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New vehicle sales grew 2.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, keeping the market narrowly on track for an all-time annual record in 2017.

VFACTS figures provided by industry lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), recorded an all-time-high 95,763 sales last monthly, taking the yearly figure to 984,931 units with two months left to run — up 0.5 per cent over last year’s cumulative tally.

Once again SUVs were the most popular vehicle type with 38.5 per cent market share, compared to 38 per cent for other passenger cars. But it was light commercial vehicles that drove the improvement by growing 18.5 per cent, and netting about 20 per cent share.

Returning to the top of the sales charts was the Hyundai i30, for the first time in its new ‘PD’ generation,. More impressively, it achieved the result without the company offering national sub-$20k drive-away pricing like it was doing on the old car, when in runout.


Top selling car makers

Toyota was top of the tree as always, up an impressive 9 per cent to 17,836 units, for 18.6 per cent market share. Joining it on the podium were Hyundai (up 1 per cent to 8800), with victory over Mazda (8054, up 1.7 per cent).

Next were Holden on 7726, up 2.7 per cent in a rare piece of positive growth, ahead of Ford (5785, down 11 per cent), Mitsubishi (5550, up 6 per cent), Volkswagen (4941, up 1.5 per cent), Subaru (4667, up 12.7 per cent), Nissan (back into the top ten with 4565 sales, albeit down about 18 per cent) and Kia (up a strong 20 per cent to 4255).

The positions of 11-20 were occupied by Honda (up 14 per cent), Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Ute, Audi, BMW, Suzuki, Land Rover, Renault, Lexus and Jeep (down 33 per cent, par for the course these days). Skoda was 21st on 516.


Top selling models

The Hyundai i30 topped the charts with just under 4000 units, despite its $22,990 drive-away price point as advertised nationally hardly equalling the sort of cut-price deals the brand once offered. Add in the 310 Elantra sales and Hyundai’s lead grows.

The Toyota HiLux was just behind, ahead of its Corolla stablemate and the Ford Ranger (HiLux 4×4 sales also edged its Ford rival for the first time in a while, 2970 to 2648).

Rounding out the top ten were the Holden Commodore in its final full month as an Australian-made car before it becomes a rebadged Opel, the Mazda CX-5, Toyota Camry (ditto, its last month as an Aussie-made vehicle before it becomes a Japanese import in new-generation form), Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Triton and Volkswagen Golf.

Thus, from the top-ten, four cars were small hatchbacks/sedans, three were utes, one was a SUV, one a mid-sized car and the other a large car. This is clearly not representative of the overall market splits, interestingly enough.

Segment

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Micro

Kia Picanto 250

Fiat 500 113

Holden Spark 97

Light

Hyundai Accent 1203

Toyota Yaris 868

Mazda 2 749

Small

Hyundai i30 3983

Toyota Corolla 3088

Mazda 3 1962

Medium

Toyota Camry 2057

Mercedes C-Class 609

Ford Mondeo 255

Large

Commodore 2418

Kia Stinger 223

Toyota Aurion 132

People-mover

Kia Carnival 493

Honda Odyssey 108

Toyota Tarago 84

Sports under $200k

Ford Mustang 629

Mercedes C-Class 170

Hyundai Veloster 167

Sports over $200k

AMG GT 21

Porsche 911 19

Lamborghini range 9

Small SUV

Mitsubishi ASX 1542

Subaru XV 1182

Mazda CX-3 1106

Medium SUV

Mazda CX-5 2173

Nissan X-Trail 1762

Toyota RAV4 1700

Large SUV

Toyota Kluger 1120

LandCruiser 200 1117

Subaru Outback 912

Van

Toyota HiAce 668

Hyundai iLoad 333

Mercedes Sprinter 275

4×2 Ute

Toyota HiLux 820

Isuzu D-Max 530

Holden Ute 470

4×4 Ute

Toyota HiLux 2970

Ford Ranger 2648

Mitsubishi Triton 1636


Miscellaneous 

  • State and territory sales: NSW 32,454, Victoria 28,098, Queensland 17,860, WA 8548, SA 5831, Tasmania 1870, ACT 1448 and NT 744.
  • Top-five segments by market share: Small Cars 19.2, Medium SUV 16.4, 4×4 Ute 13.7, Small SUV 10.5, Large SUV 10.3.
  • Five fastest-growing brands by percentage in October: LDV up 134 per cent, Maserati up 132 per cent, Peugeot up 51 per cent, Lamborghini up 50 per cent, Land Rover up 25 per cent.
  • Sales by type: Private 42,419, business 39,639, rentals 7199 and government 3097.
  • Five top vehicle source countries: Japan 27,062, Thailand 22,826, Korea 15,395, Germany 7309 and Australia 5129.
  • Hybrid car sales totalled just 962 units.
  • By request: Isuzu MU-X 628, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 469, Ford Everest 365, Holden Trailblazer 340 and Toyota Fortuner 269.

Top 20 sales by brand 

Position

Brand

Sales

1

Toyota

17,836

2

Hyundai

8800

3

Mazda

8054

4

Holden

7726

5

Ford

5785

6

Mitsubishi

5550

7

Volkswagen

4941

8

Subaru

4667

9

Nissan

4565

10

Kia

4255

11

Honda

3870

12

Mercedes-Benz

2992

12

Isuzu Ute

2124

13

Audi

2003

14

BMW

1783

15

Suzuki

1559

16

Land Rover

1149

18

Renault

926

19

Lexus

870

20

Jeep

621


Top 20 sales by model 

Position

Model

Sales

1

Hyundai i30

3983

2

Toyota HiLux

3812

3

Toyota Corolla

3088

4

Ford Ranger

3074

5

Holden Commodore

2418

6

Mazda CX-5

2173

7

Toyota Camry

2057

8

Mazda 3

1962

9

Mitsubishi Triton

1857

10

Volkswagen Golf

1808

11

Nissan X-Trail

1762

12

Toyota RAV4

1760

13

Holden Colorado

1587

14

Mitsubishi ASX

1542

15

Isuzu D-Max

1496

16

Hyundai Tucson

1420

17

Nissan Navara

1333

18

Kia Cerato

1306

19

Honda Civic

1238

20

Hyundai Accent

1203

*Note: If you combine the 70- and 200 Series Toyota LandCruiser ranges, the total is a massive 2019 units, enough for eighth spot. We’ve opted not to combine them because the two models are vastly different offerings.

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