The Toyota Corolla has all but sewn up Australia’s 2013 sales crown, edging further ahead of the Mazda 3 with just two months of the year remaining.
The Corolla was again the country’s top-selling car in October, beating the Mazda 3 by 248 sales (3861 to 3613). The compact Toyota extended its advantage over its fellow Japanese rival – now deep in runout mode before the launch of the new Mazda 3 in January – to 1506 units (35,900 to 34,394) for 2013 to date.
October was also a momentous one for the Holden Commodore, with the locally manufactured large car notching up 3315 sales – its best monthly result in more than two years.
The Commodore knocked the Toyota HiLux (3172) off the monthly podium in October, and surged ahead of its assembly line sister, the Cruze, in year-to-date sales, claiming fifth position overall with 22,121 units.
The same 10 vehicles that were top sellers in September maintained positions inside the top 10 in October, though in a slightly revised order. The Hyundai i30 (2379) held onto fifth ahead of the Toyota Camry (2251), the Ford Ranger (2027) pipped the Nissan Navara (1969), and the Volkswagen Golf (1967) beat the Cruze (1923) for ninth position.
There was little movement among the top-selling brands in October, with Toyota, Holden and Hyundai retaining their positions on the podium ahead of Mazda and Ford.
Nissan jumped back ahead of Mitsubishi into sixth, while Kia was the big mover, knocking Honda out of the top 10 with 2529 sales to its Japanese rival’s 2453.
The Ford Falcon sedan (1076) had its best month since June, taking it to 8159 sales for the year (down 30.4 per cent), giving it some hope of eclipsing 10,000 units in 2013.
The Territory (1114) again outsold the Falcon last month, and is just 7.3 per cent off 2012’s pace at 11,553 year-to-date.
The Hyundai i20 (1732) led the way in the city-car segment ahead of the Toyota Yaris (1327) and Mazda 2 (1011).
The Ford Focus (1432), Honda Civic (820) and Mitsubishi Lancer (802) were the next best small cars after the five inside the top 10.
The Camry dominated the mid-sized class ahead of the Mazda 6 (472) and the BMW 3 Series (435), while the Toyota Aurion (599) filled its usual third ranking in the large-car segment.
The Hyundai ix35 (1480) was the top-selling small SUV, beating the Mitsubishi ASX (833) and the Subaru XV (706).
The Toyota RAV4 (1598) and Mazda CX-5 (1540) fought a tight battle at the top of the medium SUV class, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee (1373) pipped the Holden Colorado 7 (1292), Territory and Toyota Kluger (1090) in the large SUV category.
The Holden Utility (615) ran a close second to the HiLux (768) in the 4×2 ute class, though the Toyota was untouchable in the 4×4 segment, with 2404 sales leading the Navara (1860), Mitsubishi Triton (1518) and the Ranger (1502).
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – October 2013
Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2013 to date
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – October 2013 (growth over October 2012)
Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2013 to date (growth over 2012 to date)