Biggest month of the year sees few surprises, but more than 600,000 new vehicles sold over the first half puts market on record pace.

Australia’s new vehicle sales in June this year couldn’t quite match the record tally over the same month in 2017, but 130,300 units over 26 selling days is nothing to sneeze at.

The June haul takes annual sales at the half-year mark of 2018 to 605,522 units, up 1 per cent on last year’s high-water mark. Low interest rates, LCV tax breaks and hyper-charged competition driving down prices will do that…

SUV sales rose 9.3 per cent, offsetting a double-digit decline (17.9 per cent) in passenger vehicles, while light commercial vehicles (steady) managed a higher-than-usual 22 per cent market share thanks to the usual end of financial year (EOFY) incentives.

Remarkably enough, the top three selling vehicles were utes: the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton.


Brands

Looks like 14 of the top 20 brands sold fewer vehicles in June this year than the same month in 2017, with the exceptions being fourth-placed Mitsubishi, seventh/eighth Kia and Honda, then BMW, Land Rover and Renault.

The top 20 table looks like this:

Brand

Sales

% Change

Market share

Toyota

23,171

down 5.6

17.8

Mazda

12,469

down 0.3

9.6

Hyundai

10,436

down 14.8

8.0

Mitsubishi

10,232

up 10.4

7.9

Ford

7492

down 15.4

5.7

Holden

7385

down 20.4

5.7

Kia

7067

up 4.9

5.4

Honda

7013

up 29.6

5.4

Nissan

6604

down 1.3

5.1

Volkswagen

6334

down 1.8

4.9

Subaru

4920

down 5.4

3.8

Mercedes-Benz

4613

down 5.0

3.5

Isuzu Ute

3279

down 8.0

2.5

BMW

2636

up 0.2

2.0

Audi

2028

down 5.8

1.6

Suzuki

2024

down 2.6

1.6

Land Rover

1297

up 22.0

1.0

Renault

1231

up 2.1

0.9

Lexus

961

down 11.0

0.7

Jeep

884

down 30.0

0.7

Toyota’s drop away was entirely attributable to a big fall in Camry sales. Last June it was doing huge deals to move Australian-made stock, whereas it took a more profit-minded approach with the import this year and saw sales more than half.

Mazda tracked about steady in second, while Hyundai suffered a similar issue to Toyota with its Tucson, yielding a still-impressive 2000 sales last month that nevertheless paled in comparison to June 2017’s haul. This was somewhat offset by the new Kona.

Mitsubishi just keeps on trucking with its no-nonsense range, the Eclipse Cross and Triton 4x4 being its MVPs in terms of growth. Ford and Holden both fell away by double digits: the former saw dips in its big-volume Mustang and Ranger 4x4, while the latter saw imported Commodore sales drop to half of the VFII’s last June, ditto the Astra (down 46 per cent).

The market’s fastest-grower this year is Honda, which was up almost 30 per cent in June thanks in large part to the very well-received new CR-V, now one of the bonafide segment-toppers. Nissan tracked almost steady, with a booming Qashqai offsetting the battling Navara.

Volkswagen dipped but saw strong months from its core Golf, Tiguan and Amarok, with the new supply-restricted Polo letting the team down. 11th-placed Subaru is gearing up to launch a new-generation Forester, so that model’s dip is to be expected.

Mercedes-Benz’s reduced A-Class and C-Class volumes were somewhat offset by strong GLA and GLC hauls, while the X-Class is off to a modest start – only 226 sales last month. Isuzu Ute dipped slightly but sold more than 2000 D-Max utes and more than 1000 MU-X 4x4 SUVs, ahead of any other ute-based rival by miles.

Luxury pair BMW and Audi have cauterised last year’s drops, and no surprise that some of their SUVs are doing well. We’re talking about the likes of the Q5 from the former, and the X2 and X3 from the latter - though the growth from these crossovers isn’t unanimous.

Suzuki sat in 16th thanks to a strong month from the unpretentious little Swift (more than 1000 sales), while Land Rover is back in the black thanks to the new Discovery, and swish Range Rover Velar. Renault sat in 18th thanks to the Koleos, which nearly outsold the Ford Escape in a battle of the battlers, while Lexus and Jeep made up the top 20.

Beyond this, smaller-scale brands that grew include (alphabetically): Citroen (86, up 68.6 per cent), Great Wall (121, up 157.4 per cent), Infiniti (112, up 49.3 per cent), Jaguar (361, up 39.9 per cent), LDV (616, up 102.6 per cent), MG (330, up six-fold), Mini (466, up 15.6 per cent), Peugeot (359, up 108.7 per cent), Skoda (642, up 8.1 per cent) and Volvo Car (643, up 14.4 per cent).

Battlers beyond the top 20 included Fiat (222, down 35.5 per cent), Haval (45, down 43.8 per cent) and Porsche (395, down 22.2 per cent).


Models

The top three were all utes, in order being the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger (#1 in the coveted 4x4 segment) and Mitsubishi Triton. Amazing.

