Another slow month puts the market well behind 2017 going into December.

New vehicle registrations last month shrunk by 7.4 per cent compared to the equivalent month in 2017, for eight consecutive months of declining sales.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story wasn't displaying below the 'brands' section. The issue has been rectified, and all the data is officially there! Enjoy. 

The 93,860 registrations recorded in November was well down on the 101,365 noted in the same month last year, leaving the market down 1.9 per cent on 2017 year-to-date. Driving the drop were New South Wales (down 11.6 per cent) and Victoria (down 7.0 per cent), with Tasmania the only state to record an improvement (2.0 per cent).

As we said last month, this is now officially a trend. Having set sales records in four of the previous five years, Australia is well on track to drop short of last year's total sales figure. Whether it's a blip or something more serious isn't yet clear.

We're getting sick of writing this, but passenger cars were down 20.8 per cent last month and a whopping 15.8 per cent year-to-date. Only people mover sales improved year-on-year, with a 51.4 per cent drop in large car sales the biggest drop.

Although they're still up 7.6 per cent for the year, even SUVs saw a minor fall in November, with 39,983 registrations representing a 1.9 per cent slide. Large and upper large SUV sales grew marginally, while the medium and small categories contracted.

Light commercial and heavy commercial vehicles both grew.

Brands

Toyota maintained its stranglehold on the market, holding a 19.5 per cent share of the market despite shifting 533 fewer cars than last year. Mazda took out second place with 8905 sales, down 4.6 per cent, and a 9.5 per cent market share, while Hyundai moved 7896 cars (down 10.4 per cent) for an 8.4 per cent market share.

Mitsubishi (6953 sales, 7.4 per cent share) continued its strong 2018, with Ford (5519 sales, 5.9 per cent share) rounding out the top five.

Nissan (5330 sales, 5.7 per cent share) was nipping at the top five's heels, followed by Holden (5125 sales, 5.5 per cent share), Volkswagen (4713 sales, 5.0 per cent share), Kia (4644 sales, 4.9 per cent share), and Subaru (3921 sales, 4.2 per cent share).

Honda just missed the top 10 after a 15.8 per cent slide on last year, while Isuzu Ute saw its second successive month without growth in 12th place.

A rough year in luxury continued, with Mercedes-Benz falling 766 sales short of last year's mark, and Audi missing by 451. BMW bucked the trend, recording a 0.6 per cent increase on November 2017. Little wins, right?

Jaguar was up 69.9 per cent – admittedly from a low base – while Volvo continued its strong vein of form, up 44.8 per cent for the month. Other notable figures: Alfa Romeo shrunk 10.3 per cent, Skoda was down 11.6 per cent, and Peugeot dived a whopping 46.9 per cent.

Lotus, on the other hand, sold seven cars for November – a one car, 16.7 per cent leap on last year.

BrandSales
Toyota18,271
Mazda8905
Hyundai7869
Mitsubishi6953
Ford5519
Nissan5330
Holden5125
Volkswagen4713
Kia4644
Subaru3921
Honda3732
Mercedes-Benz2448
Isuzu Ute2387
BMW1637
Audi1440

Models

The usual suspects dominated the top of the charts, with the Toyota HiLux (4671) and Ford Ranger (3469) duking it out for first and second. The new Corolla (2659) continues to impress at its higher price point.

Rounding out the top five were the Mitsubishi Triton (2404) and Hyundai i30 (2378). The Mazda 3 (2342) narrowly missed out, followed by the CX-5 (1998), Nissan X-Trail (1942), Toyota RAV4 (1936) and Hyundai Tucson (1936).

ModelSales
Toyota HiLux4671
Ford Ranger3469
Toyota Corolla2659
Mitsubishi Triton2404
Hyundai i302378
Mazda 32342
Mazda CX-51998
Nissan X-Trail1942
Toyota RAV41936
Hyundai Tucson1623
Isuzu D-Max1587
Nissan Navara1496
Toyota Prado1464
Subaru Forester1406
Volkswagen Golf1372

Segments

Passenger: 

  • Micro: Kia Picanto (490), Fiat 500 (55), Mitsubishi Mirage (54)
  • Light under $25k: Hyundai Accent (1354), Mazda 2 (841), Toyota Yaris (711)
  • Light over $25k: Mini Cooper (152), Audi A1 (137), Mini Clubman (27)
  • Small under $40k: Toyota Corolla (2659), Hyundai i30 (2378), Mazda 3 (2342)
  • Small over $40k: Mercedes-Benz A-Class (335), Audi A3 (326), BMW 1 Series (204)
  • Medium under $60k: Toyota Camry (1295), Mazda 6 (325), Ford Mondeo (126)
  • Medium over $60k: BMW 3 Series (226), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (183), Mercedes-Benz CLA (137)
  • Large under $70k: Holden Commodore (701), Kia Stinger (122), Skoda Superb (87)
  • Large over $70k: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (126), BMW 5 Series (79), Jaguar XF (25)
  • Upper Large: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (28), Chrysler 300 (12), Lexus LS (10)
  • People Movers: Kia Carnival (607), Honda Odyssey (152), Volkswagen Multivan (88)
  • Sports under $80k: Ford Mustang (780), BMW 2 Series (91), Mazda MX-5 (84)
  • Sports over $80k: Mercedes-Benz E-Class two-door (60), Audi A5 (43), BMW 4 Series (33)
  • Sports over $200k: Ferrari range (25), Porsche 911 (18), Aston Martin range (15)

SUV: 

  • Small under $40k: Nissan Qashqai (1343),Mazda CX-3 (1302), Mitsubishi ASX (1261)
  • Small over $40k: Mercedes-Benz GLA (277), Audi Q3 (226), Volvo XC40 (210)
  • Medium under $60k: Mazda CX-5 (1998), Nissan X-Trail (1942), Toyota RAV4 (1936)
  • Medium over $60k: BMW X3/X4 (404), Mercedes-Benz GLC (365), Audi Q5 (317)
  • Large under $70k: Toyota Prado (1464), Toyota Kluger (1174), Isuzu MU-X (800)
  • Large over $70k: BMW X5/X6 (323), Lexus RX (152), Porsche Cayenne (143)
  • Upper Large: Toyota LandCruiser (1162), Nissan Patrol (110), Mercedes-Benz GLS (56)

Light commercial: 

  • Small vans: Volkswagen Caddy (141), Renault Kangoo (50), Citroen Berlingo (18)
  • Medium Vans: Toyota Hiace (657), Hyundai iLoad (388), Volkswagen Transporter (185)
  • 4x2 Utes: Toyota HiLux (1002), Isuzu D-Max (487), Ford Ranger (446)
  • 4x4 Utes: Toyota HiLux (3669), Ford Ranger (3023), Mitsubishi Triton (2200)

Miscellaneous

Petrol was the dominant fuel type, with 57,131 sales compared to 27,065 for diesel, 1645 for hybrid and 102 for electric. Private (40,575) sales edged business (39,302), government (3559) and rental (6697) purchases for November.

As is conventional, Japan supplied the majority of our cars (28,489), followed by Thailand (24,954) and Korea (13,825). There were 24 locally-built cars sold Down Under last month.

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