HiLux, Corolla and Ranger lead the pack as market breaks another record
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New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units - enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace.

It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved.

July's market-wide figure was about 30 per cent lower than June's sales, which is common given huge EOFY incentives that always make the year's sixth month its biggest by volume.

Top brands

The market leaders were Toyota (17,931, up 3 per cent on July '16), Mazda (9528, up almost 13 per cent), Hyundai (7501, down 1 per cent), Holden (6467, down 8.5 per cent) and Ford (6270, down 9 per cent).

Next in line were Mitsubishi (6020, up 11 per cent), Kia (4266, up 20 per cent), Subaru (one unit behind Kia, up 27 per cent), Nissan (4094, battling to be down 23 per cent) and Volkswagen (3803, down 9 per cent).

Positions 11-20 were occupied by Honda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Isuzu Ute, Suzuki, Land Rover, Renault, Lexus and Jeep.

See our table below for a greater level of detail.

Top models

As has become familiar, it was the Toyota HiLux that was the sales king for July, up 19 per cent to 3742 units. It nudged out its Corolla stablemate, and the Ford Ranger (3076, up 7 per cent), which remains the annual leader in the 4x4 part of the market.

The only other vehicles to top 2000 units were the Mazda 3, Toyota Camry, Mazda CX-5 and new Hyundai i30, while rounding out the top 10 were the Toyota RAV4 (1736), Hyundai Tucson (1719), Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and 200 Series combined (1713).

Key segments

Micro carKia Picanto — 223Mitsubishi Mirage — 113Holden Spark — 69
Light carHyundai Accent — 1642Mazda 2 — 947Toyota Yaris — 853
Small carToyota Corolla — 3208Mazda 3 — 2466Hyundai i30 — 2123
Medium carToyota Camry — 2385Benz C-Class — 538Mazda 6 — 272
Large carCommodore — 1633Toyota Aurion — 261Benz E-Class — 150
People-moverKia Carnival — 544Honda Odyssey — 163Hyundai iMax — 90
Sports carFord Mustang — 919Benz C-Class —185Hyundai Veloster — 153
Small SUVMitsubishi ASX — 1544Mazda CX-3 — 1420Nissan Qashqai — 1239
Medium SUVMazda CX-5 — 2305Toyota RAV4 — 1736Hyundai Tucson — 1719
Medium SUV luxLR Disco Sport — 362Audi Q5 — 325BMW X3 — 276
Large SUVToyota Prado — 1217Toyota Kluger — 990Mazda CX-9 — 919
Large SUV luxBMW X5 — 394LR Discovery — 341Audi Q7 — 279
Vans Toyota HiAce — 596Hyundai iLoad — 377VW Transporter — 163
4x2 utes Toyota HiLux — 940Ford Ranger — 449Isuzu D-Max — 390
4x4 utes Toyota HiLux — 2802Ford Ranger — 2627Mitsubishi Triton — 1324

Again, see the table nearer the bottom of the story for a more detailed breakdown.


Once again it was SUV sales doing the heavy lifting, up more than 9 per cent and owning 40 per cent market share. Passenger cars fell 6 per cent in sales, to sit on 38.6 per cent market share, while light commercials (utes and vans) ended at 18.3 per cent share.

Top-five segments by volume in July were small cars (18.3 per cent share), medium SUVs (16.3 per cent), 4x4 utes (12.3 per cent), large SUVs (11.9 per cent) and small SUVs (10.3 per cent).

Private sales were 41,220 (down 0.9 per cent), Business fleets purchases 38,892 vehicles (up 1.8 per cent), rentals grew 16.5 per cent to 6756 and government sales dropped 6.2 per cent to 2919.

Northern Territory produced the strongest sales growth across the states and territories, posting a 10 per cent gain. South Australia had the second-largest growth rate at 8.7 per cent, followed by Victoria (+4.2 per cent), New South Wales (+1.3 per cent) and Queensland (+0.5 per cent).

Japan remained our strongest source of vehicle imports for July with 27,524 vehicles, followed by Thailand (21,915), South Korea (13,656), Germany (6,542), USA (4,026), and England (3,163). Australian-made equalled 4821.

Popular demand: Isuzu MU-X (638), Ford Everest (456), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (311), Holden Trailblazer (249) and Toyota Fortuner (246).


Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber said the record July outcome was notable in that it came directly after the industry’s best-ever monthly result in June.

“This July figure demonstrates the industry’s ability to deliver products which are not only good value but cater specifically for the changing needs of Australian customers,” he said.

“The steady rise in small and medium SUV sales are indicative of our market’s changing dynamic and manufacturers are moving quickly to meet those new needs and expectations.”

Top 30 brands July 2017

Toyota17,931up 2.7 per cent
Mazda9528up 12.6 per cent
Hyundai7501down 1.3 per cent
Holden6467down 8.5 per cent
Ford6270down 9.1 per cent
Mitsubishi6020up 11.2 per cent
Kia4266up 20 per cent
Subaru 4265up 27.1 per cent
Nissan4094down 22.8 per cent
Volkswagen3803down 9.3 per cent
Honda 3493up 9.2 per cent
Mercedes-Benz 3082down 2 per cent
BMW2152up 5 per cent
Audi2114up 9.2 per cent
Isuzu Ute1882up 1.8 per cent
Suzuki1519up 7.2 per cent
Land Rover1154down 4.1 per cent
Renault763up 2.3 per cent
Lexus669down 7.3 per cent
Jeep510down 33.3 per cent
Skoda508up 38 per cent
Volvo Car392down 25.9 per cent
Mini379up 29.4 per cent
Porsche326up 2.2 per cent
Fiat231down 13.5 per cent
Jaguar 210down 18.9 per cent
LDV207up 65.6 per cent
Peugeot106down 61.7 per cent
Alfa Romeo71up 51.1 per cent

Top 30 models July 2017

Toyota HiLux3742up 19 per cent
Toyota Corolla3208down 6.4 per cent
Ford Ranger3076up 7 per cent
Mazda 32466up 64.3 per cent
Toyota Camry2385up 9.8 per cent
Mazda CX-52305up 19.2 per cent
Hyundai i302123down 4.2 per cent
Toyota RAV41736down 4.9 per cent
Hyundai Tucson1719up 30.9 per cent
Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series/200 Series1713down 3.2 per cent
Mitsubishi Triton1708up 27 per cent
Hyundai Accent1642down 4.9 per cent
Holden Commodore1633down 12.9 per cent
Mitsubishi ASX 1544up 36.6 per cent
Nissan X-Trail 1463up 47.6 per cent
Mazda CX-31420down 18.6 per cent
Kia Cerato 1327up 19.4 per cent
Holden Colorado 1311down 20.5 per cent
Isuzu D-Max1244down 7 per cent
Nissan Qashqai1239up 16.8 per cent
Toyota Prado 1217down 2.5 per cent
Mitsubishi Outlander1143up 33.7 per cent
Subaru XV1138up 88.1 per cent
Holden Astra1125
Mazda BT-501089down 2.5 per cent
Honda Civic1072down 2.3 per cent
Kia Sportage 1045up 16 per cent
Volkswagen Golf1005down 35.8 per cent
Toyota Kluger990up 3.8 per cent
Nissan Navara958down 37.7 per cent

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