New car sales have hit a new peak for the month of October, and Hyundai claimed the title of Australia’s favourite car for the month with its i30 hatch.
That status pushed the South Korean brand to second place on the sales chart for the month, occupying a position usually held by Mazda, though the Japanese brand still leads year-to-date.
Looking at the overall market, passenger car sales continued to decline, down by 3.8 percent despite a 9.7 percent upswing in the small car segment. Once again SUVs picked up pace, growing by 1.2 percent while light commercials climbed 18.5 percent spurred by continued rising demand for 4x4 cab chassis utes (up 25.2 percent compared to 2016).
During October, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries recorded 95,763 new car sales, beating the previous record set in 2012.
For the first time since the debut of the new generation model, the Hyundai i30 was Australia’s best seller, with 3983 units followed by the Toyota HiLux on 3812 sales, while third place went to the toyota Corolla with 3088 sales with the Ford Ranger (3074 units) and Holden Commodore (2418 units) rounding out the top five.
Holden’s position on the sales board seems unlikely to be repeated in the near future with the end of local Commodore production in October and a gap to the new generation imported model next year. That new car is unlikely to fill the void of the previous model, but Holden will also roll out a pair of new SUVs, the Equinox and Acadia, to pick up the slack.
Once again Toyota led the way in the overall market with 17,836 sales, with Camry (2057) and Landcruiser (2019) both appear in the top ten supporting HiLux and Corolla.
According to Toyota’s director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, the market isn’t showing any signs of slowing down for the rest of the year.
“Toyota's sales so far this year are the strongest since the mining boom in 2008, so it will be business as usual through to December 31 and beyond," Cramb said.
Top 10 selling brands October 2017
- Toyota - 17.836 (up 9.1 percent YTD)
- Hyundai - 8800 (up 1.1 percent)
- Mazda - 8054 (up 1.7 percent)
- Holden - 7726 (up 2.7 percent)
- Ford - 5785 (down 11.1 percent)
- Mitsubishi - 5550 (up 6.2 percent)
- Volkswagen - 4941 (up 1.5 percent)
- Subaru - 4667 (up 12.7 percent)
- Nissan - 4565 (down 17.6 percent)
- Kia - 4255 (kia up 2.1 percent)
Top 10 selling models - October 2017
- Hyundai i30 - 3983 (25,086 sales YTD)
- Toyota Hilux - 3812 (39,041)
- Toyota Corolla - 3088 (31,753)
- Ford Ranger - 3074 (35,694)
- Holden Commodore - 2418 (19,612)
- Mazda CX-5 - 2173 (21,360)
- Toyota Camry - 2057 (20,498)
- Toyota LandCruiser - 2019 (17,974)
- Mazda3 - 1962 (27,419)
- Volkswagen Golf - 1922 (14,934)