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.
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 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.
Top 10 Selling Brands - March 2014
- Toyota - 18,275 - down 2.0 percent
- Holden - 9851 - up 18.9 percent
- Mazda - 9203 - up 1.0 percent
- Hyundai - 8606 - up 2.4 percent
- Ford - 7037 - up 9.4 percent
- Nissan - 6014 - down 28.5 percent
- Mitsubishi - 5435 - up 5.5 percent
- Volkswagen - 4613 - up 7.3 percent
- Subaru - 3812 - down 9.6 percent
- Kia - 2762 - up 4.5 percent
Top 10 Selling Models - March 2014
- Toyota Corolla - 4086 sales
- Mazda3 - 3587
- Toyota HiLux - 3105
- Holden Commodore - 2967
- Hyundai i30 - 2767
- Ford Ranger - 2300
- Toyota Camry - 2085
- Mazda CX-5 - 1932
- Toyota RAV4 - 1888
- Toyota Prado - 1719