Against the backdrop of one of the longest Federal Election campaigns in the country’s history, Australians have flocked to showrooms to set a range of records for new-car sales in June.
In a month which saw a new record set for the total number of cars sold -128,569 – the Hyundai i30 put itself on course to be elected the country’s most popular vehicle of 2016, registering a stunning 6432 sales in June.
This is the fourth consecutive month the Korean brand’s hatchback has topped official industry figures, though its June figure is relatively remarkable – even surpassing the model’s impressive June 2015 figure of 5521.
It means the i30 has turned a 133-unit deficit to the Toyota HiLux into a 1686-unit lead. The popular utility was the hatch’s closest challenger, though with 4613 sales recorded for June, there’s daylight separating the pair at the winning post.
Rival small cars the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 both exceeded 4000 units, with 4427 and 4112, respectively.
Ford’s Ranger ute completed a top five of 4K vehicles with a figure of 4078.
The locally built Holden Commodore and Toyota Camry both impressed with 3000-plus figures, with the large car fractionally edging the medium-size car by 3054 to 3049.
Holden’s Colorado ute also snuck into the top 10, with Mitsubishi’s Triton a more familiar sight here (in eighth).
The Mazda CX-5 was the sole representative at the pointy end of the sales charts, placing ninth with its best-ever sales month result of 2643.
The i30’s remarkable result contributed to a record month for the Hyundai brand, while the overall market benefited from the traditional end of financial year sales bonanza that proved immune to any general election jitters.
128,569 vehicles were sold in June – up 2.2 per cent on this period last year. Year to date sales sit at 598,140 – up 3.4 per cent on 2015 that was a record year for the industry.
Top 10 Most Popular Vehicles – June 2016
Race for 2016’s No.1 Sales Spot (at end of June 2016)