The Hyundai i30 Korean hatchback was the best-selling vehicle in April with 4143 sales, according to the latest official industry figures.
A year-to-date sales total of 12,654 propels the i30 into a widely contested battle for the No.1 spot for 2016.
The i30 trails the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla by just 74 and 130 units, respectively, despite the i30 nameplate being disadvantaged by the lack of an alternative sedan body style. Hyundai calls its small sedan the Elantra.
With the Japanese small cars faltering relatively in April – both posting results below 3000 units – the more consistent Toyota HiLux ute has moved into the leader position.
With 3384 sales for April placing it second for the month, its 12,883 pushes it ahead of the Corolla (12,784), 3 (12,733) and i30 (12,654).
The Mazda CX-5 continues to be Australia’s favourite SUV, with 1675 units for April, though it was only 71 units ahead of its smaller sibling, the Mazda CX-3.
Hyundai completed the top 10 for April with another model benefiting from a strong driveaway deal. The Accent city car is currently available for $14,990, with an upgrade to an auto available for about half the usual price, at $1000.
SUV sales outgrew passenger car sales again for April and continue to be on track to become Australia’s preferred vehicle style by the end of the year. The gap between the segments is now less than 15,000 units, having been nearly 40,000 this time last year.
April’s total of 87,571 was a record for the month, up 7 per cent on April 2015. The industry new-vehicle total of 372,899 is up 4 per cent year on year, and set to be another record year.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR VEHICLES – APRIL 2016
RACE FOR 2016’S NO.1 SALES SPOT