Australia is on track to break its all-time record for new vehicle sales in a calendar year, with another strong showing from the market in November.
VFACTS reveals sales have now topped the one-million mark with one survey remaining, following 98,639 new registrations last month.
That figure saw sales rise 6.9 percent on November last year, and the overall sales-tally now sits on 1,055,792 compared with 1,016,415 at the same time last year (up 3.9 percent).
The previous record was set in 2013, when 1,136,227 vehicles were sold.
Back then, Toyota topped the sales charts for the year with 214,630 units; the Japanese carmaker needs another 29,612 sales in December to eclipse that total.
To the end of November, Toyota had sold 185,019 new cars in Australia but the carmaker’s tally of 18,402 sales last month suggests it might fall short of the 2013 total.
Nevertheless, Toyota is ahead of its nearest competitor by a country mile, and the Corolla small car is all but assured of ending 2015 as Australia’s top-selling car.
Each topped the 3000-mark, with 3369 sales for HiLux, 3025 for Camry and 3430 sales for Corolla which was the country’s best-selling car again in November.
The Mazda3 achieved 3104 sales last month and is the Corolla’s nearest rival for the honour of being declared the best-selling car in Australia for 2015. The Toyota’s 3405-unit lead however means a comeback from the ‘3’ over the remaining 31 days of survey is highly unlikely.
It’s also safe to say Toyota’s lead of 80,703 units over Mazda for 2015 will not be overhauled. Mazda itself is likely to finish the year in second place with a 9471-unit lead over third-placed Hyundai.
From there, the competition gets interesting, with Hyundai leading Holden in fourth place by 1040 sales. The race between fifth and sixth is even tighter, with Mitsubishi leading Ford by just 79 sales.
Despite the effects of the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal, Volkswagen managed to lift sales by 0.9 percent over November last year, and is up 11 percent for the year-to-date. Volkswagen is currently eighth on the overall ladder for 2015 on 55,767 sales.
The surprise packet for November was Nissan’s X-Trail, which worked its way into the top-ten in ninth on 2225 sales outselling all other SUVs in the process. Nissan’s Navara also performed well, with 2291 units finding new homes to see the pickup finish the month in eighth.
Top 10 Selling Brands - YTD 2015
- Toyota - 185,019 sales (up 0.3 percent)
- Mazda - 104,316 (up 13.4 percent)
- Hyundai - 94,845 (up 2.7 percent)
- Holden - 93,805 (down 4.6 percent)
- Mitsubishi - 64,243 (up 5.0 percent)
- Ford - 64,164 (down 13.0 percent)
- Nissan - 61,050 (up 1.5 percent)
- Volkswagen - 55,767 (up 11.0 percent)
- Subaru - 39,991 (up 7.9 percent)
- Honda - 36,782 (up 25.8 percent)
Top 10 Selling Brands - November 2015
- Toyota - 18,402 sales (up 15 percent)
- Mazda - 9807 (up 21 percent)
- Holden - 8889 (up 13.3 percent)
- Hyundai - 8416 (down 2.1 percent)
- Nissan - 7229 (up 39.5 percent)
- Ford - 6332 (up 8.4 percent)
- Mitsubishi - 5169 (down 26.9 percent)
- Volkswagen - 4441 (up 0.9 percent)
- Subaru - 3884 (up 2.2 percent)
- Honda - 3067 (up 2.9 percent)
Top 10 Selling Models - November 2015
- Toyota Corolla - 3430 (38,604 sales YTD)
- Toyota HiLux - 3369 (32,028)
- Mazda3 - 3104 (35,199)
- Ford Ranger - 3028 (26,349)
- Toyota Camry - 3025 (22,333)
- Holden Commodore - 2614 (25,148)
- Hyundai i30 - 2499 (30,307)
- Nissan Navara - 2291 (13,029)
- Nissan X-Trail - 2225 (16,737)
- Mazda CX-5 - 2169 (23,219)