After a mixed bag for the first month of the year, Australia’s new car sales figures settled into a familiar rhythm in February with the Toyota Corolla topping the tables as the nation’s best-selling car.
VFACTS reveals that while passenger car sales are down overall, with some segments in freefall, the Corolla verses Mazda3 battle to be Number One will be on again in 2016.
While Mazda enjoyed something of a summer holiday in January, Corolla outsold the ‘3’ by 101 units last month - but is still 863 sales behind for the year-to-date.
The ‘familiar’ sales table also saw the Toyota HiLux slot into third position with 3261 sales, ahead of Ford’s Ranger in fourth (2655 sales) and the Mitsubishi Triton in seventh (2165 sales) to win the sales-race for pickup models.
Yet despite filling half of the top-ten positions in February, passenger cars was the only segment to see a drop in sales - down 3.0 percent on the same month last year and down 7.2 percent YTD.
Besides people-movers and sports car, no passenger car segment was spared the cold shoulder from buyers with falls of between 2.1 percent (medium cars) and 19.1 percent (micro cars) on February last year.
The sports car segment may well have joined the others in seeing sales drop last month, but Ford’s Mustang again commanded nearly a quarter of the market and, given the entire supply of Mustangs for 2016 is already spoken for, it may well carry the momentum for the rest of the year.
For SUVs, the sales boom continued last month with no end in sight, and the midsized segment fared the best with 34.9 percent growth over the same month last year.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander, the Nissan X-Trail, the Subaru Forester and Toyota’s RAV4 are all seeing strong sales in the medium SUV segment under $60,000, while the buyer’s favourite above $60,000 was the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class on 536 sales.
In the large SUV segment, last month’s battle of the ute-based 4WDs between Ford’s Everest, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Toyota Fortuner ended with sales figures of 377, 396 and 336 respectively.
Hyundai and Holden played out another close result for the last step on the podium, with the former pipping the latter by 361 sales. The pair is separated by 538 sales for the YTD, with Hyundai ahead.
Overall sales are up 4.8 percent on the same time last year, meaning Australia is currently on track for yet another record year in 2016.
Top 10 Selling Brands - February 2016
- Toyota - 16,191 sales (down 0.3 percent)
- Mazda - 10,205 (up 12.7 percent)
- Hyundai - 7701 (down 3.8 percent)
- Holden - 7340 (down 6.0 percent)
- Mitsubishi - 6681 (up 7.0 percent)
- Ford - 6656 (up 32.5 percent)
- Nissan - 5989 (up 0.1 percent)
- Volkswagen - 4922 (up 0.7 percent)
- Subaru - 3538 (up 9.8 percent)
- Honda - 3279 (up 13 percent)
Top 10 Selling Models - February 2016
- Toyota Corolla - 3455 sales ( 6213 sales year-to-date)
- Mazda3 - 3354 (7076)
- Toyota HiLux - 3261 (5602)
- Ford Ranger - 2655 (5073)
- Hyundai i30 - 2461 (4313)
- Holden Commodore - 2331 (3573)
- Mitsubishi Triton - 2165 (3364)
- Mazda CX-5 - 2156 - (3906)
- Hyundai Tucson - 1849 (3914)
- Volkswagen Golf - 1752 (3444)