Ford, Holden and Nissan struggle; Kia on the march; HiLux stays #1

New-vehicle sales fell 2.1 per cent in May over the same month in 2017, to 100,754 units. However, the market remains on track to eclipse last year’s all-time annual record, with 475,222 sales counted over the first five months.

SUV sales grew by 8.4 per cent in May, yielding 42,973 buyers or 42.7 per cent market share. Passenger car sales fell a statistically significant 15.6 per cent, reducing their market share to 32.5 per cent*.

Light commercial vehicles managed market share of 20.9 per cent in the lead-up to the end of the financial year. But as has become common, three of the top-ten overall sellers were pickups/utes, including the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger in positions 1-2.