New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It's the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever.
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Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars. One-in-five new vehicles purchased last month was a van, bus or ute.

The overall market leader once again was the Toyota HiLux, the sixth month in succession it has been Australia's top pick. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla rounded out the podium.

Sales in every State and Territory - with the exception of Tasmania - grew in August, led by the ACT (up 9.4 per cent), WA (up 4.2 per cent) and Qld (up 3.5 per cent). Both NSW and Victoria were up slightly.

Top brands

Top of the charts was Toyota with 18,511 sales, though it was down 0.7 per cent. Next were Mazda (8511, down 8.1 per cent) and Hyundai (7800, up 19.3 per cent and arresting recent declines).

Then came Holden (6984, down 8.9 per cent), Mitsubishi (6649, up 8.4 per cent) and Ford (6645, down 3 per cent).

Beyond this were Volkswagen (4730, up 21.5 per cent), Subaru (4579, up 36.2 per cent) and Kia (4507, up 21.5 per cent). Good growth from that trio...

Rounding out the top 10 was Nissan, battling to 4095 (down 27.1 per cent). It held at bay Honda (3724, up 20.5 per cent) and Mercedes-Benz (3400, up 4 per cent).

See the table below for a list of the top 20 brands on sale.

Smaller-volume brands that showed good growth included: Alfa Romeo (up 134.1 per cent thanks to the Giulia), Haval (up 69.2 per cent), Isuzu Ute (up 29.4 per cent), LDV (up 26.4 per cent), Maserati (up 33.3 per cent), Mini (up 17.7 per cent), Peugeot (up 70.8 per cent, its first growth month in ages), Porsche (up 19.6 per cent), Renault (up 6.9 per cent), Skoda (up 59.5 per cent), and Suzuki (up 14.1 per cent).

Losers for the month included: Audi (down 28.3 per cent), BMW (down 13.6 per cent), Citroen (down 57.3 per cent), Fiat (down 32.7 per cent), Infiniti (down 42.2 per cent), Jaguar (down 36.4 per cent), Jeep (down 42.5 per cent), Lexus (down 11.2 per cent) and Volvo Car (down 44.1 per cent).

Top models

Surprise surprise: the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger topped the charts, on 4287 and 3588 respectively. The Toyota Corolla on 2948 was a distant third.

Completing the top-ten were the Hyundai Tucson on 2206, Mazda 3 on 2163, Hyundai i30 on 2143 (the new PD model is getting some momentum now), Toyota Camry on 2107, Holden Commodore sedan and Sportwagon on 2071, Mazda CX-5 on 2048 and the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and 200 Series (do you think we should combine them, commenters?) on 2036.

There's a list of the top 20 at the bottom of the story. There's also a list of the key-segment winners next.

Key segments

Micro carKia Picanto — 342Mitsubishi Mirage — 115Holden Spark — 78
Light carHyundai Accent — 1810Suzuki Swift — 912Mazda 2 — 908
Small carToyota Corolla — 2948Mazda 3 — 2163Hyundai i30 — 2143
Medium carToyota Camry — 2107Mercedes C-Class — 663Ford Mondeo — 376
Large carCommodore — 2071Toyota Aurion — 295Benz E-Class — 130
People-moverKia Carnival — 544Honda Odyssey — 171LDV G10 — 80
Sports carFord Mustang — 748Benz C-Class — 240BMW 2 Series — 126
Small SUVMitsubishi ASX — 1676Nissan Qashqai — 1454Mazda CX-3 — 1245
Medium SUVHyundai Tucson — 2206Mazda CX-5 — 2048Toyota RAV4 — 1605
Medium SUV luxLR Disco Sport — 350Audi Q5 — 344Mercedes GLC — 338
Large SUVToyota Prado — 1127Toyota Kluger — 1040Subaru Outback — 832
Large SUV luxBMW X5 — 408LR Discovery — 264Range Rover Sport — 205
Vans Toyota HiAce — 617Hyundai iLoad — 391Mercedes Sprinter — 273
4x2 utes Toyota HiLux — 1097Ford Ranger — 521Holden Ute — 451
4x4 utes Toyota HiLux — 3190Ford Ranger — 3067Mitsubishi Triton — 1653


  • Annual new vehicle sales sit at 788,968 - up 0.6 per cent over last year's record
  • The market share of SUVs in August was 39.4 per cent, compared to passenger cars on 37 per cent and light commercials on 20.2 per cent
  • The top-five segments by sales were: Small Cars (18.5 per cent share), Medium SUVs (16.4), 4x4 utes (13.7), Large SUVs (11.8) snd Small SUVs (9.5)
  • The monthly sub totals by buyer type: private 45,439 (up 3.7 per cent), business 37,460 (down 3.3 per cent), rental 7213 (up 16.3 per cent) and government 3281 (down 1.5 per cent)
  • Fuel type sales: petrol 61,399, diesel 34,234 and hybrid 916
  • Top five source countries for vehicles: Japan 27,429, Thailand 24,191, Korea 14,494, Germany 7240 and Australia 5049
  • By request: Isuzu MU-X 720, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 544, Ford Everest 447, Toyota Fortuner 299 and Holden Trailblazer 207

Quote from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

FCAI CEO Tony Weber said the rise of SUVs and light commercials was providing the generator for the industry’s growth.

“More new models coming into the market in both these segments is creating strong consumer interest and helping to fuel the industry’s momentum.

“This August result provides confidence that should all the positive contributing factors within the economy remain in place, sales during the back half of the year will keep us on track for another record year.”

Make August 2017 sales Change over August ‘16
Toyota18,511Down 0.7 per cent
Mazda8511Down 8.1 per cent
Hyundai7800Up 19.3 per cent
Holden6984Down 8.9 per cent
Mitsubishi6649Up 8.4 per cent
Ford6645Down 3 per cent
Volkswagen4730Up 21.5 per cent
Subaru4579Up 36.2 per cent
Kia4507Up 21.5 per cent
Nissan 4095Down 27.1 per cent
Honda 3724Up 20.5 per cent
Mercedes-Benz 3400Up 4 per cent
Isuzu Ute2131Up 29.4 per cent
BMW2005Down 13.6 per cent
Suzuki1844Up 14.1 per cent
Audi 1438Down 28.3 per cent
Land Rover1057Down 1.8 per cent
Renault914Up 6.9 per cent
Lexus 701Down 11.2 per cent
Jeep591Down 42.5 per cent

Make ModelAugust sales
Mazda CX-52048
ToyotaLandCruiser 70/2002036
Mitsubishi ASX1676
Toyota RAV41605
Volkswagen Golf1535
Nissan Qashqai1454
Kia Cerato1425
Isuzu UteD-Max1411

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