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New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It’s the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever.

Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars. One-in-five new vehicles purchased last month was a van, bus or ute.

The overall market leader once again was the Toyota HiLux, the sixth month in succession it has been Australia’s top pick. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla rounded out the podium.

Sales in every State and Territory – with the exception of Tasmania – grew in August, led by the ACT (up 9.4 per cent), WA (up 4.2 per cent) and Qld (up 3.5 per cent). Both NSW and Victoria were up slightly.


Top brands

Top of the charts was Toyota with 18,511 sales, though it was down 0.7 per cent. Next were Mazda (8511, down 8.1 per cent) and Hyundai (7800, up 19.3 per cent and arresting recent declines).

Then came Holden (6984, down 8.9 per cent), Mitsubishi (6649, up 8.4 per cent) and Ford (6645, down 3 per cent).

Beyond this were Volkswagen (4730, up 21.5 per cent), Subaru (4579, up 36.2 per cent) and Kia (4507, up 21.5 per cent). Good growth from that trio…

Rounding out the top 10 was Nissan, battling to 4095 (down 27.1 per cent). It held at bay Honda (3724, up 20.5 per cent) and Mercedes-Benz (3400, up 4 per cent).

See the table below for a list of the top 20 brands on sale.

Smaller-volume brands that showed good growth included: Alfa Romeo (up 134.1 per cent thanks to the Giulia), Haval (up 69.2 per cent), Isuzu Ute (up 29.4 per cent), LDV (up 26.4 per cent), Maserati (up 33.3 per cent), Mini (up 17.7 per cent), Peugeot (up 70.8 per cent, its first growth month in ages), Porsche (up 19.6 per cent), Renault (up 6.9 per cent), Skoda (up 59.5 per cent), and Suzuki (up 14.1 per cent).

Losers for the month included: Audi (down 28.3 per cent), BMW (down 13.6 per cent), Citroen (down 57.3 per cent), Fiat (down 32.7 per cent), Infiniti (down 42.2 per cent), Jaguar (down 36.4 per cent), Jeep (down 42.5 per cent), Lexus (down 11.2 per cent) and Volvo Car (down 44.1 per cent).


Top models

Surprise surprise: the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger topped the charts, on 4287 and 3588 respectively. The Toyota Corolla on 2948 was a distant third.

Completing the top-ten were the Hyundai Tucson on 2206, Mazda 3 on 2163, Hyundai i30 on 2143 (the new PD model is getting some momentum now), Toyota Camry on 2107, Holden Commodore sedan and Sportwagon on 2071, Mazda CX-5 on 2048 and the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and 200 Series (do you think we should combine them, commenters?) on 2036.

There’s a list of the top 20 at the bottom of the story. There’s also a list of the key-segment winners next.


Key segments

SEGMENT GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Micro car Kia Picanto — 342 Mitsubishi Mirage — 115 Holden Spark — 78
Light car Hyundai Accent — 1810 Suzuki Swift — 912 Mazda 2 — 908
Small car Toyota Corolla — 2948 Mazda 3 — 2163 Hyundai i30 — 2143
Medium car Toyota Camry — 2107 Mercedes C-Class — 663 Ford Mondeo — 376
Large car Commodore — 2071 Toyota Aurion — 295 Benz E-Class — 130
People-mover Kia Carnival — 544 Honda Odyssey — 171 LDV G10 — 80
Sports car Ford Mustang — 748 Benz C-Class — 240 BMW 2 Series — 126
Small SUV Mitsubishi ASX — 1676 Nissan Qashqai — 1454 Mazda CX-3 — 1245
Medium SUV Hyundai Tucson — 2206 Mazda CX-5 — 2048 Toyota RAV4 — 1605
Medium SUV lux LR Disco Sport — 350 Audi Q5 — 344 Mercedes GLC — 338
Large SUV Toyota Prado — 1127 Toyota Kluger — 1040 Subaru Outback — 832
Large SUV lux BMW X5 — 408 LR Discovery — 264 Range Rover Sport — 205
Vans Toyota HiAce — 617 Hyundai iLoad — 391 Mercedes Sprinter — 273
4×2 utes Toyota HiLux — 1097 Ford Ranger — 521 Holden Ute — 451
4×4 utes Toyota HiLux — 3190 Ford Ranger — 3067 Mitsubishi Triton — 1653

 


Miscellaneous

  • Annual new vehicle sales sit at 788,968 – up 0.6 per cent over last year’s record
  • The market share of SUVs in August was 39.4 per cent, compared to passenger cars on 37 per cent and light commercials on 20.2 per cent
  • The top-five segments by sales were: Small Cars (18.5 per cent share), Medium SUVs (16.4), 4×4 utes (13.7), Large SUVs (11.8) snd Small SUVs (9.5)
  • The monthly sub totals by buyer type: private 45,439 (up 3.7 per cent), business 37,460 (down 3.3 per cent), rental 7213 (up 16.3 per cent) and government 3281 (down 1.5 per cent)
  • Fuel type sales: petrol 61,399, diesel 34,234 and hybrid 916
  • Top five source countries for vehicles: Japan 27,429, Thailand 24,191, Korea 14,494, Germany 7240 and Australia 5049
  • By request: Isuzu MU-X 720, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 544, Ford Everest 447, Toyota Fortuner 299 and Holden Trailblazer 207


Quote from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

FCAI CEO Tony Weber said the rise of SUVs and light commercials was providing the generator for the industry’s growth.

“More new models coming into the market in both these segments is creating strong consumer interest and helping to fuel the industry’s momentum.

“This August result provides confidence that should all the positive contributing factors within the economy remain in place, sales during the back half of the year will keep us on track for another record year.”


Make August 2017 sales Change over August ‘16
Toyota 18,511 Down 0.7 per cent
Mazda 8511 Down 8.1 per cent
Hyundai 7800 Up 19.3 per cent
Holden 6984 Down 8.9 per cent
Mitsubishi 6649 Up 8.4 per cent
Ford 6645 Down 3 per cent
Volkswagen 4730 Up 21.5 per cent
Subaru 4579 Up 36.2 per cent
Kia 4507 Up 21.5 per cent
Nissan 4095 Down 27.1 per cent
Honda 3724 Up 20.5 per cent
Mercedes-Benz 3400 Up 4 per cent
Isuzu Ute 2131 Up 29.4 per cent
BMW 2005 Down 13.6 per cent
Suzuki 1844 Up 14.1 per cent
Audi 1438 Down 28.3 per cent
Land Rover 1057 Down 1.8 per cent
Renault 914 Up 6.9 per cent
Lexus 701 Down 11.2 per cent
Jeep 591 Down 42.5 per cent

Make Model August sales
Toyota HiLux 4287
Ford Ranger 3588
Toyota Corolla 2948
Hyundai Tucson 2206
Mazda 3 2163
Hyundai i30 2143
Toyota Camry 2107
Holden Commodore 2071
Mazda CX-5 2048
Toyota LandCruiser 70/200 2036
Mitsubishi Triton 1970
Hyundai Accent 1810
Holden Colorado 1694
Mitsubishi ASX 1676
Toyota RAV4 1605
Mitsubishi Outlander 1558
Volkswagen Golf 1535
Nissan Qashqai 1454
Kia Cerato 1425
Isuzu Ute D-Max 1411

 

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