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Australia’s top selling cars in January

By David Bonnici, 05 Feb 2018 Car News

Australia’s top selling cars in January

The Australian new-car market has started 2018 well, with sales already up from a record-breaking 2017. Here’s a list of the top sellers in each segment

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a punchy start in 2018, with total sales last month hitting 88,551, up 4.3 percent from January 2017. Again it was light commercials, dominated by trade utes, which led the charge, up by a whopping 20.3 percent,

This was reflected by the sales positions of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, which against finished one and two on the VFACTS table. The HiLux enjoyed 3860 sales, closely followed the Ranger’s 3260, with Hilux up 42.9 percent, and the Ranger 24.5 percent compared to January 2017.

The Mazda 3 (3201 sales) pipped that long-running top-seller, the Toyota Corolla (2776) to third spot, with each down from January 2017 by 7.8 percent and 5.7 percent respectively. That’s slightly better than total passenger car sales which dropped by 8.7 percent compared to this time last year.

Meanwhile SUVs continued their steady rise, up 10.9 percent and led by the Mazda CX-5 (2152), which rounded out the top five thanks to an 11.9 percent increase sales.

There were a few surprises in each of the top-5 lists by vehicle type, as our segment-by-segment list shows. We feel somehow proud that we live in a country where the Porsche 911 outsells the Suzuki Celerio by a factor of 76 to 1, but the tables show a healthy start to the year, continuing a steady – and hopefully sustainable - trend from 2017.

SUV Small

  1. Mazda CX-3 – 1592
  2. Subaru XV – 1108
  3. Hyundai Kona – 1093
  4. Honda HR-V – 1002
  5. Mitsubishi ASX – 872

(As expected ASX’s top-of-the-table sales were cannibalised to a certain extent by its sibling, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse X, which quickly sold 425 in its debut month)

SUV Small (premium)

  1. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class – 374
  2. BMW X1 – 325
  3. Audi Q2 – 183
  4. Audi Q3 – 125
  5. Mini Countryman – 89

SUV Medium (premium)

  1. Mazda CX-5 – 2152
  2. Toyota RAV4 – 1780
  3. Nissan X-Trail – 1668
  4. Honda CR-V – 1474
  5. Hyundai Tucson – 1420

SUV Medium (Premium)

  1. BMW X3 – 511
  2. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class – 471
  3. Audi Q5 – 321
  4. Range Rover Discovery Sport – 287
  5. Porsche Macan - 285

SUV Large

  1. Toyota LandCruiser Prado – 1169
  2. Toyota LandCruiser 200 – 927
  3. Toyota Kluger – 897
  4. Subaru Outback – 845
  5. Mazda CX-9 – 770

SUV Large (premium)

  • Range Rover Sport – 209
  • Audi Q7 – 206
  • BMW X5 – 199
  • Land Rover Discovery – 153
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - 153

Passenger Micro car

  1. Kia Picanto – 347
  2. Holden Spark – 137
  3. Mitsubishi Mirage – 95
  4. Fiat 500/Abarth 595 – 76
  5. Fiat Panda and Suzuki Celerio – 1 each

Passenger Light car

  1. Hyundai Accent – 1097
  2. Mazda 2 – 1050
  3. Toyota Yaris – 758
  4. Suzuki Swift – 685
  5. Kia Rio - 530

Passenger Light (premium)

  1. Mini hatch – 166
  2. Audi A1 – 81
  3. Mini Clubman – 39
  4. Citroen C3 – 13
  5. Peugeot 208 - 9

Passenger Small

  1. Mazda 3 – 3201
  2. Toyota Corolla – 2776
  3. Hyundai i30 – 1850
  4. Volkswagen Golf – 1523
  5. Kia Cerato – 1432

Passenger Small (premium)

  1. Audi A3 – 389
  2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 353
  3. BMW 1 Series – 239
  4. Mercedes Benz B-Class – 119
  5. Volvo V40/V40 Cross Country – 97

Passenger Medium

  1. Toyota Camry – 754
  2. Mazda 6 – 254
  3. Skoda Octavia – 141
  4. Subaru Liberty – 140
  5. Subaru Levorg - 98

Passenger Medium (premium)

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 492 
  2. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class – 250
  3. BMW 3 Series – 244
  4. Audi A4 – 96
  5. Lexus IS - 76

Passenger Large

  1. Holden Commodore – 871
  2. Kia Stinger -139
  3. Toyota Aurion – 58
  4. Skoda Superb – 50
  5. Chrysler 300 - 27

Passenger Large (premium)

  1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 178
  2. BMW 5 Series – 46
  3. Maserati Ghibli – 41
  4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class – 34
  5. Porsche Panamera – 30

Sports cars  

  1. Ford Mustang – 440
  2. Hyundai Veloster – 144
  3. BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible – 109
  4. Toyota 86 – 85
  5. Subaru BRZ – 71

Sports cars (premium)

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe/Convertible – 153
  2. BMW 4 Series Coupe/Convertible – 131
  3. Porsche 911 – 73
  4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible – 55
  5. Audi A5 - 42

People Movers

  • Kia Carnival – 476
  • Honda Odyssey – 168
  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class – 53
  • LDV G10 Wagon – 51
  • Volkswagen Multivan – 50

Light Commercial Pick Up/Cab Chassis

  • Toyota Hilux – 3860
  • Ford Ranger – 3260
  • Nissan Navara 1578
  • Mitsubishi Triton – 1533
  • Holden Colorado – 1390