THE Australian new-vehicle market reached the magic million mark in November, but remained flat, with sales down 7.4 per cent compared with the same month last year.
Data from industry statistician Vfacts shows even the SUV market failed to ignite, and the only growth of consequence was among the 4x4 utes, again dominated by Toyota’s HiLux.
Total November sales amounted to 93,860 units – 11,500 down on the same time last year – for a cumulative year-to-date total to 1,065,583.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ Tony Weber said the statistics reflected the state of the economy.
“However, it is encouraging that sales have passed the one million mark with one more selling month to go,” he said.
“The fall in sales is a modest outcome win a market where consumer preferences are rapidly shifting from passenger vehicles to SUVs.”
Passenger-car sales in November were down more than 20per cent, to 29,250, but 4x4 ute sales were up nearly 9per cent and light-commercial sales increaed 4per cent, to 20,900.
HiLux, on 4671, was way out front, with Ford Ranger in second spot, more than 1000 sales astern, and Toyota Corolla stayed in third place on 2659 sales.
Fourth was Mitsubishi’s Triton 4x4 (2404), edging ahead of the Hyundai i30, which found 2378 buyers.
Just 35 sales behind was the Mazda3, followed by stablemate Mazda CX-5, which was sime 50 sales ahead of rival SUV Nissan X-Trail, 6 sales in front of the Navara 4x4.
Tenth spot was occupied by another SUV stalwart in Hyundai’s Tucson.
Holden is having a tough time with its year-to-date sales down by a third and its imported Commodore was comprehensively outsold by its Colorado ute.
Kia’s Picanto again easily led the micro market, but Fiat 500 overtook Mitsubishi Mirage – by a solitary sale – to claim second spot.
Hyundai Accent topped the light car sector, Corolla the small car market and Camry remained unchallenged in the medium car segment.
Kia Carnival was still king of the people movers and Mustang was way in front among the sub-$80K sports cars.
The small SUV segment was a dogfight, led by Nissan Qashqai on 1343 sales from Mazda CX-3 (1302), Mitsubishi ASX (1261) and Hyundai Kona, on 1001.
There was a similar battle in the medium SUVs, headed by CX-5 (1998), X-Trail (1942), and Toyota Rav4 (1936).
Prado topped the large SUV class.
Aston Martin had 15 buyers in November, the new Alpine 110 snared 12 buyers in its first few days, 12 more bought Bentley Bentaygas, Holden Astra clocked up a neat 1000 sales and Mitsubishi Outlander was one behind on 999.
The overall top 10 were:
- Toyota – 18,271
- Mazda – 8905
- Hyundai – 7969
- Mitsubishi – 6953
- Ford – 5519
- Nissan – 330
- Holden – 5125
- Volkswagen – 4713
- Kia – 4644
- Subaru – 3921