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by Tim Beissmann

The Toyota HiLux has moved within striking distance of the Mazda3 and looks set to surge to the top of the sales charts next month after another dominant month in August.

The HiLux outsold last year’s sales champion by 1020 units in August (4010 versus 2990), leaving the Thai-built ute just 573 units behind the Mazda3 with four months of the year to go.

The Toyota HiLux has now been the top-selling vehicle in Australia for five consecutive months, and in that time has outsold the compact Mazda 20,672 units to 16,562.

The HiLux is in uncharted territory at the top of the table, and will become the first commercial vehicle to earn the title of Australia’s favourite car if its recent dominance continues.

Sales across the industry surged to 93,552 in August – up 6.2 per cent compared with the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales stand at 728,047, which is 9.4 per cent up on last year and puts the Australian automotive industry in a strong position to break the all-time record for full-year sales set in 2007.

Toyota (17,996) and Holden (11,271) enjoyed strong sales in April to remain head and shoulders clear of the competition.

A solid month from Ford (7795) – headlined by a top-10 performance from the Ranger (1629), an improved effort from Falcon (1353) and consistency from the Territory (1357) and Focus (1232) – saw the blue oval brand squeeze past Hyundai (7732) and Mazda (7685) into third position for the month.

Honda was the big mover in August, with sales skyrocketing to 3842 units, representing an 88.8 per cent increase compared with the same month in 2011.

Nissan, Volkswagen and Subaru all continued their climb with double-digit percentage growth, while Mitsubishi sales fell 16.0 per cent, leaving it precariously perched with VW snapping at its heels.

The Toyota Corolla (2945) fell just 45 sales short of making August a Toyota 1-2, while the locally made Holden Cruze (2628) and Commodore (2435) – despite sales sliding 18.7 per cent and 33.9 per cent respectively – rounded out the top five.

The Mazda CX-5 (1679) was again the country’s most popular SUV, surging into ninth overall behind the Hyundai i30 and Nissan Navara.

The Toyota Yaris (1481) topped the light-car segment ahead of the Hyundai i20 (1362), Holden Barina (1225), Mazda2 (1157) and the Suzuki Swift (1053).

The Volkswagen Golf (1505) was the best-selling small car of those outside the top 10, and was followed closely by the Honda Civic (1360), Focus and the Mitsubishi Lancer (1231).

The Ford Mondeo (497) won a tight battle for second place in the mid-size segment, leading the Mazda6 (492), BMW 3 Series (487) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (446).

The Nissan Dualis (1316) pipped the Hyundai ix35 (1113) in the small SUV segment, while the larger Nissan X-Trail (1358) and Toyota RAV4 (1085) trailed behind the CX-5 in the medium class.

The Holden Captiva 7 (1497) upstaged the Territory and the Toyota Kluger (1300) in the large SUV segment, becoming Holden’s third-best-selling model in the process.

 

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – August 2012

  1. Toyota HiLux – 4010
  2. Mazda3 – 2990
  3. Toyota Corolla – 2945
  4. Holden Cruze – 2628
  5. Holden Commodore – 2435
  6. Toyota Camry – 2130
  7. Hyundai i30 – 2125
  8. Nissan Navara – 2017
  9. Mazda CX-5 – 1679
  10. Ford Ranger – 1629

 

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2012 to date

  1. Mazda3 – 28,158
  2. Toyota HiLux – 27,585
  3. Toyota Corolla – 24,956
  4. Holden Cruze – 20,940
  5. Holden Commodore – 20,694
  6. Hyundai i30 – 18,170
  7. Nissan Navara – 17,961
  8. Toyota Camry – 14,853
  9. Toyota Yaris – 12,835
  10. Toyota Prado – 12,035

 

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – August 2012

  1. Toyota – 17,996
  2. Holden – 11,271
  3. Ford – 7795
  4. Hyundai – 7732
  5. Mazda – 7685
  6. Nissan – 6487
  7. Volkswagen – 4344
  8. Mitsubishi – 4075
  9. Honda – 3842
  10. Subaru – 3204

 

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2012 to date

  1. Toyota – 141,811
  2. Holden – 76,390
  3. Mazda – 67,769
  4. Hyundai – 60,645
  5. Ford – 58,128
  6. Nissan – 52,521
  7. Mitsubishi – 38,642
  8. Volkswagen – 35,274
  9. Subaru – 27,568
  10. Honda – 22,864



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