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Mike Stevens | Jan, 07 2014 | 23 Comments

Toyota has been a dominant force in the Australian automotive landscape for decades, holding around 20 percent of the market for the better part of 25 years.

But, while it has often been the top-selling brand here, never has Toyota managed to put an individual model on top of the country's annual sales charts. Until 2013, that is.

Thanks to the launch of its all-new Corolla hatch, and a slight decline in sales for previous king the Mazda3, Toyota finally chased down that elusive title: Australia's number-one selling car.

It was a tight race, however, Toyota's Corolla fighting off a late charge from the ageing Mazda3 - due to be replaced this month - to take the top spot with 43,498 hatch and sedan sales.

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"This long-term success demonstrates clearly that each new generation of Corolla has addressed the needs of the customer at the time - and today's customers have made it clear the current 11th generation is the best Corolla ever," Toyota Australia's Tony Cramb said.

Mazda's 3, Australia's best-selling car in 2011 and 2012, managed 42,000 hatch and sedan sales for the year.

For Mazda, the 3's results mark a dip of around 4.5 percent across 2013, while the new Corolla hatch contributed to an increase of around 12 percent.

Elsewhere in the Toyota range, the Camry remains Australia's best-selling medium car, while the 4x2 and 4x4 HiLux models are again the country's most popular light-commercial and four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Toyota remains Australia's number-one auto brand, selling 214,630 vehicles in 2013 - around 102,000 more than nearest rival, Holden.

The 2013 figures also mark the brand's 11th consecutive year at the front of the Australian automotive market.

Toyota's new Corolla Sedan will make its Australian debut in February.

Across the market, 2013 sales figures reach 1.136 million for the year, comfortably bettering 2012's record 1.12 million sales.

 

2013's Top 20 Best-selling Vehicles

  1. Toyota Corolla - 43,498
  2. Mazda3 - 42,082
  3. Toyota HiLux - 39,931
  4. Hyundai i30 - 30,582
  5. Holden Commodore - 27,766
  6. Toyota Camry - 24,860
  7. Mitsubishi Triton - 24,512
  8. Holden Cruze - 24,421
  9. Nissan Navara - 24,108
  10. Ford Ranger - 21,752
  11. Mazda CX-5 - 20,129
  12. Ford Focus - 19,180
  13. Hyundai ix35 - 19,086
  14. Volkswagen Golf - 17,342
  15. Holden Colorado - 17,203
  16. Toyota RAV4 - 16,983
  17. Mazda2 - 15,167
  18. Toyota Prado - 14,568
  19. Ford Territory, Honda Civic - 14,261
 

2013's Top 20 Best-selling Brands

  1. Toyota - 214,630
  2. Holden - 112,059
  3. Mazda - 103,144
  4. Hyundai - 97,006
  5. Ford - 87,236
  6. Nissan - 76,733
  7. Mitsubishi - 71,528
  8. Volkswagen - 54,892
  9. Subaru - 40,200
  10. Honda - 39,258
  11. Kia - 29,778
  12. Mercedes-Benz - 27,547
  13. Jeep - 22,170
  14. Suzuki - 22,075
  15. BMW - 20,522
  16. Audi - 16,009
  17. Isuzu Ute - 10,209
  18. Land Rover - 8350
  19. Renault - 7016
  20. Lexus - 6920

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