The next three were small cars, the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 (would have been #1 in segment if we added Elantra) and Mazda 3. Rounding out the top 10 were the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV medium SUVs, the Kia Cerato small car and Holden Colorado ute.

Positions 11-20 were occupied by the Volkswagen Golf, Honda CR-V, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

The overall model mix in the top 20 were: 5 x utes, 5 x small cars, 6 x medium SUVs and 4 x small SUVs.

Model

Sales

Vehicle type

Toyota HiLux

5787

Ute

Ford Ranger

4768

Ute

Mitsubishi Triton

3919

Ute

Toyota Corolla

3780

Small Car

Hyundai i30

3547

Small Car

Mazda 3

3327

Small Car

Mazda CX-5

3136

Medium SUV

Toyota RAV4

2690

Medium SUV

Kia Cerato

2485

Small Car

Holden Colorado

2472

Ute

Volkswagen Golf

2317

Small Car

Honda CR-V

2232

Medium SUV

Isuzu D-Max

2223

Ute

Nissan Qashqai

2198

Small SUV

Nissan X-Trail

2151

Medium SUV

Mitsubishi ASX

2053

Small SUV

Hyundai Tucson

2000

Medium SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander

1881

Medium SUV

Mazda CX-3

1869

Small SUV

Honda HR-V

1760

Small SUV

Segment FirstSecondThird
Micro CarsKia Picanto - 812Holden Spark - 82Mitsubishi Mirage - 82
Light Cars Hyundai Accent - 1522Mazda 2 - 1149Toyota Yaris - 1056
Small Cars < $40k Toyota Corolla - 3780Hyundai i30 - 3547Mazda 3 - 3327
Small Cars > $40k Audi A3 - 445BMW 1 Series - 256MB A-Class - 252
Medium Cars < $60kToyota Camry - 1380Mazda 6 - 405Volkswagen Passat - 214
Medium Cars > $60kMB C-Class - 484MB CLA - 420BMW 3 Series - 351
Large Cars < $70k Commodore - 1159Kia Stinger - 188Skoda Superb - 96
Large Cars > $70k MB E-Class - 180BMW 5 Series - 86Audi A6 - 31
Upper Large CarsMB S-Class - 37Chrysler 300 - 14BMW 7 Series - 14
People Movers Kia Carnival - 659Honda Odyssey - 279VW Multivan - 122
Sports Cars < $80kFord Mustang - 635Toyota 86 - 111BMW 2 Series - 110
Sports Cars < $200kMB C-Class - 260MB E-Class - 92Audi A5 - 63
Sports Cars > $200k Porsche 911 - 46Ferrari range - 23Mercedes-AMG GT - 19
Small SUVs < $40k Nissan Qashqai - 2198Mitsubishi ASX - 2053Mazda CX-3 -1869
Small SUVs > $40k MB GLA - 486BMW X1 - 441Audi Q3 - 276
Medium SUVs < $60k Mazda CX-5 - 3136Toyota RAV4 - 2690Honda CR-V - 2232
Medium SUVs > $60k MB GLC/Coupe - 810BMW X3/X4 - 663Lexus NX - 458
Large SUVs < $70kToyota Kluger - 1757Toyota Prado - 1688Subaru Outback - 1152
Large SUVs > $70kMB GLE/Coupe - 435BMW X5/X6 - 335Range Rover Sport - 268
Upper Large SUVs < $100kToyota LandCruiser 1359Nissan Patrol - 129
Upper Large SUVs > $100kMB GLS - 121Lexus LX - 38Range Rover - 31
Small VansVW Caddy - 241Renault Kangoo - 112Citroen Berlingo - 38
Medium VansToyota HiAce - 696Hyundai iLoad - 450VW Transporter - 290
Large Vans MB Sprinter - 349Renault Master - 164Fiat Ducato - 103
4x2 UtesToyota HiLux - 1755Isuzu D-Max - 607Ford Ranger - 532
4x4 Utes Ford Ranger - 4236Toyota HiLux - 4032Mitsubishi Triton - 3614

Miscellaneous

Sales by State/Territory: NSW 42,361, Victoria 36,695, Queensland 28,272, WA, 10,080, SA 7662, Tasmania 2012, ACT 1932 and NT 1286.

Top five segment by percentage market share: Medium SUV 18.1, Small Car 17.2, 4x4 Utes 16.1, Small SUV 12.7 and Large SUV 11.0.

Sales by fuel type: 82,494 petrol, 46,335 diesel, 1344 hybrid, 127 PHEV/EV excluding Tesla (refuses to supply figures).

Top sources of imports: Japan 37,805, Thailand 36,205, Korea 19,743, Germany 11,027 and USA 5040. Australian-made vehicles: 277 - 253 from Holden (213 Commodore, 40 Utes) and 24 from Toyota.

Ute-based SUV sales race: Isuzu MU-X 1056, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 645, Ford Everest 514, Toyota Fortuner 316 and Holden Trailblazer 294.