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Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales

Numerical sales of diesel-powered passenger cars in Australia have about halved over the past decade - though not from anything resembling a high base. By passenger cars we refer to hatches, sedans, coupes, convertibles and people-movers - vehicles that are largely declining across the board as SUVs eat their market, regardless of engine type...

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Australians keep shunning little cars
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Australians keep shunning little cars

Sales of light vehicles continue to plummet as buyers increasingly turn elsewhere, either to larger passenger cars, small crossover SUVs or late-model used offerings. Sales figures compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that sales of light cars are down 20.8 per cent this year, compared to the overall market decline of 2...


Australia's top SUV brands
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Australia's top SUV brands

It's hardly a secret at this point that SUVs are the driving force behind the Australian new vehicle market - even though the top two vehicles are actually utes. In 2017, these (often nominally) higher-riding options have in fact eclipsed sales of regular passenger vehicles - by which we mean sedans, hatches, wagons, people-movers and sports cars...


Old nameplates returning to form
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Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...


April 2017 new vehicle sales, HiLux and Ranger still on top
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April 2017 new vehicle sales, HiLux and Ranger still on top

April's Australia-wide new car sales figures show a deflating 5 per cent fall to 83,135 units over the same month in 2016, continuing the downward trend over 2016's record. According to VFACTS numbers released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) today, passenger vehicles fell 12 per cent and SUVs fell just over 1 per cent - though medium SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 grew by double digits...


Five niche cars with growing sales
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Five niche cars with growing sales

Everyone loves a left-of-centre battler, but when it comes to cars, few buy them. At least in a market like Australia, which is hugely competitive but dominated by a small number of big fish like Toyota, Mazda, Holden and Hyundai. But a scan through VFACTS sales figures also shows that, every year, there are a few lesser-known cars that for a variety of reasons enter another gear, sales-wise...


Six biggest improvers in 2017
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Six biggest improvers in 2017

New vehicle sales are tracking a few per cent below last year’s record after one quarter of 2017, but there are many success stories to be found. Here we look at the six vehicles that grew the most in volume relative to Q1, 2016. The caveat is that we won’t count new nameplates — the model (in current or previous generation) must have been available over both periods...


Small car sales: Corolla, Mazda 3, Golf, Civic and more
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Small car sales: Corolla, Mazda 3, Golf, Civic and more

While SUVs are now outselling passenger cars, and light commercials are occupying much of the top 10, the small car segment remains the market's most popular. VFACTS data shows that 53,410 small sedans, hatches and wagons were sold over the first quarter of 2017, giving this segment a market share of 19.1 per cent. Next in line are medium SUVs on 16...


Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling
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Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling

Australia’s luxury vehicle market is showing signs of slowing down in 2017 after a few years of disproportionate sales growth and increased market penetration. Key luxury brands such as Audi and BMW are both down by double digits this year — in an overall market down 2 per cent — after years of setting records, while growth for Mercedes-Benz has slowed to a comparative trickle...


Top 25 makes and models this year so far
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Top 25 makes and models this year so far

New vehicle sales in March may have hit an all-time high, but the market as a whole was actually a little down over the first quarter of 2017. Sales from January 1 to March 31 sit at 279,345 units. according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS data provided by manufacturers, which is 2...


March sales: Three utes in overall top five
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March sales: Three utes in overall top five

Three of the top-five selling vehicles in Australia, over the course of a record-setting March, were utes. Furthermore, light commercial vehicles attained a mammoth 21 per cent share of the total market, compared to SUVs (39.4) and passenger cars (37)...


March 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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March 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

New vehicle sales in Australia grew a marginal 0.9 per cent in March — not enough to take 2017’s cumulative total ahead of last year’s record, but enough to set a new all-time monthly high-water mark. VFACTS data released this morning shows that 105,410 new vehicles were sold last month, taking the yearly total to 279,345 (down 2.1 per cent)...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 17, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 17, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Five brands swimming against the tide in Australia, growing sales
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Five brands swimming against the tide in Australia, growing sales

The 2017 sales year is off to a bit of a slow start, with cumulative numbers down 3.8 per cent to 173,935 units, over last year’s all-time record. We’ve seen declines in passenger cars, SUVs and light commercials alike, suggesting this year might see the market cool off ever-so-slightly...


SUV sales overtake passenger cars
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SUV sales overtake passenger cars

February 2017 sales figures show that vehicles classified as SUVs outsold passenger cars in Australia over the course of a whole month, for the first time, representing a notable market shift. That said, the gap between passenger cars — sedans, hatches, wagons, coupes, convertibles and people-movers — and higher-riding SUVs has been narrowing, so this development was just a matter of time...


February 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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February 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

The Australian new vehicle market declined 7.7 per cent in February, pulling cumulative annual sales to below their record 2016 levels two months in. According to VFACTS data supplied by car makers and compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the number of new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles registered fell to 89,025 units, the lowest February figure since 2014...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'outsells' Camry
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'outsells' Camry

In what could be seen as a sign of things to come, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the nation’s top-selling mid-sized vehicle in January. The German luxury car — many of which are actually made in South Africa — outsold the locally made fleet-favourite, Toyota’s Camry, 651 units to 580. The Camry’s 580 figure compares to 4850 in December...


January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado
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January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado

Now that we’re acclimatised to the idea of a light commercial being the nation’s top-selling vehicle for a calendar year, we can watch the market with a different set of eyes. We’re only one month into 2017, but the January figures for ute sales make for interesting reading, mostly on account of the ever-growing Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger battle — billed by some as the new Commodore v Falcon rivalry...


Kia outsells Subaru and Volkswagen
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Kia outsells Subaru and Volkswagen

Kia Motors Australia was the fastest-growing mainstream brand in the local new car market last year, and this momentum has carried over into 2017. The Korean brand grew 28.9 per cent in January to 4015 units, catapulting it ahead of Subaru (4009, up a strong 18 per cent in its own right), Volkswagen (3995, down 8 per cent as the Golf enters runout) and Honda (3470, up 20 per cent)...


January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

The first month of this new year has been and gone, and, compared to last year's all-time record, the market is already ahead of pace. According to VFACTS data supplied by car-makers and compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the number of new cars, SUVs and commercials registered climbed 0.6 per cent over January 2016's figure, to 84,910 units...