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The interminable federal election campaign failed to put a dampener on new vehicle sales last month, with a new all-time record figure set.

During June, traditionally the year’s biggest selling month, sales grew by 2.2 per cent to 128,569 to an all-time record high, with SUVs and commercials counterbalancing the 4.5 per cent reduction in passenger cars.

The market shares were: passenger (41.9), SUV (35.8) and light commercial (19.6), and it was business fleets doing all the heavy lifting. No federal election hesitancy, then.

Let’s look at the year’s sixth month in more detail here, sourced from federal VFACTS data.

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Summary

For the fourth successive month, the Hyundai i30 was the nation’s most popular new vehicle. The 6432 registered sales last month was the highest individual tally for any new vehicle in more than a decade, and enough for it to overtake the Toyota HiLux as the leading vehicle year-to-date (YTD)

The biggest growth segments immediately before the end of the financial year were medium vans (up 32 per cent), sports cars (up 23.4 per cent), small SUVs (up 18.2 per cent) and people-movers (up 11.1 per cent). 4×4 utes also did well, up 7.4 per cent.

Taking hits were micro cars (down 28.7 per cent), upper large cars (down 27.8 per cent), small vans (surprisingly down 27.5 per cent), light buses (down 20.8 per cent) and light cars (down 19.1 per cent).

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Top brands June 2016

Top of the pops as always was Toyota with 22,083 sales, up 2.7 per cent. This was ahead of Mazda (a massive 12,455, up 8.1 per cent) and Hyundai (an equally impressive 12,300, up 11.7 per cent).

Tier two were Holden (11,376, down 4.6 per cent), Mitsubishi (8726, down 3.2 per cent), Ford (8316, up 4.7 per cent), Nissan (6781, up 2.2 per cent), Volkswagen (5933, down 16.5 per cent with more detail here), Honda (5265, down 0.9 per cent) and Kia (5170, up a massive 41 per cent).

Knocking on the door to the top ten were Subaru (5135, up 14.1 per cent), Mercedes-Benz (3942, up 7.7 per cent), BMW (3255, up 15.7 per cent), Isuzu Ute (2364, down 11.6 per cent) and Audi (2271, up 2.5 per cent).

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Strong growth was recorded by a suite of other brands, including Jaguar (229, up 209.5 per cent as the XE and new XF hit full stream), sister brand Land Rover (1339, up 30.3 per cent), Chinese van-maker LDV (159, up 174 per cent), and Porsche (453, up 18.6 per cent).

A range of ultra high-end brands also recorded big growth in June, including: Aston Martin (14, up 75 per cent), Bentley (18, up 50 per cent), Lamborghini (11, up 57 per cent) and Rolls-Royce (6, up 50 per cent).

Losers included Alfa Romeo (80, down 49 per cent), Chrysler (52, down 72 per cent), Dodge (37, down 80 per cent), Fiat (237, down 52 per cent), Foton (98, down 12.5 per cent), Jeep (1192, down 55 per cent), Lexus (1009, down 15 per cent), Peugeot (354, down 30 per cent), Proton (17, down 54 per cent), SsangYong (28, down 78 per cent) and Volvo Car (465, down 35 per cent).

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Top models June 2016

Number one was the i30 with 6432, up 16.5 per cent. It’s the fourth month in a row, and its cumulative tally of 22,857 this year (up 45 per cent) outstrips all other vehicles on sale. Add in the Elantra sedan (2517) and this lead extends even further.

The June number two was the HiLux with 4613. The Toyota Corolla was the number two passenger car, and three overall, with 4427 (up 6.6 per cent) ahead of traditional rival the Mazda 3 (4112, about even). Fifth overall was the Ford Ranger with 4078, though it outsold the HiLux in more profitable 4×4 sales (3477 versus 3385).

Rounding out the top ten were the Holden Commodore with 3054 (or 3763 with Caprice and Ute included), Toyota Camry on 3049 (or 3508 with Aurion included), Mitsubishi Triton (2858), Mazda CX-5 (2643) and Holden Colorado (2397).

Interestingly, the order and make-up of the top six was identical to May 2016.

The top-selling vehicles in each segment were: Holden Spark (micro), Hyundai Accent (light), i30 (small), Camry (medium), Commodore (large), Caprice (upper large), Kia Carnival (people-mover), Ford Mustang (sports), Mitsubishi ASX (small SUV), CX-5 (medium SUV), Holden Captiva (large SUV), Toyota LandCruiser (upper large SUV), Toyota HiAce (van) and HiLux (ute).

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Miscellaneous

We have hit the half way point of the year and the Australian new vehicle market remains on record pace, with 598,140 new vehicles sold to the end of June, up 3.4 per cent.

Sales grew fastest in the ACT (up 12.7 per cent to 2133), ahead of Victoria (up 5 per cent to 34,262), South Australia (up 4.5 per cent to 7613), the NT (up 4.3 per cent to 1240) and NSW (up 3.2 per cent to 43,449). Queensland was even at 27,270, while Tasmania (1853) and WA (10,749) both went backwards nearly 7 per cent.

It was business fleets that drove the growth, with sales growing in June by 10.7 per cent to 46,162. Private sales dropped 2.3 per cent to 70,015 (though private SUV sales were up), while rental (5170, down 2.4 per cent) and government (3653, down 3.1 per cent) also dropped.

Our main trading partner for new vehicles was Japan (34,017, down 1.1 per cent) ahead of Thailand (31,848, up 6.7 per cent), Korea (20,765, up 22.5 per cent), Germany (8695, down 5.6 per cent) and the USA (5257, down 24.1 per cent). There were 9857 Australian-made cars sold (up 2 per cent).

