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New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units – enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace.

It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved.

July’s market-wide figure was about 30 per cent lower than June’s sales, which is common given huge EOFY incentives that always make the year’s sixth month its biggest by volume.


Top brands

The market leaders were Toyota (17,931, up 3 per cent on July ’16), Mazda (9528, up almost 13 per cent), Hyundai (7501, down 1 per cent), Holden (6467, down 8.5 per cent) and Ford (6270, down 9 per cent).

Next in line were Mitsubishi (6020, up 11 per cent), Kia (4266, up 20 per cent), Subaru (one unit behind Kia, up 27 per cent), Nissan (4094, battling to be down 23 per cent) and Volkswagen (3803, down 9 per cent).

Positions 11-20 were occupied by Honda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Isuzu Ute, Suzuki, Land Rover, Renault, Lexus and Jeep.

See our table below for a greater level of detail.


Top models

As has become familiar, it was the Toyota HiLux that was the sales king for July, up 19 per cent to 3742 units. It nudged out its Corolla stablemate, and the Ford Ranger (3076, up 7 per cent), which remains the annual leader in the 4×4 part of the market.

The only other vehicles to top 2000 units were the Mazda 3, Toyota Camry, Mazda CX-5 and new Hyundai i30, while rounding out the top 10 were the Toyota RAV4 (1736), Hyundai Tucson (1719), Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and 200 Series combined (1713).


Key segments

SEGMENT GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Micro car Kia Picanto — 223 Mitsubishi Mirage — 113 Holden Spark — 69
Light car Hyundai Accent — 1642 Mazda 2 — 947 Toyota Yaris — 853
Small car Toyota Corolla — 3208 Mazda 3 — 2466 Hyundai i30 — 2123
Medium car Toyota Camry — 2385 Benz C-Class — 538 Mazda 6 — 272
Large car Commodore — 1633 Toyota Aurion — 261 Benz E-Class — 150
People-mover Kia Carnival — 544 Honda Odyssey — 163 Hyundai iMax — 90
Sports car Ford Mustang — 919 Benz C-Class —185 Hyundai Veloster — 153
Small SUV Mitsubishi ASX — 1544 Mazda CX-3 — 1420 Nissan Qashqai — 1239
Medium SUV Mazda CX-5 — 2305 Toyota RAV4 — 1736 Hyundai Tucson — 1719
Medium SUV lux LR Disco Sport — 362 Audi Q5 — 325 BMW X3 — 276
Large SUV Toyota Prado — 1217 Toyota Kluger — 990 Mazda CX-9 — 919
Large SUV lux BMW X5 — 394 LR Discovery — 341 Audi Q7 — 279
Vans Toyota HiAce — 596 Hyundai iLoad — 377 VW Transporter — 163
4×2 utes Toyota HiLux — 940 Ford Ranger — 449 Isuzu D-Max — 390
4×4 utes Toyota HiLux — 2802 Ford Ranger — 2627 Mitsubishi Triton — 1324

Again, see the table nearer the bottom of the story for a more detailed breakdown.


Miscellaneous

Once again it was SUV sales doing the heavy lifting, up more than 9 per cent and owning 40 per cent market share. Passenger cars fell 6 per cent in sales, to sit on 38.6 per cent market share, while light commercials (utes and vans) ended at 18.3 per cent share.

Top-five segments by volume in July were small cars (18.3 per cent share), medium SUVs (16.3 per cent), 4×4 utes (12.3 per cent), large SUVs (11.9 per cent) and small SUVs (10.3 per cent).

Private sales were 41,220 (down 0.9 per cent), Business fleets purchases 38,892 vehicles (up 1.8 per cent), rentals grew 16.5 per cent to 6756 and government sales dropped 6.2 per cent to 2919.

Northern Territory produced the strongest sales growth across the states and territories, posting a 10 per cent gain. South Australia had the second-largest growth rate at 8.7 per cent, followed by Victoria (+4.2 per cent), New South Wales (+1.3 per cent) and Queensland (+0.5 per cent).

