As we now know, 2015 was a record-breaking year for the Australian new vehicle market, with VFACTS recording total registrations of 1,155,408 cars, SUVs and commercials.
As you can read in full detail here, Toyota finished well clear in first place, with about 18 per cent market share, ahead of Mazda — the first full importer to take silver. Holden, Hyundai and Mitsubishi made up the top five. The Toyota Corolla was the top selling car.
But here we have a full breakdown of each and every vehicle segment, tracking their respective volumes, growth and best performers.
In the very broadest sense, we saw the gap between SUVs and passenger cars narrow to the point where an intersection seems imminent. SUVs had a market share in 2015 of 35.4 per cent, up from 31.7 just one year earlier. At the same time, passenger cars fell 3.1 points to 44.6.
We also saw a disproportionately high growth among premium vehicles of most stripes, be they:
Light Cars above $25,000 (up 15.6 per cent), Small Cars over $40,000 (up 6.7 per cent), Medium Cars over $60,000 (up 18.8 per cent), Sports Cars over $200,000 (up 17.3 per cent), SUV Medium over $60,000 (up 35.9 per cent) and SUV Upper Large over $100,000 (up 26.8 per cent).
More broadly, of the 1.155 million vehicles sold in 2015, 515,683 were passenger cars (down 3 per cent), while 408,471 were SUVs (up 15.9 per cent). Light commercials accounted for 199,070 (up 0.6 per cent) and heavy commercials managed 32,184 (up 2.7 per cent).
The five most popular segments were: small cars (20.2 per cent market share), medium SUVs (12.5), large SUVs (12.1), 4×4 utes (11.6) and light cars (9.7, just 0.1 per share points ahead of a growing small SUV market).
Segment-by-segment breakdown for all of 2015:
Full segments by market share:
Micro (10,717, down 32.3 per cent):
Light under $25K (106,451 up 2.6 per cent):
Light over $25K (5503, up 15.6 per cent):
Small under $40K (215,361, down 8.7 per cent):
Small over $40K (17,761, up 6.7 per cent):
Medium under $60K (52,123, up 9.7 per cent):
Medium over $60K (26,000, up 18.8 per cent):
Large under $70K 39,159, down 8.1 per cent):
Large over $70K (4781, down 4.6 per cent):
Upper Large under $100K (2204, down 21.2 per cent):
Upper Large above $100K (772, down 10 per cent):
People-movers under $60K (11,454, up 19.5 per cent):
People-movers over $60K (492, down 22.3 per cent):
Sports under $80K (13,987, down 5.6 per cent):
Sports over $80K (7370, down 3.9 per cent):
Sports over $200K (1548, up 17.3 per cent):
SUV Small under $40K (99,968, up 23.8 per cent):
SUV Small over $40K (11,307, up 70.6 per cent):
SUV Medium under $60K (127,489, up 13.4 per cent):
SUV Medium over $60K (17,448, up 35.9 per cent):
SUV Large under $70K (117,844, up 9.4 per cent):
SUV Large over $70K (21,890, up 8.7 per cent):
SUV Upper Large under $100K (11,077, up 1.4 per cent):
SUV Upper Large over $100K (1448, up 26.8 per cent):
Light Vans (3899, up 17.5 per cent):
Medium Vans (17,094, up 7.6 per cent):
4×2 utes (40,657, down 2.8 per cent):
4×4 utes (134,003, up 0.3 per cent):