The Toyota Corolla returned to the top of the sales charts in July, while there was a shock for the rival Mazda 3 that made a rare exit from the top 10.
Corolla’s 3427-unit total for the month ended the Hyundai i30’s four-month winning streak and closed the gap to the Korean hatch in the battle for the 2016 title of Australia’s best-selling model.
The i30 registered 2216 in comparison – down 20 percent year on year – though the Mazda 3 suffered more last month with a relative low figure of 1501 as buyers waited for a significant August 1 update for the perennially popular Japanese small car.
Toyota locked out the front row of the July grid with the HiLux achieving 3136 sales. The ute remains second in the year-to-date race, with its 24,307 total to July trailing the i30 by 766 but ahead of the Corolla by just 36 units in the tight three-way battle.
Ford’s Ranger ute (below) knocked the i30 off the podium in July with 2874 sales, continuing an impressive run that sees it remain in Australia’s top 5 vehicles overall.
Toyota’s Camry medium car had its best July in four years to finish 5th (2172 sales), and Mazda could take solace from its CX-5 (6th, 1933) and CX-3 (9th, 1744) SUVs that both finished in the top 10.
The RAV4’s 1825 units ensured Toyota occupied four of those positions, and Holden took two with the Commodore (7th, 1874) and Colorado (10th, 1648).
July’s total market of 91,331 fell 977 vehicles (-1 percent) short of last July’s figure – only the second negative month of 2016. (March sales were half a percent down on March 2015.)
The Australian new-car market is still on course for a record year – up nearly 3 percent compared with the same period last year: 689,471 v 670,735.
July 2016: Top 10 Vehicle Sales
Race for 2016’s No.1 Sales Spot (at end of July 2016)