Japan remained our strongest source of vehicle imports for July with 27,524 vehicles, followed by Thailand (21,915), South Korea (13,656), Germany (6,542), USA (4,026), and England (3,163). Australian-made equalled 4821.

Popular demand: Isuzu MU-X (638), Ford Everest (456), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (311), Holden Trailblazer (249) and Toyota Fortuner (246).


Quotes

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber said the record July outcome was notable in that it came directly after the industry’s best-ever monthly result in June.

“This July figure demonstrates the industry’s ability to deliver products which are not only good value but cater specifically for the changing needs of Australian customers,” he said.

“The steady rise in small and medium SUV sales are indicative of our market’s changing dynamic and manufacturers are moving quickly to meet those new needs and expectations.”


Top 30 brands July 2017

BRAND SALES CHANGE OVER JULY ‘16
Toyota 17,931 up 2.7 per cent
Mazda 9528 up 12.6 per cent
Hyundai 7501 down 1.3 per cent
Holden 6467 down 8.5 per cent
Ford 6270 down 9.1 per cent
Mitsubishi 6020 up 11.2 per cent
Kia 4266 up 20 per cent
Subaru 4265 up 27.1 per cent
Nissan 4094 down 22.8 per cent
Volkswagen 3803 down 9.3 per cent
Honda 3493 up 9.2 per cent
Mercedes-Benz 3082 down 2 per cent
BMW 2152 up 5 per cent
Audi 2114 up 9.2 per cent
Isuzu Ute 1882 up 1.8 per cent
Suzuki 1519 up 7.2 per cent
Land Rover 1154 down 4.1 per cent
Renault 763 up 2.3 per cent
Lexus 669 down 7.3 per cent
Jeep 510 down 33.3 per cent
Skoda 508 up 38 per cent
Volvo Car 392 down 25.9 per cent
Mini 379 up 29.4 per cent
Porsche 326 up 2.2 per cent
Fiat 231 down 13.5 per cent
Jaguar 210 down 18.9 per cent
LDV 207 up 65.6 per cent
Peugeot 106 down 61.7 per cent
Alfa Romeo 71 up 51.1 per cent
Haval 67

Top 30 models July 2017

MODEL SALES CHANGE OVER JULY ‘16
Toyota HiLux 3742 up 19 per cent
Toyota Corolla 3208 down 6.4 per cent
Ford Ranger 3076 up 7 per cent
Mazda 3 2466 up 64.3 per cent
Toyota Camry 2385 up 9.8 per cent
Mazda CX-5 2305 up 19.2 per cent
Hyundai i30 2123 down 4.2 per cent
Toyota RAV4 1736 down 4.9 per cent
Hyundai Tucson 1719 up 30.9 per cent
Toyota LandCruiser

70 Series/200 Series

1713 down 3.2 per cent
Mitsubishi Triton 1708 up 27 per cent
Hyundai Accent 1642 down 4.9 per cent
Holden Commodore 1633 down 12.9 per cent
Mitsubishi ASX 1544 up 36.6 per cent
Nissan X-Trail 1463 up 47.6 per cent
Mazda CX-3 1420 down 18.6 per cent
Kia Cerato 1327 up 19.4 per cent
Holden Colorado 1311 down 20.5 per cent
Isuzu D-Max 1244 down 7 per cent
Nissan Qashqai 1239 up 16.8 per cent
Toyota Prado 1217 down 2.5 per cent
Mitsubishi Outlander 1143 up 33.7 per cent
Subaru XV 1138 up 88.1 per cent
Holden Astra 1125
Mazda BT-50 1089 down 2.5 per cent
Honda Civic 1072 down 2.3 per cent
Kia Sportage 1045 up 16 per cent
Volkswagen Golf 1005 down 35.8 per cent
Toyota Kluger 990 up 3.8 per cent
Nissan Navara 958 down 37.7 per cent

 

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