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Sales of medium-sized passenger cars continue to flag this year, beset by SUVs that cost the same price and offer greater practicality.

VFACTS industry figures released this week show that Medium Car sales fell 10.6 per cent in July alone, and are down 6.3 per cent for the year.

They have 5.5 per cent market share, less than small cars, light cars, and small/medium/large SUVs.

The figures understandably split the segment in two, focusing on mainstream and luxury – led respectively by the fleet-favourite Toyota Camry and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


Medium cars under $60k

As the end of Australian manufacturing nears, the bargain Toyota Camry remains the powerhouse, with 14,083 sales this year and a massive 57 per cent market share. The deals to be had are ridiculous…

Trailing miles behind are the Mazda 6 (2114), Ford Mondeo (1863), Volkswagen Passat (1541), Subaru Liberty (1344), Skoda Octavia (1002), Hyundai Sonata (641), Hyundai i40 (556), Subaru Levorg (554), Kia Optima (506) and Honda Accord (220).

The sub-$60k part of the market accounts YTD for 24,748 sales in total, compared to 13,413 units at the above-$60k end, which is down slightly less year-on-year.


Medium cars above $60k

This Euro-dominated part of the market is a favourite among novated lease customers and young executives.

As ever, and despite competition from much newer rivals, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class remains dominant (4980 sales, up 31 per cent and owning a coincidental 31 per cent market share).

Eating its dust are the Mercedes-Benz CLA (2059) giving Daimler the old 1-2. Next are the BMW 3 Series (1633), Audi A4 (1399), Lexus IS (1005), Jaguar XE (571), BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (442), Alfa Romeo Giulia (348 in its first year) and Audi A5 Sportback (332).


Medium car sales

Black = mainstream, red = premium 

CAR

YTD sales 2017

YTD sales 2016

Change

Toyota Camry

14,083

12,077

up 16.6 per cent

Mercedes C-Class

4980

3808

up 30.8 per cent

Mazda 6

2114

2747

down 23 per cent

Mercedes CLA

2059

2291

down 10.1 per cent 

Ford Mondeo

1863

1721

up 8.3 per cent

BMW 3 Series

1633

2786

down 41.4 per cent

Volkswagen Passat

1541

1928

down 20.1 per cent

Audi A4

1399

1552

down 9.9 per cent

Subaru Liberty

1344

2063

down 34.9 per cent

Lexus IS

1005

1023

down 1.8 per cent

Skoda Octavia

1002

1053

down 4.8 per cent

Hyundai Sonata

641

1125

down 43 per cent

Jaguar XE

571

1025

down 44.3 per cent

Hyundai i40

556

600

down 7.3 per cent

Subaru Levorg

554

479

up 15.7 per cent

Kia Optima

506

928

down 45.5 per cent

BMW 4 Series GC

442

574

down 23 per cent

Alfa Romeo Giulia

348

Audi A5 Sportback

332

272

up 22.1 per cent

Honda Accord

220

507

down 56.6 per cent

Nissan Altima *

197

417

down 52.8 per cent

Lexus ES

159

171

down 7 per cent

Volvo S60

153

235

down 34.9 per cent

Infiniti Q50

107

189

down 43.4 per cent

Volvo V60 and CC

106

142

down 25 per cent

Holden Malibu *

93

575

down 83.8 per cent

BMW 3 Series GT

80

140

down 42.9 per cent

 

* Discontinued model

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