A big month for SUVs, but passenger cars and the overall market are still down.

New vehicle sales in Australia dropped 1.5 per cent on the same month in 2017, with new registrations totalling 95,221 units. Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria all recorded increases, while the rest of the nation – led by a 9.7 per cent drop for the Northern Territory – was down.

Coming on the back of a July in which sales dipped 7.8 per cent on last year, the result leaves the market 0.3 per cent down on 2017, with a total of 786,294 sales year-to-date.

Passenger cars were down 13.4 per cent on last year, while the SUV market rebounded from a marginally weaker July to grow by 8.3 per cent. Light commercial vehicles fell 1.3 per cent, but sales are still up by 2.3 per cent year-to-date.

Every single passenger segment shrunk compared to 2017, headlined by 24.1 per cent and 60.3 per cent drops for medium and large cars respectively. That contrasted with growth for every SUV segment except upper large, which fell marginally.


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In news that'll shock no-one, Toyota dominated the charts in August with 18,833 sales (up 1.7 per cent) and a 19.8 per cent market share. Mazda owned 11.3 per cent of the market with 10,470 sales, with the latter figure representing a 26.2 per cent leap over August 2017.

Hyundai maintained its hold on third with 8006 sales (up 2.6 per cent) and an 8.4 per cent market share, trailed by Mitsubishi (7067 cars, up 6.3 per cent) and Ford (5962, down 10.3 per cent).

Volkswagen leapt into sixth on the charts with 4637 sales, down 2.0 per cent, followed closely by Kia (4620, up 2.5 per cent) and Nissan (4440, up 8.4 per cent). Holden (4356, down 37.6 per cent) clung gamely onto ninth, while Subaru (3845) maintained 10th in spite of a 16.0 per cent drop.

Honda (3486, down 6.4 per cent) narrowly missed the top 10, ahead of Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Ute (which continued its remarkable run of growth months, albeit only just), BMW, Suzuki, Audi, Renault, Land Rover, Volvo and Skoda.

On the positive side of things, Alfa Romeo (123, up 31.3 per cent) and Infiniti (95, up 97.9 per cent) both bucked the downward trend in luxury sales. They're coming off a low base, sure, but credit where it's due. MG continued its charge with 332 sales, up 577.6 per cent, while Volvo (689, 83.7 per cent) is benefitting hugely from the XC40.

Porsche, on the other hand, fell 25.4 per cent, joining Audi (1067, down 25.8 per cent), BMW (1760, down 12.2 per cent) and Lexus (619, down 11.7 per cent) in the luxury doghouse. Oh, and Morgan sales dropped drastically – having shifted two cars in August 2017, it moved just one last month. An alarm is no doubt ringing in Malvern, UK.


BRAND SALESCHANGEMARKET SHARE
Toyota18,833+1.7 per cent19.8 per cent
Mazda10,470+26.2 per cent11.3 per cent
Hyundai8006+2.6 per cent8.4 per cent
Mitsubishi7067+6.3 per cent7.4 per cent
Ford5962-10.3 per cent6.3 per cent
Volkswagen4637-2.0 per cent4.9 per cent
Kia4620+2.5 per cent4.9 per cent
Nissan4440+8.4 per cent4.7 per cent
Holden4356-37.6 per cent4.6 per cent
Subaru3845-16.0 per cent4.0 per cent
Honda3486-6.4 per cent3.7 per cent
Mercedes-Benz3284-3.4 per cent3.4 per cent
Isuzu Ute2167+1.7 per cent2.3 per cent
BMW1760-12.2 per cent1.8 per cent
Suzuki1320-28.4 per cent1.4 per cent
Audi1067-25.8 per cent1.1 per cent
Renault810-11.4 per cent0.9 per cent
Land Rover719-32.0 per cent0.8 per cent
Volvo689+83.7 per cent0.7 per cent
Skoda625+28.1 per cent0.7 per cent

Models

Toyota topped the sales charts with the HiLux (4275), followed by the Ford Ranger (3515) and Toyota Corolla (3033). The ever-popular Mazda 3 (2969) and CX-5 (2599) rounded out the top five, trailed by the Hyundai i30 (2323), Toyota Prado (2019), Hyundai Tucson (1998), Nissan X-Trail (1910) and Mitsubishi Triton (1752).

That leaves the Volkswagen Golf and Toyota RAV4 out of the top 10, despite occupying ninth and eighth spots respectively last month.


