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Trevor Collett | Apr, 04 2014 | 5 Comments

Toyota’s Corolla has hit back against arch-rival the Mazda3, regaining the top spot for new car sales in Australia in March.

Both companies have now refreshed their full small-car lines, with the all-new Mazda3 models in showrooms and Toyota’s new Corolla Sedan joining its hatch sibling from last year.

The new Corolla Sedan may have been enough for Toyota to regain sales momentum over Mazda in March, with 4086 Corolla sales compared to the second-placed Mazda3 on 3587.

Toyota’s evergreen HiLux pickup finished the month in third place with 3105 sales, while the Holden Commodore maintained its fourth place from February with 2967 sales.

Holden in particular had a strong sales month in March. The lion moved back into second overall behind Toyota - after Mazda took second place last month - and Holden sales are up more than any other carmaker in Q1, 2014.

While the Commodore is carrying 'the lion’s share’ (sorry - Ed) with sales up a sizeable 85 percent over March last year, Holden’s Colorado 4WD, Cruze and Captiva 7 all pitched in, with each model easily beating the 1000-sales mark.

Holden also managed to find new homes for ten Volt EVs, up from four in the same month last year.

The Commodore is ahead by a country mile in the large car class under $70,000, with its 2967 sales dwarfing the Ford Falcon on 641 and the Toyota Aurion on just 263.

The updated Falcon is due soon, and Ford will be hoping the refresh can boost its large car sales as a swansong before the badge is retired.

Overall, Toyota was comfortably in front with 18,275 sales for March, ahead of the aforementioned Holden on 9851 and Mazda with 9203.

Toyota claimed five of the top ten places last month, with the Corolla, HiLux, Camry, Rav4 and Prado finishing first, third, seventh, ninth and tenth respectively.

Hyundai finished the month in fourth with 8606 sales, ahead of Ford on 7037, Nissan on 6014 and Mitsubishi with 5435 sales.

Just outside the top-ten and ‘knocking on the door’ is Mercedes-Benz, which improved from 12th in February to be 11th in March; 74 sales behind tenth-placed Kia.

Top 10 Selling Brands - March 2014

  1. Toyota - 18,275 - down 2.0 percent
  2. Holden - 9851 - up 18.9 percent
  3. Mazda - 9203 - up 1.0 percent
  4. Hyundai - 8606 - up 2.4 percent
  5. Ford - 7037 - up 9.4 percent
  6. Nissan - 6014 - down 28.5 percent
  7. Mitsubishi - 5435 - up 5.5 percent
  8. Volkswagen - 4613 - up 7.3 percent
  9. Subaru - 3812 - down 9.6 percent
  10. Kia - 2762 - up 4.5 percent

Top 10 Selling Models - March 2014

  1. Toyota Corolla - 4086 sales
  2. Mazda3 - 3587
  3. Toyota HiLux - 3105
  4. Holden Commodore - 2967
  5. Hyundai i30 - 2767
  6. Ford Ranger - 2300
  7. Toyota Camry - 2085
  8. Mazda CX-5 - 1932
  9. Toyota RAV4 - 1888
  10. Toyota Prado - 1719

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