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Trevor Collett | Jul, 05 2017 | 1 Comment

Australia’s new car market in June kept the 2017 sales momentum rolling, with yet another all-time record month driving the market to what could be another record year.

VFACTS reveals the market was up an impressive 4.4 percent over the same month last year, with 134,171 new cars finding homes.

The result easily surpasses the previous record of 128,569, set in June 2016, and gives the market a slender lead of 1412 sales over the year-to-date figures from the same time last year.

Even at this early stage, it seems highly likely that a commercial pickup will be the country’s best-selling vehicle for the year, come December, and Toyota’s HiLux would be the early favourite.

June saw HiLux chalk up another 5461 sales on the back of strong sales to date for 2017 and end of financial year incentives. The ‘Lux now has 23,378 sales in the bank for 2017.

But few would have predicted Ford’s Ranger would provide such strong resistance this time last year, and the Ranger’s second placing in June (5051 sales) sees it 1740 units behind.

The gap has widened since May, when it was 1330 units, but the Ranger is outselling the HiLux when the all-important 4WD pickup market is considered alone.

Toyota’s Corolla was third for June on 3830 sales, and the Hyundai Tucson was Australia’s top-selling SUV last month in fourth on 3741 sales.

The Tucson dominated the SUV market last month, which as a whole was up 11.7 percent on the same month last year and five percent YTD.

Mazda’s CX-5 was another strong SUV seller in ninth overall (2487 sales), as was Toyota’s Rav4 in tenth (2460).

Mitsubishi’s ASX was best-selling small SUV with 2247 units, the Toyota Prado topped the sheets for large SUVs (1971 sales) and the Toyota LandCruiser Wagon dominated the Upper Large SUV class under $100,000, as it usually does, with 95 percent of the market on 1255 sales.

Behind the HiLux and Ranger, the only other pickup to feature in the top ten was Mitsubishi’s Triton in eighth on 2995 sales.

A few of the ‘hidden’ sales results for June include the Renault Fluence, which officially exited the Australian market in May 2015 but chalked up two sales last month.

Bentley sold an impressive 18 Bentayga SUVs, after selling five and one in May and April respectively. Skoda’s Fabia is up 53 percent with 141 sales, and the Holden Astra had one of its best months since the badge was reintroduced with 1580 sales.

Nissan’s Altima has faded to seven sales last month, and it appears Pulsar stocks are finally exhausted with no sales recorded in June.

Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia managed 87 sales while Ford’s Falcon (11 sales) and Territory (120) are still bothering the scorers. The same carmaker, Ford, suddenly has a plentiful supply of Mustangs it would seem, with 1276 sales recorded last month - up 234 percent.

Overall, Toyota leads the sales race for 2017 with another 24,546 sales added to the tally in June. Mazda and Hyundai are battling it out for second, and each has put plenty of daylight between themselves and fourth-placed Holden at this stage.

But the story of June 2017 was Kia. The Korean carmaker finished seventh on the ladder with 6737 sales - up an impressive 35 percent.

Kia’s Optima and seven-seat Rondo were the only current models to see a slight dip in sales, while the Cerato, Carnival and Sportage all showed strong results.

Even the slow-selling Kia Soul managed 35 sales, and the Picanto is easily the best-selling micro car in Australia with 58 percent market share last month (380 sales) and 44 percent YTD (1583).

Behind Kia, Nissan finished eighth and Volkswagen was ninth, while a resurgent Honda displaced Subaru from the top-ten despite the latter having its best June on record and best-ever half-yearly sales results.

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Top 10 Selling Brands - June 2017

  1. Toyota - 24,546 (up 6.5 percent YTD)
  2. Mazda - 12,501 (up 0.9 percent)
  3. Hyundai - 12,251 (down 8.3 percent)
  4. Holden - 9273 (down 12.3 percent)
  5. Mitsubishi - 9266 (up 6.5 percent)
  6. Ford - 8853 (up 0.8 percent)
  7. Kia - 6737 (up 35 percent)
  8. Nissan - 6690 (down 10.6 percent)
  9. Volkswagen - 6447 (down 2.3 percent)
  10. Honda - 5402 (up 11.2 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - June 2017

  1. Toyota HiLux - 5461 (23,378 sales YTD)
  2. Ford Ranger - 5051 (21,638)
  3. Toyota Corolla - 3830 (19,454)
  4. Hyundai Tucson - 3741 (12,836)
  5. Mazda3 - 3490 (18,052)
  6. Hyundai i30 - 3471 (14,537)
  7. Toyota Camry - 3191 (11,698)
  8. Mitsubishi Triton - 2995 (11,941)
  9. Mazda CX-5 - 2487 (12,924)
  10. Toyota Rav4 - 2460 (10,811)
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