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August 2016 new car sales: Top 10 SUVs

By Jez Spinks, 05 Sep 2016 Car News

Mazda CX-5

SUVs continue to sell big with Aussie customers.

SUVs continued their threat to overtake passenger car sales in August.

Just 2549 units separated the two segments last month, according to the latest official industry figures. In August 2015, the gap had been 7773.

The Mazda CX-5 again led the charge, cementing its position as Australia’s most popular SUV so far in 2016 with another monthly sales victory.

Mazda’s mid-sized SUV topped the August sales chart for sports utility vehicles with 1902 units, heading a surprise runner-up in the form of the Mitsubishi ASX.

Mitsubishi ASX

ASX sales jumped nearly 80 per cent over August 2015 to place Mitsubishi’s smallest SUV ahead of the usual incumbent, the Toyota RAV4 – by just the slimmest of margins: 1781 v 1766 sales.

Hyundai’s Tucson recorded the biggest leap - up 324 percent – though that is compared to an August 2015 when the model was only just being introduced as a replacement for the ix35.

The Korean company was the only brand not to feature a double act in the top 10.

Mazda’s smaller sibling to the CX-5, the CX-3, placed seventh, Mitsubishi’s ASX was joined by the bigger Outlander (eighth), while Nissan occupied fifth and 10th spots with the X-Trail and Qashqai twins, respectively.

Toyota RAV4

Toyota had a triple act with the RAV4 (third), Prado (sixth) and Kluger (ninth).

With two-thirds of the year gone, the CX-5 sits at the top of the year-to-date tree with 16,428 sales – a huge 3109 units ahead of the second-placed RAV4.

Tucson’s superior August allowed it to leapfrog the Mazda CX-3 into the final podium position, followed not too far behind by the X-Trail.

Hyundai Tucson

 Top 10 selling SUVs in August 2016

Rank Model Sales
1. Mazda CX-5   1902
2. Mitsubishi ASX   1781
3. Toyota RAV4   1766
4. Hyundai Tucson   1654
5. Nissan X-Trail  1487
6. Toyota Prado   1328
7. Mazda CX-3   1323
8. Mitsubishi Outlander   1287
9. Toyota Kluger   1106
10. Nissan Qashqai  1066


Race to be Australia’s favourite SUV (at end of August 2016)

Rank Brand Sales
1. Mazda CX-5   16,428
2. Toyota RAV4   13,319
3. Hyundai Tucson   12,760
4. Mazda CX-3   12,439
5. Nissan X-Trail    11,904

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries