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Trevor Collett | Jun 4, 2016

There’s been a change at the top of the sales standings, as Hyundai’s i30 overtook its two closest rivals last month to become Australia’s top-selling small car.

Those rivals are no small fish either, being Toyota’s Corolla and the Mazda3, but each was outsold by the i30 last month as it chalked up 3771 sales.

VFACTS for May revealed the i30 bettered Toyota’s evergreen HiLux to take top spot in the overall sales rankings by 96 units, but the HiLux is Australia’s best-selling car for 2016 to date with 16,558 sales.

The Corolla took the last step on the podium for May with 3333 sales, followed by the Mazda3 on 3243.

Toyota and Mazda were the only carmakers to have more than one model in the top ten. Ford’s Ranger was fifth with 3115 sales, the Holden Commodore sixth on 2255 and the Mazda CX-5 (below) was up 6.9 percent on May last year with a tally of 2117 in seventh.

Rounding out the top ten was the Mitsubishi Triton (2021 sales), Volkswagen’s Golf (1840) and the Nissan Navara (1751).

Volkswagen’s sales were down 17.5 percent on May last year, and down 4.2 percent for the year-to-date, arguably influenced by the now-infamous emissions scandal from 2015.

The downturn didn’t afflict sister companies Audi or Skoda last month however, with sales for each up 3.6 and 1.1 percent respectively on May last year.

While Skoda sales are down by a marginal 0.8 percent year-to-date, the carmaker celebrated its best-ever sales month in Australia in May.

The strong result came off the back of its smallest and biggest models in Australia, with the Fabia managing 84 sales and the Superb (pictured, above) chalking up 58.

All Skoda models were pulling their weight sales-wise last month, including the Octavia and Octavia Scout along with the Rapid, but the Yeti small SUV was the only real exception with sales down by a little over one-third compared to May 2015.

Skoda’s Superb found itself in a closely-fought battle in the large car class to be ‘best of the rest’ behind the three Australian models; Holden’s Commodore (sales king with over 71 percent market share under $70,000), Ford’s Falcon (521 sales as it closes in on retirement) and Toyota’s Aurion (305 sales).

From there, across both upper and lower price echelons of the large car class, the order was: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Skoda’s Superb, the Maserati Ghibli, Audi’s A6 and the rest.

Another strong performer in May was Kia, with the Korean carmaker breaking into the top-ten with 3542 sales - up 26 percent on May last year and up 24 percent YTD.

Combined efforts of the old and new Cerato, Carnival, new-to-Australia Picanto (pictured, above), Sorento, Optima and Sportage contributed to the result, while both Rio and Rondo sales were holding steady.

Ahead of Kia in the overall top-ten was Subaru in ninth, Volkswagen in eighth, Nissan in seventh and Mitsubishi in sixth.

The top-five in ascending order for May were Ford, Holden, Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota, which easily topped the market again with sales up eight percent on the same month last year.

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Top 10 Selling Brands - May 2016

  1. Toyota - 17,201 sales (up 0.1 percent YTD)
  2. Mazda - 9608 (up 7.7 percent)
  3. Hyundai - 9005 (up 7.6 percent)
  4. Holden - 7405 (down 8.0 percent)
  5. Ford - 6584 (up 16.4 percent)
  6. Mitsubishi - 6154 (up 6.3 percent)
  7. Nissan - 5585 (down 2.6 percent)
  8. Volkswagen - 4565 (down 4.2 percent)
  9. Subaru - 4002 (up 10.3 percent)
  10. Kia - 3542 (up 24.0 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - May 2016

  1. Hyundai i30 - 3771 (16,425 sales year-to-date)
  2. Toyota HiLux - 3675 (16,558)
  3. Toyota Corolla - 3333 (16,117)
  4. Mazda3 - 3243 (15,976)
  5. Ford Ranger - 3115 (14,121)
  6. Holden Commodore - 2255 (10,295)
  7. Mazda CX-5 - 2117 (9950)
  8. Mitsubishi Triton - 2021 (9568)
  9. Volkswagen Golf - 1840 (8597)
  10. Nissan Navara - 1751 (7064)
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