While passenger car sales increased slightly in April over the same month last year – up from 35,015 to 36,671 – SUVs accounted for 31,783 sales.
That takes the gap in year-to-date sales to about 15,000 units (155,095 passenger cars versus 140,152 SUVs) whereas a year ago the difference was about 39,000 units.
According to VFACTS sales data, the most popular SUV segment is Medium – led by the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail – but only by a narrow margin over Large, where the Toyota Prado rules the roost.
Mazda was the top-selling SUV brand with the CX-5 being almost matched by its smaller CX-3 sibling, 1675 sales to 1604.
With the Hyundai ix35 having been replaced by the Tucson and moving up from Small to Medium, the CX-3 has been left to run amok, selling almost twice as many as its nearest rivals, the Mitsubishi ASX, Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai.
Toyota was also significantly prolific with four of its models in the Top 10.
TOP 10 SUVS FOR APRIL 2016
|4.||Toyota Landcruiser Wagon||1,349|