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Trevor Collett | Nov, 07 2014 | 2 Comments

The Australian new-car market continued its downward slide in October, easing 1.5 percent on the same month last year.

Four carmakers in the top-five saw fewer cars leave dealer’s lots than during October last year, with Holden suffering the biggest downturn at 28.4 percent.

But while market-leader Toyota also saw sales down 4.1 percent on the same month last year, the Japanese carmaker sold more than twice as many cars as the next best.

In fact, if Toyota had sold just half of its October tally - 8691 cars - it would still have beaten second-placed Hyundai’s total of 8401.

Holden was third last month with 7542 sales, followed by Mazda (6880), Ford (6337) and Nissan (5759).

That fourth-place for Mazda potentially spells the end of the Mazda3 verses Toyota Corolla battle for overall supremacy in 2014, as the latter was well on top during October with 3819 sales.

Mazda’s 3 tightened the gap from Corolla last month to just 23 sales for the year, but was 891 units behind the Toyota in October.

With two surveys remaining in 2014, the Corolla now leads the Mazda3 by 914 sales.

While the top-five carmakers for October were down on the same month last year, the rest of the top-ten contained a few makes on the market-rebound and another in relatively new territory.

Nissan improved 8.9 percent on October last year to finish sixth, while ninth-placed Subaru was up 40 percent.

But Mercedes-Benz is arguably the success story for October; up 39.3 percent on last year and finishing in the top-ten for the second time this year.

The German carmaker’s 3150 sales put it comfortably ahead of 11th-placed Jeep on 2628, which was just two sales ahead of 12th-placed Honda on 2626. Kia was next on 2113 sales.

The SUV market was up 9.7 percent on the same month last year, and up 14,551 sales on the year-to-date figure.

Yet only one SUV - Mazda’s CX-5 - cracked the top-ten. So where are the rest?

Several models can be found just outside the top-ten, led by the Toyota Rav4 in 11th with 12 fewer sales than the Mazda.

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee is the next SUV in 12th on 1365 sales, followed by the Hyundai ix35 which couldn’t repeat its top-ten finish from last month (16th - 1273 sales).

Subaru’s Forester was next (17th - 1266 sales), followed by the Toyota Prado (18th - 1218 sales) and Subaru XV (20th - 1149 sales).

Every passenger car segment was down last month, except medium-sized models.

The Toyota Camry dominates the segment below $60,000, clocking up 1908 sales last month; a long way ahead of the next-best Mazda6 (387 sales), Ford Mondeo (299) and Volkswagen Passat (277).

The medium car class over $60,000 was a one-two for Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class and CLA-Class last month, followed by the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS.

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Top 10 Selling Brands - October 2014

  1. Toyota - 17,382 sales - (down 4.1 percent)
  2. Hyundai - 8401 - (up 3.3 percent)
  3. Holden - 7542 - (down 28.4 percent)
  4. Mazda - 6880 - (down 13.6 percent)
  5. Ford - 6337 - (down 15.3 percent)
  6. Nissan - 5759 - (up 8.9 percent)
  7. Mitsubishi - 5115 - (up 0.9 percent)
  8. Volkswagen - 4764 - (down 3.0 percent)
  9. Subaru - 4003 - (up 40.0 percent)
  10. Mercedes-Benz - 3150 - (up 39.3 percent)

Top 10 Selling Models - October 2014

  1. Toyota Corolla - 3819 - (36,925 sales year-to-date)
  2. Toyota HiLux - 3228 - (31,876)
  3. Mazda3 - 2928 sales - (36,011)
  4. Hyundai i30 - 2475 - (25,791)
  5. Ford Ranger - 2405 - (22,539)
  6. Holden Commodore - 2210 - (25,994)
  7. Toyota Camry - 1908 - (17,689)
  8. Mitsubishi Triton - 1787 - (18,654)
  9. Volkswagen Golf - 1755 - (16,157)
  10. Mazda CX-5 - 1594 - (18,237)
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