Toyota’s ute again finished behind the stablemate Corolla in the top 10 – 3554 v 3311 units – but it leads the hatch overall for the year by a narrowed margin of just 93 units.
The Hyundai i30 has slipped from top spot to third overall after finishing just eighth in August sales with a figure of 1864. It is the second consecutive month the model’s volume has dropped since attractive driveaway deals ended.
A big update for the Mazda 3 in August helped the Japanese hatch-sedan return to the top 10 after a surprising omission in July’s results. It was fourth with 2818 sales, not far behind the ever-impressive Ford Ranger (2964).
That knocked the company’s CX-3 out of the top 10, though the bigger CX-5 SUV remains a big-selling regular (7th, 1902 units).
The Toyota Camry had a strong month with nearly 2500 sales to place fifth, well ahead of the Holden Commodore in sixth with 1952.
The biggest surprise of August, though, has to be the Mitsubishi ASX, which jumped into the mix with a fantastic figure of 1781 sales.
A fourth Toyota, the RAV4, rounded off the top 10.
August’s total market of 94,909 is an increase of nearly five per cent over the corresponding month last year – boosting the year-to-date percentage increase to 3.0.
Top 10 selling vehicles in August 2016
Race for 2016’s No.1 Sales Spot (at end of August 2016)
Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
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