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New Car Sales May 2015: HiLux On Top As Pickup And SUV Boom Continues Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Jun, 03 2015 | 14 Comments

Pickups hauling hard: Toyota’s HiLux back on top for May, followed by Mazda3, Corolla, Triton and Ranger.


SUVs and commercial vehicles continue to close the gap on passenger cars in Australia, with new VFACTS data this month revealing significant sales growth for the former and a slide for the latter.

SUV sales for May increased by 5.8 percent over the same period in 2014, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 13.5 percent for a total of 157,415 sales.

Sales of light commercial vehicles (LCV) increased 1.0 percent in May for a year-to-date growth of 3.6 percent and a total so far of 78,926 sales.

Passenger cars remain the best-selling segment with 204,366 year-to-date sales, although that figure is down 5.0 percent against the 215,152 sales achieved by the end of May 2014.

Overall, the market's 83,327 sales for May represent a decline of 1235 vehicles, or 1.3 percent, against the same period in 2014. (The FCAI notes that May 2015 had one less selling day than May 2014, resulting in an increase of 87.2 vehicle sales per day.)

Year-to-date sales for the industry are ahead at 452,577, however, marking a 2.5 percent increase.

Signalling the strength of LCVs in May, Toyota's HiLux supplanted the Corolla as Australia's best-selling car for the month, while the Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger also figured in the top five.

The HiLux achieved 3173 sales in May, compared to 3313 last year. The Mazda3 skipped the Corolla (2688 sales) into second place, achieving 2876 sales - although this was down on the 3291 sales taken in May 2014.

The Triton and Ranger were the only models to see growth in the top five, achieving 2683 and 2411 sales respectively - increases of 19.0 and 4.1 percent on the same period in 2014.

Hyundai’s light i20 climbed back into the top 10 in May with 1920 registrations - up from 1406 for the same period in 2014, marking a 36.6 percent increase. Its larger i30 sibling dropped from 4th to 10th, however, with 1666 sales - a 34.7 percent decline.

Toyota was again the best-selling brand in May with 15,928 sales, although this is down on the brand’s performance in May 2014 when it achieved 17,246 sales.

Mazda further secured second place with a 12.5 percent increase in May, while Hyundai held third place, despite a 1.6 percent decline for the month.

Holden's 10.4 percent year-to-date slide has brought Hyundai closer to becoming Australia's third best-selling brand in 2015, with the gap between the two brands now just 717 cars wide.

Honda may be the underdog success story of 2015, however, growing 21.5 percent in May and 24.0 percent year-to-date, moving the brand into the top 10 for both May and for the year so far.

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Top 10 Selling Brands - YTD 2015

  1. Toyota - 80,213 sales (down 0.1 percent)
  2. Mazda - 45,065 (up 5.9 percent)
  3. Holden - 39,809 (down 10.4 percent)
  4. Hyundai - 39,092 (down 1.3 percent)
  5. Ford - 27,559 (down 17.8 percent)
  6. Mitsubishi - 26,855 (up 10.1 percent)
  7. Nissan - 26,314 (up 4.6 percent)
  8. Volkswagen - 24,917 (up 13.4 percent)
  9. Subaru - 17,157 (up 6.0 percent)
  10. Honda - 15,291 (up 24.0 percent)

Top 10 Selling Brands - May 2015

  1. Toyota - 15,928 sales (down 7.6 percent)
  2. Mazda - 8717 (up 12.5 percent)
  3. Hyundai - 8269 (down 1.6 percent)
  4. Holden - 7956 (down 11.7 percent)
  5. Mitsubishi - 6149 (up 6.4 percent)
  6. Ford - 5994 (down 13.8 percent)
  7. Volkswagen - 5543 (up 12.5 percent)
  8. Nissan - 4467 (down 28.9 percent)
  9. Subaru - 3776 (up 14.4 percent)
  10. Honda - 3086 (up 21.5 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - May 2015

  1. Toyota HiLux - 3173 sales (14,500 year-to-date)
  2. Mazda3 - 2876 (16,300)
  3. Toyota Corolla - 2688 (17,598)
  4. Mitsubishi Triton - 2683 (10,183)
  5. Ford Ranger - 2411 (10,772)
  6. Holden Commodore - 2217 (10,997)
  7. Volkswagen Golf - 2093 (9147)
  8. Mazda CX?5 - 1981 (9977)
  9. Hyundai i20 - 1920 (6100)
  10. Hyundai i30 - 1666 (10,280)
 
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