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Trevor Collett | May, 05 2015 | 3 Comments

Australia’s new car market for 2015 is easily on track for over a million sales with another strong performance in April.

VFACTS reveals a total of 81,656 new cars were sold in April - up 1.2 percent on the same month last year - and sales are up 3.5 percent for the year-to-date with a total of 359,250 for the first four months of 2015.

Almost all of the heavy lifting was done by the SUV segment however, with every section of the passenger car market seeing a drop in sales - except sports cars.

Both light and heavy commercial vehicle sales were also up, improving 3.4 and 7.1 percent respectively over the same month last year.

But it seems customers can’t get enough of SUVs, with small, medium, large and upper-large segments all seeing double-digit improvements in sales figures from April 2014.

The upper-large SUV segment below $100,000 is a two-horse race, with Toyota’s Landcruiser wagon easily outselling the Nissan Patrol wagon (which is the usual trend) while above $100,000, buyers preferred the Range Rover which accounted for over 65 percent of sales.

The large SUV segment below $70,000 was dominated by the Toyota Kluger and Prado stablemates with a combined 2651 sales, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee was third with 989 sales.

Above $70,000, the top-three in the large SUV market last month were the Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Touareg and BMW’s X5.

Two midsized models below $60,000 are the most popular of all in the SUV class, with the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Rav4 making the overall top-ten for April in seventh and tenth places respectively.

Above $60,000, medium SUV buyers in April preferred the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque.

As predicted, Mazda’s CX-3 is already kicking goals for the Japanese carmaker, topping the booming compact SUV market under $40,000 with 1396 sales.

This means Hyundai’s ix35 has been displaced as the segment leader, but the model was very close behind on 1389 sales.

Over $40,000, the podium finishers in the compact SUV class were the Lexus NX, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

As mentioned, sports cars saw a bump in popularity last month (up 8.4 percent) in a segment split into three price categories.

Under $80,000, the Hyundai Veloster and Toyota 86 fought it out at the top as they usually do with the Hyundai outselling the Toyota by 50 units.

Above $80,000, the BMW 4 Series was easily the market favourite, while buyers parting with more than $200,000 for their sports car preferred the Porsche 911.

Toyota was the overall market leader with 15,299 sales, and the carmaker is now almost 28,000 sales clear of its nearest rival as 2015’s best-seller.

That rival is Mazda, which finished the month in second position with its best April figures on record (8068 sales) beating its previous-best April figure set in 2013.

Mazda’s strong month came despite its Mazda3 small car being outsold by Toyota’s HiLux pickup, which finished second to the top-selling Corolla. The '3' may continue to ease in the months ahead if Mazda buyers decide they prefer the CX-3 instead.

The Hyundai i30 recovered from tenth in March to finish fourth last month, while Mitsubishi’s Triton fell from fourth in March to ninth in April.

The all-new Triton is set to arrive in Mitsubishi showrooms soon which could see the model return to the top-five, as the carmaker prepares to sell both outgoing and new models as a two-tier program.

Other strong performers in April were Volkswagen, which finished the month in sixth position, and Mercedes-Benz; which displaced Honda for tenth place on 2654 sales.

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Top 10 Selling Brands - April 2015

  1. Toyota - 15,299 sales (up 2.5 percent)
  2. Mazda - 8068 (up 15.3 percent)
  3. Hyundai - 7210 (down 5.5 percent)
  4. Holden - 7072 (down 11.7 percent)
  5. Ford - 5163 (down 19.9 percent)
  6. Volkswagen - 4572 (up 13.8 percent)
  7. Nissan - 4188 (up 0.7 percent)
  8. Mitsubishi - 4077 (down 6.5 percent)
  9. Subaru - 3052 (up 5.1 percent)
  10. Mercedes-Benz - 2654 (up 17.3 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - April 2015

  1. Toyota Corolla - 3238 sales (14,910 sales year-to-date)
  2. Toyota HiLux - 2789 (11,327)
  3. Mazda3 - 2365 (13,424)
  4. Hyundai i30 - 2298 (8614)
  5. Ford Ranger - 2200 (8361)
  6. Holden Commodore - 2043 (8780)
  7. Mazda CX‐5 - 1868 (7996)
  8. Volkswagen Golf - 1728 (7085)
  9. Mitsubishi Triton - 1538 (7500)
  10. Toyota RAV4 - 1399 (5778)
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