New Car Sales, March - Hyundai i30 Top Of The Table | Passenger Sales Plunge Photo:
Trevor Collett | Apr, 05 2016 | 3 Comments

Three months into 2016 and yet another car sits atop the new car sales podium in Australia. This time it's the Hyundai i30 setting the pace as Australia’s top-selling car last month.

VFACTS results (published by the FCAI) reveals the i30 doubled its sales from the same month last year to lead the field for March on 4198 units, followed by Toyota’s evergreen HiLux (on 3897 sales) and the Toyota Corolla (3612) finishing third.

Corolla topped the sales sheets in February, with the Mazda3 opening its 2016 account as the best-selling car in January. The ‘3’ finished March in fourth place on 3145 sales.

“I’m proud to say i30 is Australia’s favourite car,” Hyundai Australia CEO, Charlie Kim, said.

“The i30 is Australian-tuned, very versatile and affordable, and that’s a combination that obviously appeals to Australian buyers. On top of those qualities, i30 is spacious, comfortable, stylish and packed with features.”

Further success for Hyundai came with the Accent, which not only topped the tally for light cars under $25,000, it sprung a surprise on the market in doing so by finishing ninth overall on 2034 sales.

Light vehicle segment

Speaking of light car sales, the Mazda2 was next-best behind the Accent, but with 1150 units the ‘2’ only managed 57 percent of the little Hyundai's sales tally.

From there, the Toyota Yaris (990) beat Honda’s Jazz (989) by a single sale, followed by the Suzuki Swift (898), Kia Rio (744), Volkswagen Polo (714) and Holden’s Barina (402).

Above $25,000, Audi’s A1 was the best-selling light car last month with 215 sales.

Overall rankings

Elsewhere in the overall top-ten, Ford’s Ranger and Mitsubishi’s Triton finished fifth (2960 sales) and sixth (2740) behind the HiLux for the best-of-the-rest battle of the utes, while the Holden Commodore was ‘steady’ in seventh place on 2559 units.

An eighth-place finish for Mazda’s CX-5 saw the model strengthen its lead over Hyundai’s Tucson in the medium SUV segment, and Nissan’s X-Trail also outsold Tucson last month, finishing tenth overall (1991 sales).

The downward trend for passenger car sales continued in March, with every segment losing ground on the same month last year - except people-movers.

And for the year-to-date, only people-movers (up 23.2 percent) and sports cars (up 16.1 percent) have seen growth during the first quarter, with the sports segment below $80,000 owing a great deal of its turnaround to the success of the Ford Mustang.

SUV sales surprised no-one by rising 8.3 percent last month - up 13.8 percent YTD - with only the upper-large SUV class (largely a two-horse-race between the Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol) seeing a dip in sales.

The impact of an early Easter, perhaps, saw overall sales fall 0.5 percent compared to March last year, but the market is well on track for another million-plus sales-year having reached 285,328 sales at the end of the first quarter - up 2.8 percent on last year.

Hyundai’s i30 may have won the month, but the Toyota dominance continued with the carmaker outselling its nearest rival by 7621 units last month (17,849).

Toyota sales are down however, by 5.1 percent for the year-to-date, but the Camry, Prado, HiLux, LandCruiser Wagon, HiAce Van and HiAce Bus all topped their respective segments.

Mazda finished March in second on 10,228 sales, followed by Hyundai (9700), Holden (8355) and Mitsubishi (6519).

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Top 10 Selling Brands - March 2016

  1. Toyota - 17,849 sales (down 6.5 percent)
  2. Mazda - 10,228 (up 0.1 percent)
  3. Hyundai - 9700 (up 11.4 percent)
  4. Holden - 8355 (down 2.5 percent)
  5. Mitsubishi - 6519 (up 3.4 percent)
  6. Ford - 6481 (up 7.6 percent)
  7. Nissan - 5811 (down 18.6 percent)
  8. Volkswagen - 5316 (down 3.8 percent)
  9. Subaru - 4825 (up 20.6 percent)
  10. Mercedes-Benz - 3728 (up 7.1 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - March 2016

  1. Hyundai i30 - 4198 (8511 sales year-to-date)
  2. Toyota HiLux - 3897 (9499)
  3. Toyota Corolla - 3612 (9825)
  4. Mazda3 - 3145 (10,221)
  5. Ford Ranger - 2960 (8033)
  6. Mitsubishi Triton - 2740 (6104)
  7. Holden Commodore - 2559 (6132)
  8. Mazda CX-5 - 2252 (6158)
  9. Hyundai Accent - 2034 (3779)
  10. Nissan X-Trail - 1991 (4858)
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