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With SUV sales now ahead of conventional passenger cars – sedans, hatches, wagons, people-movers, convertibles and coupes – it’s never been more important to be strong at this end of the market.

Australians have purchased a record 692,000 new vehicles this year, 270,477 of which are SUVs. This compares to 266,059 passenger cars and 155,770 commercials –  utes, vans and trucks.

In an overall new vehicle market up 0.4 per cent (below the rate of population growth), SUV sales are up 5.6 per cent, spread across 33 active brands overall.

Industry sales figures (VFACTS) break the SUV market into four main segments based on wheelbase: Small, Medium, Large and Upper Large.

Medium SUVs (led by the Mazda CX-5) account for about 42 per cent of total SUV sales, ahead of Large SUVs (31 per cent), Small SUVs (24 per cent) and Upper Large SUVs (just over 3 per cent).

What’s interesting is that, while overall market leaders Toyota and Mazda likewise lead SUV sales, there’s a different order beyond this. Nissan and Mitsubishi are strong, Holden and Ford are weak, for instance.


SUV market leaders by segment

SEGMENT GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Small < $40k Mazda CX-3 – 10,686 Mitsu ASX – 10,583 Nissan Qashqai – 7712
Small > $40k BMW X1 – 2374 Audi Q3 – 2133 Mercedes GLA – 1744
Medium < $60k Mazda CX-5 – 15,229 Hyundai Tucson – 14,555 Toyota RAV4 – 12,547
Medium > $60k LR Disco Sport – 2876 BMW X3 – 2073 Mercedes GLC – 2070
Large < $70k Toyota Prado – 9874 Subaru Outback – 7132 Toyota Kluger – 6983
Large > $70k BMW X5 – 2228 R’ Rover Sport – 1833 Audi Q7 – 1735
Upper < $100k LandCruiser – 7492 Nissan Patrol – 612
Upper > $100k Mercedes GLS – 629 Range Rover – 279 Lexus LX – 204

 


SUV market leaders by brand

BRAND

SUV Sales YTD 2017

Change over 2016

Toyota

41,144

up 9.4 per cent

Mazda

31,491

up 17.5 per cent

Mitsubishi

26,625

up 18.8 per cent

Nissan

23,577

up 0.1 per cent

Hyundai

20,023

up 24 per cent

Subaru

19,266

down 2.6 per cent

Holden

12,266

down 4.7 per cent

Kia

11,346

up 3.2 per cent

Honda

11,001

down 9.3 per cent

Ford

8196

down 20.7 per cent

BMW

7997

down 10.2 per cent

Volkswagen

7803

up 65.4 per cent

Land Rover

7421

down 13 per cent

Mercedes-Benz

7086

down 10.2 per cent

Audi

6199

down 0.5 per cent

Suzuki

6134

up 16.9 per cent

Jeep

5075

down 34.8 per cent

Isuzu Ute

4397

up 9.7 per cent

Lexus

3380

up 1.4 per cent

Porsche

2482

up 6.1 per cent

Renault

1900

up 18.5 per cent

Volvo Car

1762

down 17.6 per cent

Jaguar

880

up 935.3 per cent

Fiat

589

down 9.2 per cent

Peugeot

454

down 39.1 per cent

Skoda

410

down 32.8 per cent

Haval

406

Mini

377

up 27.4 per cent

Infiniti

306

up 109.6 per cent

Maserati

288

MG

52

SsangYong*

48

down 67.6 per cent

Citroen

46

down 64.3 per cent

Bentley

41

up 141.2 per cent

Chery*

5

up 150 per cent

Dodge*

4

down 98.6 per cent

* Discontinued brands 

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