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New vehicle sales grew 2.5 per cent in November compared to the same month in 2016, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record — eclipsing last year’s high-water mark.

Year-to-date (YTD), the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has recorded 1,086,296 sales of new cars, SUV and commercials. The magic million has once again been achieved.

SUVs captured 40.2 per cent of the market, ahead of passenger cars (36.4) and light commercials (19.8). The strongest market segments by share were Small Cars (18.1), Medium SUVs (16.9), 4×4 Utes (14.2), Small SUVs (11.1) and Large SUVs (10.8).

There were no great surprises for the top-selling brands, which were as usual Toyota, Mazda and Hyundai — in that order. The most popular models were likewise not surprising, led by the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla.


Brands

Toyota led the way, and grew 3.5 per cent doing so, on 18,804 units. This doubled the runner-up Mazda, on 9330 (down 5 per cent) and Hyundai in third (8781, up 9.9 per cent).

Rounding out the top ten were Holden (showing modest but welcome growth), Mitsubishi, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan (down 20 per cent), Honda (up a massive 26.5 per cent) and Kia. See the tables below for more detailed results.

Filling in positions 11-20 were Subaru — despite growing by a few per cent — Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Ute, Audi, BMW (down 23 per cent), Suzuki, Renault, Land Rover, Jeep and Lexus.

Smaller-volume brands that grew in volume over November 2016 included Alfa Romeo (116, up 251.5 per cent), Fiat Professional (160, up 52.4 per cent), Haval (63, up 34 per cent), LDV (343, up 157.9 per cent), Peugeot (flying under its new distributor, up 361.3 per cent to 512), Porsche (319, up 67.9 per cent) and Skoda (in 21st spot, up 20.4 per cent to 536).

Super-premium brands Aston Martin (up 37.5 per cent), Ferrari (up 69.6 per cent), Lamborghini (up 300 per cent), Maserati (up 90.6 per cent), McLaren (up 125 per cent) and Rolls-Royce (up 350 per cent) all smashed it out of the park, with their ships clearly coming in.

Among the key vehicle segments across all body types, Toyota led no fewer than six, compared to two for Kia (micro cars and people movers), then one each for Mazda, Hyundai, Holden, Ford and Mitsubishi.


Models

The top-ten models were the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai Accent.

Next in line were the Toyota Camry (mostly runout old-generation Australia-made stock), Holden Colorado, Holden Commodore (now out of production here and to be imported from February 2018), Nissan X-Trail, Volkswagen Golf, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Holden Astra (a great month), Kia Cerato and Honda Civic.

Key segment leaders

SEGMENT GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Micro Kia Picanto Holden Spark Fiat 500
Light Hyundai Accent Toyota Yaris Mazda 2
Small Toyota Corolla Mazda 3 Hyundai i30
Medium Toyota Camry Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mazda 6
Large Holden Commodore Kia Stinger Toyota Aurion
People Mover Kia Carnival Honda Odyssey Toyota Tarago
Sports Ford Mustang Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hyundai Veloster
Small SUV Mitsubishi ASX Mazda CX-3 Nissan Qashqai
Medium SUV Mazda CX-5 Hyundai Tucson Toyota RAV4
Large SUV Toyota Prado Toyota Kluger Toyota LandCruiser
Vans Toyota Hiace Hyundai iLoad Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
4×2 Utes Toyota HiLux Isuzu D-Max Ford Ranger
4×4 Utes Toyota HiLux Ford Ranger Holden Colorado

Miscellaneous

  • State and territory sales: NSW 33,463, Victoria 29,332, Queensland 19,134, WA 8685, SA 6330, Tasmania 2021, ACT 1611 and NT 789.
  • Five fastest-growing non-niche brands: Peugeot up 361.3 per cent, Alfa Romeo up 251.5 per cent, LDV up 157.9 per cent, Porsche up 67.9 per cent and Honda up 26.5 per cent.
  • Private sales (45,729) edged out business purchases (41,350). Rental (7225) and government fleets (3432) rounded this out.
  • Five top vehicle source countries: Japan 29,587, Thailand 24,963, Korea 15,749, Germany 8024 and Australia 4089.
  • Hybrid car sales totalled just 884 units.
  • By request: Isuzu MU-X 747, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 496, Ford Everest 465, Toyota Fortuner 321 and Holden Trailblazer 271.

Top 20 models, November 2017

MAKE MODEL SALES
Toyota HiLux 4103
Ford Ranger 3576
Toyota Corolla 2959
Mazda 3 2464
Mazda CX-5 2358
Hyundai i30 2227
Hyundai Tucson 2121
Toyota RAV4 1950
Mitsubishi ASX 1948
Hyundai Accent 1914
Toyota Camry 1913
Holden Colorado 1901
Holden Commodore 1835
Nissan X-Trail 1765
Volkswagen Golf 1761
Mitsubishi Triton 1752
Isuzu D-Max 1699
Holden Astra 1480
Kia Cerato 1476
Honda Civic 1439


Top 20 brands, November 2017

BRAND SALES CHANGE +/-
Toyota 18,804 up 3.5%
Mazda 9330 down 5%
Hyundai 8781 up 9.9%
Holden 7955 up 2.6%
Mitsubishi 6678 up 13.7%
Ford 6275 down 8.1%
Volkswagen 5364 up 10.3%
Nissan 5077 down 19.9%
Honda 4431 up 26.5%
Kia 4305 up 20.5%
Subaru 4265 up 3%
MercedesBenz 3224 down 9%
Isuzu Ute 2446 up 21%
Audi 1891 down 6.8%
BMW 1628 down 23%
Suzuki 1356 down 12.8%
Land Rover  943 up 9.7%
Renault 905 down 16.7%
Jeep 623 down 39.9%
Lexus 598 down 3.5%

 

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