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New vehicle sales in March may have hit an all-time high, but the market as a whole was actually a little down over the first quarter of 2017.

Sales from January 1 to March 31 sit at 279,345 units. according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS data provided by manufacturers, which is 2.1 per cent down over the same period in last year’s record-breaking annual total.

It’s clearly too early to say whether Australia’s clockwork annual market growth has come to an end, but 2017 is off to a slow start.

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Interestingly, though, there have been some major dynamic shifts across the market, most notably the fact that vehicles classified as SUVs have now overtaken passenger cars as the most popular vehicle type.

The market share of SUVs sit at 39.8 per cent for the year to date (YTD), against passenger cars — hatch, sedans, coupe, convertibles, wagons and people-movers — on 38.9 per cent. Passenger car volume dropped more than 8 per cent this year.

Another part of the market that’s growing is the light commercial space, which now has a market share of 18.8 per cent, representing almost one-in-five new vehicles sold.

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Combined ute sales are larger than any other market segment with the exception of small cars, and the Toyota HiLux is once again the overall top-selling vehicle in the market (a few spots ahead of the Ford Ranger).

 

The top-sellers in a handful of key segments (in order) include:

  • Small cars: Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai i30/Elantra, Kia Cerato and Volkswagen Golf
  • Medium cars: Toyota Camry, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mazda 6, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Ford Mondeo
  • Sports cars: Ford Mustang, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and convertible, Hyundai Veloster, Toyota 86 and BMW 2 Series
  • Small SUV: Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Qashqai, Honda HR-V and Holden Trax
  • Medium SUV: Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage
  • Large SUV: Toyota Prado, Subaru Forester, Holden Captiva, Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9
  • Utes: Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado and Nissan Navara

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Other miscellaneous facts:

  • Top sources of imports: Japan (82,540), Thailand (67,581), Korea (40,316), Germany (21,855) and USA (11,445). Australia-made = 13,142
  • Fuel type: Petrol (181,073) versus diesel (88,140) versus hybrid (2907)

 

TOP 25 BRANDS JAN-MARCH

BRAND

SALES

GROWTH

Toyota

48,514

Up 4.3 per cent

Mazda

30,462

Even

Hyundai

22,406

Down 8.2 per cent

Holden

20,119

Down 10.7 per cent

Ford

18,433

Down 1.1 per cent

Mitsubishi

18,416

Up 1.1 per cent

Nissan

15,057

Down 13.3 per cent

Volkswagen

13,735

Down 5.8 per cent

Kia

12,873

Up 34.8 per cent

Subaru

12,761

Up 8.4 per cent

Mercedes-Benz

10,400

Up 3.3 per cent

Honda

9772

Up 1.8 per cent

BMW

6330

Down 15.4 per cent

Audi

5244

Down 14.9 per cent

Suzuki

4878

Down 5.1 per cent

Isuzu Ute

4495

Down 19.9 per cent

Land Rover

3948

Down 3.5 per cent

Renault

2619

Up 9.8 per cent

Lexus

2255

Up 3.2 per cent

Jeep

1925

Down 49.2 per cent

Porsche

1442

Up 1.8 per cent

Volvo Car

1175

Down 20.8 per cent

Skoda

1097

Up 3.2 per cent

Mini

893

Down 1.7 per cent

Jaguar

820

Up 20.6 per cent

 

TOP 25 MODELS JAN-MARCH

BRAND

SALES

Toyota HiLux

10,333

Toyota Corolla

9909

Mazda 3

9655

Ford Ranger

9398

Hyundai i30

6404

Mazda CX-5

5973

Mitsubishi Triton

5815

Holden Commodore

5607

Hyundai Tucson

5430

Nissan X-Trail

5039

Toyota RAV4

4985

Holden Colorado

4666

Toyota LandCruiser

4657

Kia Cerato

4654

Mazda CX-3

4555

Toyota Camry

4389

Volkswagen Golf

4063

Nissan Navara

3916

Hyundai Accent

3810

Toyota Prado

3766

Mitsubishi ASX

3599

Mazda BT-50

3531

Kia Sportage

3385

Subaru Forester

3150

Mitsubishi Outlander

3148

 

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Any sales figures not mentioned here that you want to know? Ask away, in the comments. 

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