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In releasing the June 2016 new car sales figures, FCAI CEO Tony Weber said the June result scotched any suggestion that a federal election campaign may have a dampening effect on consumer activity, and that buyers responded vigorously to the value that was on offer in the marketplace.

“The end of the financial year historically is always very busy for the industry but this was an exceptional month,” he said.

“This time the final month of the financial year led right into a Federal election and yet despite some suggestions this may stifle consumer sentiment, the market continued its strong momentum.

“Without any doubt this proves that competition is fierce, this is providing an important stimulative effect on our economy, and the current market environment is at its healthiest in decades by delivering affordable vehicles that are attractive to customers.”

Top ten brands June 2016
Toyota — 22,083 (up 2.7 per cent)
Mazda — 12,455 (up 8.1 per cent)
Hyundai — 12,300 (up 11.7 per cent)
Holden — 11,376 (down 4.6 per cent)
Mitsubishi — 8726, (down 3.2 per cent)
Ford — 8316 (up 4.7 per cent)
Nissan — 6781 (up 2.2 per cent)
Volkswagen — 5933 (down 16.5 per cent)
Honda — 5265 (down 0.9 per cent)
Kia — 5170 (up 41 per cent)

Top ten models June 2016
Hyundai i30 — 6432
Toyota HiLux — 4613
Toyota Corolla — 4427
Mazda 3 — 4112
Ford Ranger — 4078
Holden Commodore — 3054
Toyota Camry — 3049
Mitsubishi Triton — 2858
Mazda CX-5 — 2643
Holden Colorado — 2397

Micro (935, down 28.7 per cent):
Holden Spark (273)
Kia Picanto (243)
Mitsubishi Mirage/Nissan Micra (126)

Light under $25k (9082, down 20 per cent):
Hyundai Accent (1772)
Toyota Yaris (1311)
Mazda 2 (1282)

Light over $25k (546, down 0.4 per cent):
Mini hatch (230)
Audi A1 (183)
Peugeot 208 (72)

Small under $40k (25,202, down 1.9 per cent):
Hyundai i30 (6432)
Toyota Corolla (4427)
Mazda 3 (4112)

Small over $40k (1787, down 4.1 per cent):
Audi A3 (491)
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (388)
BMW 1 Series (304)

Medium under $60k (5559, up 9.9 per cent):
Toyota Camry (3049)
Mazda 6 (464)
Subaru Liberty (444)

Medium over $60k (2525, down 4.7 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (649)
BMW 3 Series (615)
Mercedes-Benz CLA (390)

Large under $70k (4068, up 1.1 per cent):
Holden Commodore (3054)
Ford Falcon (475)
Toyota Aurion (459)

Large over $70k (322, down 42.6 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (65)
BMW 5 Series (59)
Mercedes-Benz CLS (49)

Upper Large under $100k (153, down 43.3 per cent):
Holden Caprice (101)
Chrysler 300 (52)

Upper Large above $100k (81, up 50 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (34)
BMW 7 Series (18)
Jaguar XJ (9)

People-movers under $60k (1212, up 3.9 per cent):
Kia Carnival (433)
Honda Odyssey (359)
Volkswagen Multivan (123)

People-movers over $60k (87, up >999 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz V-Class (52)
Mercedes-Benz Valente (35)

Sports under $80k (1330, up 37 per cent):
Ford Mustang (382)
BMW 2 Series (240)
Toyota 86 (190)

Sports over $80k (792, up 9.2 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (254)
BMW 4 Series (169)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (128)

Sports over $200k (150, up 3.4 per cent):
Porsche 911 (38)
Ferrari line-up (17)
BMW 6 Series (15)

SUV Small under $40k (11,790, up 15.3 per cent):
Mitsubishi ASX (2182)
Mazda CX-3 (1790)
Honda HRV (1696)

SUV Small over $40k (1235, up 55.3 per cent):
Audi Q3 (431)
BMW X1 (406)
Mercedes-Benz GLA (358)

SUV Medium under $60k (14,024, up 8 per cent):
Mazda CX-5 (2643)
Toyota RAV4 (2088)
Nissan X-Trail (1908)

SUV Medium over $60k (2572, up 12.2 per cent):
Audi Q5 (429)
Land Rover Discovery Sport (424)
BMW X3 (396)

SUV Large under $70k (12,472, up 1 per cent):
Holden Captiva (1741)
Toyota Prado (1357)
Toyota Kluger (1315)

SUV Large over $70k (2661, up 8.2 per cent):
BMW X5 (559)
Audi Q7 (314)
Land Rover Discovery (311)

SUV Upper Large under $100k (1026, up 1.6 per cent):
Toyota LandCruiser (842)
Nissan Patrol (184)

SUV Upper Large over $100k (231, up 59.3 per cent):
Mercedes-Benz GLS (136)
Range Rover (47)
Lexus LX (18)

Light buses <= 20 seats (232, down 20.8 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (197)
Renault Master (18)
Ford Transit (9)

Light Vans (461, down 27.5 per cent):
Volkswagen Caddy Van (244)
Renault Kangoo (123)
Suzuki APV (47)

Medium Vans (2320, up 32 per cent):
Toyota HiAce (739)
Hyundai iLoad (636)
Volkswagen Transporter (282)

4×2 Utes (4866, down 2.1 per cent):
Toyota HiLux (1228)
Holden Ute (608)
Mazda BT-50 (602)

4×4 Utes (17,242, up 7.4 per cent):
Ford Ranger (3477)
Toyota HiLux (3385)
Mitsubishi Triton (2533)

Want to know how your car sold in June 2016? Ask us below in the comments and we’ll tell you. 




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