Hyundai has overhauled Mazda’s sales tally for 2014 during November, and is currently sitting in third place for the year.
Mazda was ahead by just 113 units at the close of October, but now finds itself 381 sales behind with one survey remaining in 2014.
Not even its top-selling Mazda3 and class-leading CX-5 SUV could save the Japanese carmaker from slipping to fourth place last month, and Mazda was behind Hyundai in November by 494 units.
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Hyundai was one of the few carmakers in the top-ten last month to see a rise in sales over November last year, with an improvement of 0.8 percent.
This sees Mazda with 91,973 sales sitting in fourth place for the year behind Hyundai on 92,354 and Holden with 98,340.
2014 Hyundai i20
We can safely scratch Toyota’s name on the trophy for best-selling carmaker in Australia for 2014, with a tally of 184,486 sales to the end of November and a lead over second-placed Holden of 86,146.
The Hyundai i30 was the nation’s fourth best-selling car, and the ix35 made the top-ten in tenth position.
The ix35 is easily Australia’s best-selling compact SUV, and the i20 has a comfortable lead over the Mazda2 as the best-selling light car under $25,000.
The i40 was fifth among medium cars under $60,000 last month, and the iMax was second only to Honda’s Odyssey in the people mover class under sixty grand.
A further two second-places for Hyundai last month came from its Veloster in the sports car class under $80,000 (behind the Toyota 86), and the iLoad in the large van segment (behind Toyota HiAce).
Hyundai is currently 4652 sales behind its entire tally for 2013, which was the Korean carmaker’s best year for sales in the Australian market.
If Hyundai manages to sell just over half of the units in December that it sold in November, it will break its record from last year.
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