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Trevor Collett | Aug, 05 2014 | 23 Comments

Six months after the all-new Mazda3 arrived in Australia, Toyota's Corolla has overtaken its sales lead, with the hatch's success bolstered by the Q1 launch of the sedan.

The Corolla passed the Mazda3 in overall sales for 2014 during July, topping the monthly sales charts for the fifth month running.

Toyota found new homes for 3800 Corollas last month, compared with the Mazda3’s 3421 sales. Year-to-date figures for each are now 25,966 and 25,945 respectively.

With end-of-financial-year sales done and dusted, two commercial utilities slipped out of the top-ten as sales figures ‘normalised’ to largely reflect the five months of 2014 before June.

Holden’s Commodore returned to fourth spot after falling to seventh last month, while the Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara slipped out of the top-ten after third and ninth place finishes respectively.

After an ‘SUV-free’ top-ten in June, July saw the Mazda CX-5 finish the month in sixth place on 1895 sales.

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee (1409 sales), the Hyundai ix35 (1380), Toyota Rav4 (1327) and Subaru Forester (1204) rounded-out the top-five for SUVs, showing a spread of sales across size segments.

The Toyota Camry maintained eighth spot from last month, while the Cruze and Colorado made it a strong month for Holden with both models breaking into the top-ten.

While Holden sales are up 6.6 percent for the year, the figures are surprisingly down 11.3 percent on July last year, reflecting an overall downturn in new-car sales.

Hyundai and Nissan managed to buck the trend with improvements of 4.3 and 7.5 percent respectively on July last year, while both Volkswagen and Subaru managed a 0.6 percent improvement.

Just outside the top-ten, Mercedes-Benz continued its strong 2014 with an 11th place finish; 105 sales ahead of Kia in 12th and 130 ahead of Jeep in 13th.

Benz’s B-Class topped the small car segment above $40,000, while the E-Class was the best-selling large car above $70,000.

In the Upper Large segment above $100,000, Maserati's 'sedan' models and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class continued their sales battle with the Maserati beating the Merc by 19 sales this month.

The top-two were reversed last month, and the pair tied for sales in May.

Other class winners included the Mitsubishi Mirage in the sub-light category and the Hyundai iMax for people-movers under $60,000, while the Porsche 911 topped the sports category above $200,000.

Toyota was the top-selling brand again in July, followed by Holden, Hyundai, Mazda and Ford.


Top 10 Selling Brands - July 2014

  1. Toyota - 16,486 sales - down 5.4 percent
  2. Holden - 8990 - down 11.3 percent
  3. Hyundai - 8351 - up 4.3 percent
  4. Mazda - 8048 - down 5.6 percent
  5. Ford - 6210 - down 7.8 percent
  6. Nissan - 5451 - up 7.5 percent
  7. Mitsubishi - 5042 - down 10.4 percent
  8. Volkswagen - 3991 - up 0.6 percent
  9. Subaru - 3121 - up 0.6 percent
  10. Honda - 2708 - down 1.4 percent

Top 10 Selling Models - July 2014

  1. Toyota Corolla - 3800 sales
  2. Mazda3 - 3421
  3. Toyota HiLux - 3140
  4. Holden Commodore - 2469
  5. Hyundai i30 - 2434
  6. Ford Ranger - 2023
  7. Mazda CX-5 - 1895
  8. Toyota Camry - 1805
  9. Holden Cruze - 1747
  10. Holden Colorado - 1443

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