Australia’s new car market has never seen more sales in a calendar month than it did in June, with an eye-opening 128,569 sales recorded last month.
Fears of a cautious market just days out from the Federal Election were unfounded, as VFACTS revealed that the market saw sales rise 2.2 percent over June 2015 - up 3.4 percent for the year-to-date.
With 598,140 sales already on the board, the market should easily smash through the one-million sales-barrier in 2016, and a strong December could see it crack 1.2 million sales.
At the halfway mark for 2016, a traditionally-strong June for the new car market sees Toyota a country mile ahead of its nearest rival for outright sales honours - well on track for its 20th year as Australia’s top-selling carmaker.
Toyota has not quite doubled its lead over next-best Mazda, with the former crossing over the 100,000 sales-mark last month to land on 102,344 units. Mazda to date in 2016 has 60,973 sales, while Hyundai is third on 54,350 and increasing its lead over fourth-placed Holden on 48,010.
June belonged to Hyundai. The Korean carmaker has displaced the Toyota HiLux, Corolla and Mazda3 with its i30 small car (thanks to aggressive drive-away pricing in runout) which is now Australia’s top-selling car for 2016. Hyundai reported a staggering 6432 sales for the i30 last month.
Further, Hyundai chalked up a record result of 12,300 sales last month, which sees the brand also break its previous record for half-yearly sales in Australia.
The carmaker is in the top three for growth among the top-ten sellers last month with sales up 8.6 percent YTD.
A ‘recovering’ Ford in sixth place overall has seen sales increase 16 percent YTD, while Hyundai’s sister brand Kia cracked the top-ten in tenth for the second consecutive month with more record sales - up an impressive 27.8 percent YTD.
The records kept tumbling all along the sales charts, but Subaru’s record month wasn’t enough to keep the carmaker in the overall top-ten (finishing eleventh).
End of Financial Year (EOFY) deals drove light commercial sales to keep up with their passenger car and SUV cousins last month, with Toyota’s HiLux ending June as Australia’s best-selling pickup.
The HiLux finished second for June on 4613 sales and is Australia’s second highest-selling car to date for 2016 - having its overall lead eroded by the i30 last month. Ford’s Ranger was next-best of the pickups in fifth overall.
The Mitsubishi Triton finished last month in familiar territory in eighth place overall on 2858 units as Mitsubishi celebrated its strongest-ever sales-month in Australia for light commercial vehicles and SUVs.
The biggest surprises for June belonged to Holden, with the Colorado pickup making a rare but not unheard-of top-ten appearance on 2397 sales - of which only 95 were for 2WD models.
Behind the HiLux sales-king, the 2WD ute market was a closely-fought affair between the Ford Ranger (601 sales), Mazda BT-50 (602) and Holden’s ‘Commodore’ Utility on 608 sales.
Holden also raised eyebrows with its Captiva large SUV. The Captiva beat all-comers in the large SUV class last month on 1741 sales, beating Toyota’s Prado (1357) and Kluger (1315) pairing which normally dominate the segment.
Hyundai showed further strength last month in the large SUV class with its Santa Fe model only a handful of sales behind the Kluger on 1303 units.
The SUV market was up 8.9 percent on June 2015, and is up 11.4 percent YTD.
The Mazda CX-5 was the best-selling SUV last month, finishing the month in ninth overall on 2643 sales, followed by the Mitsubishi ASX (2182 sales), Toyota Rav4 (2088), Nissan X-Trail (1908) and Mazda’s CX-3 (1790).
Top 10 Selling Brands - June 2016
- Toyota - 22,083 sales (up 0.6 percent YTD)
- Mazda - 12,455 (up 7.7 percent)
- Hyundai - 12,300 (up 8.5 percent)
- Holden - 11,376 (down 7.2 percent)
- Mitsubishi - 8726 (up 3.9 percent)
- Ford - 8316 (up 16.0 percent)
- Nissan - 6781 (up 2.5 percent)
- Volkswagen - 5933 (down 6.9 percent)
- Honda - 5265 (down 4.7 percent)
- Kia - 5170 (up 27.8 percent)
Top 10 Selling Models - June 2016
- Hyundai i30 - 6432 (22,857 sales YTD)
- Toyota HiLux - 4613 (21,171)
- Toyota Corolla - 4427 (20,544)
- Mazda3 - 4112 (20,088)
- Ford Ranger - 4078 (18,199)
- Holden Commodore - 3054 (13,349)
- Toyota Camry - 3049 (9905)
- Mitsubishi Triton - 2858 (12,426)
- Mazda CX-5 - 2643 (12,593)
- Holden Colorado - 2397 (9374)