV4 (1825) and the Hyundai Accent (1726, up 145 per cent on the back of continued strong discounts).

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The top-sellers by segment were the Mitsubishi Mirage (micro), Hyundai Accent (light), Toyota Corolla (small), Toyota Camry (medium), Holden Commodore (large), Holden Caprice (upper large), Kia Carnival (people mover) and Ford Mustang (sports).

Then there was the Mazda CX-3 (small SUV), Mazda CX-5 (medium SUV), Toyota Prado (large SUV), Toyota LandCruiser (upper large SUV), Volkswagen Caddy (small van) Toyota HiAce (medium van), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (big van), Toyota HiLux (4×2 ute) and Ford Ranger (4×4 ute).

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Miscellaneous

The top-selling state was NSW (30,219, about even), ahead of Victoria (25,517, down 1.5 per cent), Queensland (18,445, down 1.4 per cent), Western Australia (8234, down 1.3 per cent), South Australia (5210, down 0.9 per cent), ACT (1486, down 0.7 per cent), Tasmania (1389, down 3.9 per cent) and NT (831, down 0.6 per cent).

Reflecting familiar trends, SUVs (37 per cent market share) and light commercial vehicles (18.5 per cent market share) grew against the grain, eating into passenger cars, which managed only 41.6 per cent share — a full 3.3 share points less than last July.

The biggest growth segments in the year’s seventh month were upper large SUVs (up almost 40 per cent), sports cars (up 30 per cent), micro cars (up 13 per cent) and 4×4 utes (up 11 per cent).

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Taking hits were light buses (down 38 per cent), light cars (down 18 per cent), upper large cars (down 15 per cent), people movers (down 12 per cent), large cars (down 11 per cent) and remarkably, small SUVs (down more than 11 per cent).

Hybrid car sales fell in July in most areas (private passenger sales down 11 per cent to 259, fleet passenger sales down 8.5 per cent to 600, private SUV sales down 43 per cent to 67). Diesel passenger cars also continued to plummet.

Our leading import source surprisingly was Thailand (23,803, up 26 per cent as utes boom), Japan (23,359, down 11 per cent), Korea (12,782, up 16 per cent), Germany (6598, down 10 per cent), USA (4139, down 9 per cent) and England (3019, up 7.5 per cent). Australians bought 6945 locally-made cars, down 11 per cent.

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The top passenger car brands were Toyota (7232), Hyundai (5059), Holden (3597), Mazda (3227) and Volkswagen (2796). The top SUV brands are Toyota (5869), Mazda (4116), Mitsubishi (2885), Nissan (2767) and Hyundai (2079).

Rugged 4×4 sub-segment: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (648), Toyota Fortuner (525), Isuzu MU-X (513), Ford Everest (291).

Top ten brands July 2016
Toyota — 17,465 (up 3.7 per cent)
Mazda — 8460 (down 9.6 per cent)
Hyundai — 7603 (down 10.7 per cent)
Holden — 7071 (down 10.4 per cent)
Ford — 6894 (up 20 per cent)
Mitsubishi — 5412 (up 4.3 per cent)
Nissan — 5304 (up 7.4 per cent)
Volkswagen — 4193 (down 14.6 per cent)
Kia — 3555 (up 30.5 per cent)
Subaru — 3356 (even)

Top ten models July 2016
Toyota Corolla — 3427
Toyota HiLux — 3136
Ford Ranger — 2874
Hyundai i30 — 2216
Toyota Camry — 2172
Mazda CX-5 — 1933
Holden Commodore — 1874
Toyota RAV4 — 1825
Mazda CX-3 — 1744
Hyundai Accent — 1726

Micro (1166, up 13.3 per cent):
Mitsubishi Mirage (514)
Nissan Micra (271)
Kia Picanto (154)

Light under $25k (7215, down 19 per cent):
Hyundai Accent (1726)
Mazda 2 (1209)
Toyota Yaris (951)

Light over $25k (407, down 4.6 per cent):
Mini hatch (187)
Audi A1 (131)
Peugeot 208 (55)

Small under $40k (15,452, down 7.3 per cent):
Toyota Corolla (3427)
Hyundai i30 (2216)
Volkswagen Golf (1566)
(Note: Mazda 3 stocks depleted, 1501 sales)

Small over $40k (1335, down 4.4 per cent):
Audi A3 (449)
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (349)
BMW 1 Series (149)

Medium under $60k (4288, up 2.2 per cent):
Toyota Camry (2172)
Mazda 6 (405)
Volkswagen Passat (300)

Medium over $60k (1739, down 26.4 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (536)
Mercedes-Benz CLA (344)
Audi A4 (238)

Large under $70k (2705, down 11.5 per cent):
Holden Commodore (1874)
Toyota Aurion (365)
Ford Falcon (346)

Large over $70k (382, down 9.7 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (177)
BMW 5 Series (57)
Jaguar XF (49)

Upper Large under $100k (97, down 19.8 per cent):
Holden Caprice (58)
Chrysler 300 (39)

Upper Large above $100k (67, down 5.6 per cent):
BMW 7 Series (24)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (21)
Maserati Quattroporte (5)

People-movers under $60k (944, down 9.5 per cent):
Kia Carnival (441)
Honda Odyssey (145)
Hyundai iMax (124)

People-movers over $60k (62, down 39 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz V-Class (45)
Mercedes-Benz Valente (17)

Sports under $80k (1452, up 40.2 per cent):
Ford Mustang (619)
Toyota 86 (169)
Hyundai Veloster (166)

Sports over $80k (579, up 11.6 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (259)
BMW 4 Series (99)
Audi TT (39)

Sports over $200k (143, up 19.2 per cent):
Porsche 911 (28)
BMW 6 Series (19)
McLaren range (18)

SUV Small under $40k (7472, down 14.1 per cent):
Mazda CX-3 (1744)
Mitsubishi ASX (1130)
Nissan Qashqai (1061)

SUV Small over $40k (835, up 24.6 per cent):
BMW X1 (313)
Mercedes-Benz GLA (245)
Audi Q3 (218)

SUV Medium under $60k (10,287, up 3.6 per cent):
Mazda CX-5 (1933)
Toyota RAV4 (1825)
Hyundai Tucson (1497)

SUV Medium over $60k (2429, up 42.7 per cent):
Land Rover Discovery Sport (371)
Audi Q5 (340)
BMW X3 (325)

SUV Large under $70k (9089, up 1.6 per cent):
Toyota Prado (1248)
Toyota Kluger (954)
Subaru Outback (877)

SUV Large over $70k (2175, up 32.8 per cent):
Audi Q7 (389)
BMW X5 (322)
Land Rover Discovery (257)

SUV Upper Large under $100k (1358, up 44 per cent):
Toyota LandCruiser (1214)
Nissan Patrol (144)

SUV Upper Large over $100k (172, up 13.2 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz GLS (111)
Range Rover (26)
Lexus LX (26)

Light buses <= 20 seats (192, down 9 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (158)
Renault Master (17)

Light Vans (338, up 8.7 per cent):
Volkswagen Caddy Van (165)
Renault Kangoo (111)
Suzuki APV (33)

Medium Vans (1558, down 0.7 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (504)
Hyundai iLoad (465)
Volkswagen Transporter (179)

4×2 Utes (3611, up 10.8 per cent):
Toyota HiLux (825)
Ford Ranger (517)
Mazda BT-50 (420)

4×4 Utes (11,144, up 9.7 per cent):
Ford Ranger (2357)
Toyota HiLux (2311)
Holden Colorado (1457)

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