New vehicle sales grew 2.5 per cent in November compared to the same month in 2016, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record — eclipsing last year’s high-water mark.
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Year-to-date (YTD), the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has recorded 1,086,296 sales of new cars, SUV and commercials. The magic million has once again been achieved.

SUVs captured 40.2 per cent of the market, ahead of passenger cars (36.4) and light commercials (19.8). The strongest market segments by share were Small Cars (18.1), Medium SUVs (16.9), 4x4 Utes (14.2), Small SUVs (11.1) and Large SUVs (10.8).

There were no great surprises for the top-selling brands, which were as usual Toyota, Mazda and Hyundai — in that order. The most popular models were likewise not surprising, led by the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla.


Toyota led the way, and grew 3.5 per cent doing so, on 18,804 units. This doubled the runner-up Mazda, on 9330 (down 5 per cent) and Hyundai in third (8781, up 9.9 per cent).

Rounding out the top ten were Holden (showing modest but welcome growth), Mitsubishi, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan (down 20 per cent), Honda (up a massive 26.5 per cent) and Kia. See the tables below for more detailed results.

Filling in positions 11-20 were Subaru — despite growing by a few per cent — Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Ute, Audi, BMW (down 23 per cent), Suzuki, Renault, Land Rover, Jeep and Lexus.

Smaller-volume brands that grew in volume over November 2016 included Alfa Romeo (116, up 251.5 per cent), Fiat Professional (160, up 52.4 per cent), Haval (63, up 34 per cent), LDV (343, up 157.9 per cent), Peugeot (flying under its new distributor, up 361.3 per cent to 512), Porsche (319, up 67.9 per cent) and Skoda (in 21st spot, up 20.4 per cent to 536).

Super-premium brands Aston Martin (up 37.5 per cent), Ferrari (up 69.6 per cent), Lamborghini (up 300 per cent), Maserati (up 90.6 per cent), McLaren (up 125 per cent) and Rolls-Royce (up 350 per cent) all smashed it out of the park, with their ships clearly coming in.

Among the key vehicle segments across all body types, Toyota led no fewer than six, compared to two for Kia (micro cars and people movers), then one each for Mazda, Hyundai, Holden, Ford and Mitsubishi.


The top-ten models were the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai Accent.

Next in line were the Toyota Camry (mostly runout old-generation Australia-made stock), Holden Colorado, Holden Commodore (now out of production here and to be imported from February 2018), Nissan X-Trail, Volkswagen Golf, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Holden Astra (a great month), Kia Cerato and Honda Civic.

Key segment leaders

Micro Kia PicantoHolden SparkFiat 500
LightHyundai AccentToyota YarisMazda 2
Small Toyota CorollaMazda 3Hyundai i30
Medium Toyota CamryMercedes-Benz C-ClassMazda 6
Large Holden CommodoreKia StingerToyota Aurion
People Mover Kia CarnivalHonda OdysseyToyota Tarago
Sports Ford MustangMercedes-Benz C-ClassHyundai Veloster
Small SUV Mitsubishi ASXMazda CX-3Nissan Qashqai
Medium SUVMazda CX-5Hyundai TucsonToyota RAV4
Large SUVToyota PradoToyota KlugerToyota LandCruiser
Vans Toyota HiaceHyundai iLoadMercedes-Benz Sprinter
4x2 Utes Toyota HiLuxIsuzu D-MaxFord Ranger
4x4 Utes Toyota HiLuxFord RangerHolden Colorado


  • State and territory sales: NSW 33,463, Victoria 29,332, Queensland 19,134, WA 8685, SA 6330, Tasmania 2021, ACT 1611 and NT 789.
  • Five fastest-growing non-niche brands: Peugeot up 361.3 per cent, Alfa Romeo up 251.5 per cent, LDV up 157.9 per cent, Porsche up 67.9 per cent and Honda up 26.5 per cent.
  • Private sales (45,729) edged out business purchases (41,350). Rental (7225) and government fleets (3432) rounded this out.
  • Five top vehicle source countries: Japan 29,587, Thailand 24,963, Korea 15,749, Germany 8024 and Australia 4089.
  • Hybrid car sales totalled just 884 units.
  • By request: Isuzu MU-X 747, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 496, Ford Everest 465, Toyota Fortuner 321 and Holden Trailblazer 271.

Top 20 models, November 2017

Ford Ranger3576
Toyota Corolla2959
Mazda 32464
Hyundai Tucson2121
Mitsubishi ASX1948
Hyundai Accent1914
Mitsubishi Triton1752
Isuzu D-Max1699
Holden Astra1480
Kia Cerato1476
Honda Civic1439

Top 20 brands, November 2017

Toyota18,804up 3.5%
Mazda9330down 5%
Hyundai8781up 9.9%
Holden7955up 2.6%
Mitsubishi6678up 13.7%
Ford6275down 8.1%
Volkswagen5364up 10.3%
Nissan5077down 19.9%
Honda4431up 26.5%
Kia4305up 20.5%
Subaru4265up 3%
Mercedes-Benz3224down 9%
Isuzu Ute2446up 21%
Audi1891down 6.8%
BMW1628down 23%
Suzuki1356down 12.8%
Land Rover 943up 9.7%
Renault905down 16.7%
Jeep623down 39.9%
Lexus598down 3.5%

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