The Toyota Corolla is set to claim the 2013 title of Australia's best-selling car, with November seeing the small car extend its lead over its nearest rival, the Mazda 3.
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Up almost seven per cent on 2012, the small car segment again led the national sales race, with the Toyota Corolla continuing to edge the Mazda 3 – 3894 units to 3666.

Year-to-date, the gap separating the two at the top is now 1734 vehicles (39,794 versus 38,060) – with the Mazda unlikely to fight back in December with the 3 in run-out ahead of the new-gen model due in January.

Mazda 3

The Toyota HiLux improved one spot from October moving into third place for the month, followed by the Hyundai i30 with its 3157 sales figure up 778 on last month.

The sixth-placed Toyota Camry (2375) also improved on its last month sales – up 124 units – to again take out its mid-sized class ahead of the Mazda 6 (538) and luxury twins the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (519) and BMW 3 Series (410).

Despite large cars being down almost 17 per cent on last year, November saw 5544 vehicles in the segment sold, delivering sales of 3097 for the Holden Commodore and 1227 for the Ford Falcon – both up on November 2012 figures.

Holden Commodore

Enough to keep the Commodore in the top five, the result – down 218 from last month – puts the local sedan down two spots from its third place October finish.

The Falcon's November result, its best since October 2012 (1391), means it should avoid the ignominy of failing to reach 10,000 units (currently 9386) in 2013.

Up two places from last month, the Volkswagen Golf (2069) claimed seventh position ahead of the Ford Ranger (2014) and ninth-placed Holden Cruze (1846) – itself up from last month's 10th position.

Shifting 1703 units, the Mitsubishi Triton rounded out the top 10 and claimed third spot in its class behind the HiLux and Ranger and ahead of the Nissan Navara (1482), Holden Colorado (1404) and Mazda BT-50 (1111). Sales of both the Falcon ute (413) and Commodore-based equivalent (655) were also down in November, compared with the same time last year.

Mazda CX-5

Just shy of making the Top 10 listing, the Mazda CX-5 (1700) trumped the SUV segment ahead of the Ford Territory (1584), Toyota RAV4 (1549), Subaru Forester (1521) and Hyundai ix35 (1491). The Subaru XV also had a strong month with 1339 units sold.

November's top-selling brands was dominated at the top by the usual suspects, Toyota, Holden, Hyundai, Mazda and Ford, while lower down the order Honda bounced back into the top ten with 2636 sales.

The result shifts October's surprise mover, Kia (2502), back out of the list, which for November now places it down in 12th behind Mercedes-Benz (2541).

With only one month left to go, 2013 is on course to break 2012's Australian industry record for vehicle sales with 1,039,471 cars sold to-date – 22,866 units or more than two per cent up on this time last year.

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – November 2013

  1. Toyota Corolla – 3894
  2. Mazda 3 – 3666
  3. Toyota HiLux – 3368
  4. Hyundai i30 – 3157
  5. Holden Commodore – 3097
  6. Toyota Camry – 2375
  7. Volkswagen Golf – 2069
  8. Ford Ranger – 2014
  9. Holden Cruze – 1846
  10. Mitsubishi Triton - 1703

Top 10 Best-selling Vehicles – 2013 to date

  1. Toyota Corolla – 39,794
  2. Mazda 3 – 38,060
  3. Toyota HiLux –36,457
  4. Hyundai i30 – 28,035
  5. Holden Commodore – 25,218
  6. Holden Cruze – 22,959
  7. Nissan Navara – 22,177
  8. Mitsubishi Triton – 21,491
  9. Toyota Camry – 21,326
  10. Ford Ranger – 20,111

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – November 2013 (growth over November 2012)

  1. Toyota – 18,098 (-6.3 per cent)
  2. Holden – 10,477 (+1.2 per cent)
  3. Hyundai – 8530 (+10.0 per cent)
  4. Mazda – 8399 (-3.8 per cent)
  5. Ford – 7914 (-7.2 per cent)
  6. Nissan – 5482 (-21.8 per cent)
  7. Mitsubishi – 5148 (+2.8 per cent)
  8. Volkswagen – 4977 (+13.9 per cent)
  9. Subaru – 4232 (+31.8 per cent)
  10. Honda - 2636 (-34.2 per cent)

Top 10 Best-selling Brands – 2013 to date (growth over 2012 to date)

  1. Toyota – 195,020 (-1.0 per cent)
  2. Holden – 102,909 (-2.9 per cent)
  3. Mazda – 94,618 (+0.3 per cent)
  4. Hyundai – 89,259 (+6.5 per cent)
  5. Ford – 80,364 (-2.9 per cent)
  6. Nissan – 70,228 (-3.0 per cent)
  7. Mitsubishi – 64,822 (+18.3 per cent)
  8. Volkswagen – 50,217 (+0.1 per cent)
  9. Honda – 36,748 (+14.1 per cent)
  10. Subaru – 36,540 (-1.8 per cent)