Mitsubishi's ASX continues to be a strong seller despite its advanced age. Photo: Supplied
Mitsubishi's ASX continues to be a strong seller despite its advanced age. Photo: Supplied
Stephen Ottley | May, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Australian new cars sales are riding high on the back of high-riding SUVs.

The latest data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries highlights the endless popularity of SUVs, particularly smaller models, is continuing to drive overall market growth.

SUVs now account for more than 43 per cent of the new vehicle market, with passenger cars making up 33 per cent and light commercial vehicles, such as one-tonne utes, almost 20 per cent.

Small SUVs, models such as the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3, continue to be the biggest area of growth, up more than 33 per cent in April 2018 compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile at the other end, the Upper Large SUV market is up more than 20 per cent.

“The market dynamic has changed with the growth of SUVs but brands have adapted quickly to that change and the new products coming into those growth segments clearly have strong consumer appeal,” said FCAI chief executive, Tony Weber.

The continued strong performance of SUVs has helped the market remain ahead of 2017, currently tracking 3.3 per cent in front of the same period last year despite a slight dip in sales in April owing to public and school holidays last month. Total sales for April were 82,930, which was 0.2 per cent less than the same month in 2017.

The Toyota HiLux remains Australia’s favourite new vehicle but its small car stablemate, the Toyota Corolla, knocked off the Ford Ranger to take second place for April. The Corolla was no doubt helped by Toyota’s run-out offers to clear the way for the new generation model that’s due in August.

Top 10 selling brands in April

1. Toyota - 16,647

2. Mazda - 7723

3. Hyundai - 7132

4. Mitsubishi - 5508

5. Ford - 4882

6. Holden - 4576

7. Kia - 4502

8. Volkswagen - 3918

9. Nissan - 3028

10. Honda - 3017

Top 10 selling models in April

1. Toyota HiLux - 3596

2. Toyota Corolla - 2979

3. Ford Ranger - 2796

4. Mazda3 - 2261

5. Toyota LandCruiser - 2018

6. Hyundai i30 - 1903

7. Hyundai Tucson - 1816

8. Mazda CX-5 - 1725

9. Mitsubishi ASX - 1706

10. Toyota Prado - 1699

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

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