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Ford F-150, Toyota Corolla lead global sales during first half of 2018

JATO Dynamics says global car sales totalled 44 million during the first six months of 2018, up 3.6 per cent on the same time last year, with SUV sales up 14 per cent to at least 14.95 million units...

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VFACTS: Five interesting developments in 2018
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VFACTS: Five interesting developments in 2018

Every month our breakdown of the self-reported VFACTS car industry sales data yields huge interest. Here’s a look at five interesting developments that have taken place over the course of 2018. Passenger car struggles The overall market is down 0.2 per cent this year after a record-setting 2017, but it's passenger cars that are really battling...


VFACTS: July 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: July 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicles in Australia fell 7.8 per cent in July over the same month last year, to 85,551 units. Every state and territory dipped, with the sole exception of Tasmania (up 5.9 per cent). The poor showing in July — generally a hangover month after June’s end-of-financial-year promotional campaigns — means the annual tally for 2018 is now 0...


VFACTS 2018: Winners and losers, January to June
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VFACTS 2018: Winners and losers, January to June

The Australian new vehicle market remains on record pace, with half-yearly sales tracking 1.0 per cent up over 2017's high-water mark. VFACTS industry data compiled by the car companies' peak body, the FCAI, shows that 605,522 new vehicles were sold over H1. SUVs grabbed 42.7 per cent market share, stretching the lead over passenger cars (33...


Peugeot sales up nearly a quarter in 2018
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Peugeot sales up nearly a quarter in 2018

Peugeot is among the fastest-growing brands in Australia this year, recording a 24.1 per cent sales bump during the first half of 2018. Alright, it's coming off a low base, but bear with us here. The brand has 1333 sales so far this year, up on the 1074 it managed to the same point in 2017...


Volvo sales up 26 per cent year-to-date
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Volvo sales up 26 per cent year-to-date

Volvo Car Australia is growing fast this year, with the Swedish luxury brand posting 3026 registrations as of 30 June, an increase of 26 per cent year-to-date (YTD). A strong result in June (643 units, +14.4 per cent compared to 2017) bolstered Volvo's steady growth this year, spearheaded by the new XC60 SUV, which is the brand's top-selling model currently...


Small SUVs the fastest growing segment in 2018
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Small SUVs the fastest growing segment in 2018

Small SUV sales have bounced back after a quiet 2017. This segment of jacked-up hatchbacks was the fastest-growing across the market to the end of June, up 30.4 per cent. Small SUVs own 11.9 per cent market share, equating to 72,269 sales across 24 brands competing for audience attention and money...


Honda Australia is 2018's most improved brand so far
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Honda Australia is 2018's most improved brand so far

Honda Australia's momentum continued in June, with the company setting a new monthly record of 7013 units, up 34 per cent over the same month in 2017. The result is a milestone in the company's 49-year history here, and was driven for the most part by its two SUVs, the HR-V and CR-V...


Utes dominate the June sales charts
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Utes dominate the June sales charts

Australia’s three most popular new vehicles in June - perennially the biggest sales month of the year - were all pickups/utes. Clearly there were a lot of buyers taking advantage of end of financial year deals and incentives, and perhaps capitalising on certain tax breaks (such as fringe-benefit claims)...


VFACTS: June 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: June 2018 new vehicle sales

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...


Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan and Amarok selling up a storm
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Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan and Amarok selling up a storm

A supply-constrained Volkswagen Australia has issued a release celebrating strong sales for its top three models in June, even though its overall tally dipped slightly over the same month last year. Still, credit where it's due: the Golf, Tiguan and Amarok all claimed records during the year's busiest month, a period where the whole industry goes into overdrive for end of financial year...


Kia hits 500,000 sales in Australia
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Kia hits 500,000 sales in Australia

Kia Australia is celebrating 500,000 sales Down Under, three decades after the first Kia-badged cars landed here under a private import deal. In 1988, just 60 people bought a 'Kia' – a jeep model developed off the Korean Army's car and sold there as the Asia Rocsta. In its first run here, privately imported, today's Kia Australia insists it wore a Kia badge...


Toyota Australia posts $137 million profit
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Toyota Australia posts $137 million profit

Toyota Australia posted a $137 million after-tax profit for the 2017-18 Japanese financial year, ending March 31, despite wearing $147m in “restructuring costs” from the closure of its Altona factory last October. The tidy sum is up on the $99 million profit the company posted last financial year, a sum watered down by $131m in incurred restructuring costs depreciated over a four-year period...


Australia "continues to fall behind" on EVs, PHEVs - study
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Australia "continues to fall behind" on EVs, PHEVs - study

Australian adoption of electric vehicles is on the rise, but we still lag behind much of the developed world when it comes to electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) sales and support. UPDATE, 6:16pm: The story has been updated with direct quotes from Behyad Jafari, CEO of the EV Council...


Skoda sales up 13 per cent in 2018
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Skoda sales up 13 per cent in 2018

Skoda Australia is seeing some decent growth so far this year, with sales increasing by 13.1 per cent year-to-date (YTD) as of May 30. May's VFACTs figures also revealed that the Czech brand was up 34.1 per cent on May 2017, helped by double-digit growth across its Octavia and Superb model lines...


VFACTS: May 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: May 2018 new vehicle sales

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...


Toyota 86: Charting its sales from 0-20,000
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Toyota 86: Charting its sales from 0-20,000

Toyota Australia has officially sold 20,000 examples of the 86 since its launch in 2012, making it the first Toyota sports car to top 20,000 sales since the Celica in 1975. That's right, believe it or not it's been more than four decades since an exciting Toyota sold in such significant numbers...


Suzuki Swift: Global sales hit six million
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Suzuki Swift: Global sales hit six million

The Suzuki Swift has reached a sales milestone this week, with the little hatchback reaching six million units globally since its launch over a decade ago. Now in its fourth generation, the Swift is sold in 158 nations and regions including Japan, Europe, India and Australia...


Lexus breaks sales record in Australia
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Lexus breaks sales record in Australia

Lexus has posted its most successful first four months ever in Australia, registering 3026 vehicles in the January-April period. It's the first time the Japanese luxury brand has broken 3000 registrations during the first third of the year, representing a 2.8 per cent gain over the same period last year. Additionally, the company's monthly figure of 830 vehicles is 20...


Tesla expands on first quarter results
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Tesla expands on first quarter results

Elon Musk and Deepak Ahuja, CEO and CFO at Tesla respectively, have told investors the company will be turning a profit during the second half of 2018. In the quarterly letter and call to investors, the two Tesla high-ups reinforced their belief the company won't need additional external funding this year, thanks in part to a comprehensive restructure of contractors...