MODELSALESCHANGETYPE
Toyota HiLux4275-0.27 per centUte
Ford Ranger3515-2.09 per centUte
Toyota Corolla3033+2.9 per centSmall car
Mazda 32969+37.3 per centSmall car
Mazda CX-52599+26.9 per centMedium SUV
Hyundai i302323+8.4 per centSmall car
Toyota Prado2019+79.1 per centLarge SUV
Hyundai Tucson1998-9.4 per centMedium SUV
Nissan X-Trail1910+89.5 per centMedium SUV
Mitsubishi Triton1752-11.0 per centUte
Mitsubishi Outlander1719+10.3 per centMedium SUV
Toyota RAV41684+4.9 per centMedium SUV
Toyota Camry1604-23.9 per centMedium car
Volkswagen Golf1553+1.2 per centSmall car
Mitsubishi ASX1543-7.9 per centSmall SUV
Kia Cerato1491+4.6 per centSmall car
Isuzu D-Max1461+4.5 per centUte
Holden Colorado1439-6.6 per centUte
Mazda CX-31387+11.4 per centSmall SUV
Hyundai Accent1357+25.0 per centLight car

Segment leaders

SEGMENTFIRSTSECONDTHIRD
Micro carsKia Picanto, 357Fiat/Abarth 500, 62Mitsubishi Mirage, 52
Light carsHyundai Accent, 1357Mazda 2, 1134Toyota Yaris, 821
Small cars under $40k Toyota Corolla, 3033Mazda 3, 2969Hyundai i30, 2323
Small cars over $40kMercedes-Benz A-Class, 419Audi A3, 264BMW 1 Series, 186
Medium cars under $60kToyota Camry, 1604Mazda 6, 289Volkswagen Passat, 208
Medium cars over $60kBMW 3 Series, 301Mercedes-Benz CLA, 263Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 197
Large cars under $70k Holden Commodore, 682Kia Stinger, 125Skoda Superb, 62
Large cars over $70k Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 102BMW 5 Series, 52Jaguar XF, 29
Upper large carsMercedes-Benz S-Class, 20Chrysler 300, 10BMW 6 Series GT, 8
People moversKia Carnival, 578Honda Odyssey, 129Volkswagen Multivan, 95
Sports cars under $80kFord Mustang, 736Toyota 86, 70Subaru BRZ, 65
Sports cars under $200k Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 90Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 68BMW 4 Series, 56
Small SUVMitsubishi ASX, 1543Mazda CX-3, 1387Subaru XV, 1144
Small SUV over $40kMercedes-Benz GLA, 269Volvo XC40, 266Audi Q3, 219
Medium SUVMazda CX-5, 2599Hyundai Tucson, 1998Nissan X-Trail, 1910
Medium SUV over $60k Mercedes-Benz GLC, 644BMW X3/4, 500Lexus NX, 263
Large SUVToyota Prado, 2019Toyota Kluger, 1259Subaru Outback, 1080
Large SUV over $70kBMW X5/6, 250Mercedes-Benz GLE, 239Range Rover Sport, 158
Upper large SUVToyota LandCruiser, 1109Nissan Patrol, 121
Upper large SUV over $100kMercedes-Benz GLS, 125Range Rover, 23Lexus LX, 20
Small vanVolkswagen Caddy, 153Renault Kangoo, 64Citroen Berlingo, 32
Medium vanToyota HiAce, 517Hyundai iLoad, 329Ford Transit Custom, 178
Large vanMercedes-Benz Sprinter, 456Renault Master, 120Volkswagen Crafter, 111
4x2 uteToyota HiLux, 1068Mazda BT-50, 448Ford Ranger, 432
4x4 uteToyota HiLux, 3207Ford Ranger, 3083Mitsubishi Triton, 1538

Miscellaneous

The best-selling segments were medium SUV (16,972), small cars (16,239), 4x4 utes (13,941), large SUV (11,618) and small SUV (11,259).

Private sales (42,366) led the way, ahead of business (38,521) buyers, rental fleet (7279) registrations, and government buys (3210).

There were 59,711 petrol sales, followed by 30,249 diesels and 1416 electric/hybrid vehicles, excluding Tesla registrations.

Our top five suppliers were Japan (31,517), Thailand (23,832), South Korea (13,602), Germany (7269) and the USA (3742).