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Top-selling passenger cars for April 2018

By David Bonnici, 03 May 2018 Car News

Top-selling passenger cars for April 2018

A segment-by-segment list of the best-selling cars and SUVs from March 2018

New car sales in Australia dropped slightly during April after a record March, however year-to-date sales are still 3.3 percent ahead of 2017.

According to VFACTs figures released today, total sales for the month of April hit 82,930, with strong SUV sales continuing to be the primary driver – the high-riding segment accounting for 43.6 per cent of overall April numbers.

Once again it’s the small-SUV segment that’s the strongest-growing individual category, up 33.3 percent and led by the Mitsubishi ASX (1706 sales).

Passenger cars made up 33.2 per cent of overall sales, with the big news being the relatively lacklustre numbers achieved by the new Holden Commodore, which at 471 sales is well below the 1441 VF Commodores sold in April last year.

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On a positive note for Holden, it nevertheless improved its standing in the top 10 brands for April, rising to number six from its lowest-ever 10th placing in March. While the Commodore waned, the Astra (497), outgoing Captiva (521) and the Captiva’s replacement, the Equinox (506) provided the additional volume to compensate.

Toyota was again the nation’s best-selling brand, with its 16,647 April sales representing 20.1 percent share of the new-car market. Helping secure its grip on top spot were Australia’s highest-selling vehicle, the Hilux (3596), the second-placed Corolla (2979) and the 10th-placed Prado (1699).  

Mazda sales were down by 2000 units compared to March, but the Japanese brand still retained second place with 7723 sales in April, for a 9.3 percent share, followed by Hyundai (7132) which claimed 8.6 percent of overall market share.

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Mitsubishi (5508) dropped to fourth from its surprise third placing in March (which was largely due to an influx of vehicles being shipped and registered before the end of the Japanese financial year).

At the other end of the market, Ferrari secured another 21 sales in April, taking the number of Prancing Horse sports cars sold this year to 81 - almost 40 percent more compared with the same time last year.  

 

Top-10 car manufacturers

1      Toyota                         16,647             20.1%
2      Mazda                          7723                9.3%
3      Hyundai                       7132                8.6%
4      Mitsubishi                    5508                6.6%
5      Ford                             4822                5.8%
6      Holden                         4576                5.5%
7      Kia                                4502                5.4%
8      Volkswagen                  3918                4.7%
9      Nissan                          3028                3.7%
10    Honda                          3017                3.6%

TOP 20 SELLERS IN APRIL      

1      Toyota Hilux                 3596               
2      Toyota Corolla             2979               
3      Ford Ranger                 2796               
4      Mazda 3                       2261               
5      Hyundai i30                 1903   
6      Hyundai Tucson          1816   
7      Mazda CX-5                 1725   
8      Mitsubishi ASX            1706   
9      Toyota Prado              1699                           
10   Holden Colorado          1491               
11   Toyota RAV4                 1444               
12   Volkswagen Golf           1371                           
13   Mitsubishi Triton           1334                           
14   Kia Cerato                     1322                           
15   Mazda CX-3                  1172                           
16   Hyundai Accent             1160                           
17   Isuzu Ute D-Max           1156                           
18   Subaru XV                    1139                           
19   Toyota Camry               1114                           
20   Nissan X-Trail               1103    

Top-4 micro cars 

1      Kia Picanto                               384
2      Fiat 500/Abarth 595                 62
3      Holden Spark                            44
4      Mitsubishi Mirage                     41

Top-5 light cars

1      Hyundai Accent                       1160
2      Mazda 2                                   791
3      Toyota Yaris                             665
4      Kia Rio                                      554
5      Suzuki Swift                             525

Top-5 small cars

1      Toyota Corolla                        2979
2      Mazda 3                                 2261
3      Hyundai i30                          1903
4      Volkswagen Golf                   1326
5      Kia Cerato                               1322

Top-5 medium cars

1      Toyota Camry                           1114               
2      Mercedes-Benz C-Class            494
3      BMW 3 Series                            256
4      Ford Mondeo                             208                             
5      Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class         206           

Top-5 large cars

1      Holden Commodore (ZB/VF)      587
2      Kia Stinger                                   184
3      Mercedes-Benz E-Class              101
4      Skoda Superb                              62
5      BMW 5 Series                              52 

Top-5 Small SUVs

1      Mitsubishi ASX                        1706
2      Mazda CX-3                             1172
3      Subaru XV                               1139
4      Hyundai Kona                         918
5      Honda HR-V                            789

Top-5 Medium SUVs

1      Hyundai Tucson                     1816
2      Mazda CX-5                            1725
3      Toyota RAV4                          1444
4      Nissan X-Trail                         1103
5      Mitsubishi Outlander              1003

Top-5 large/upper large SUVs

1      Toyota Prado                                1699
2      Toyota LandCruiser 200               1262
3      Toyota Kluger                                1063
4      Subaru Outback                            862
5      Isuzu MU-X                                    557                 

Top-5 people movers

  •          Kia Carnival                               479
  •          LDV G10 Wagon                        88
  •          Honda Odyssey                         81
  •          Volkswagen Multivan                 81
  •          Toyota Tarago                            53                                               

Top-5 sports cars

1      Ford Mustang                                          381                      
2      Merc-Benz C-Class coupe/conv            137 
3      BMW 2 Series coupe/conv                    124      
4      Mazda MX-5                                            84
5      Toyota 86                                              77     

Top-5 4x4 trade utes

1      Toyota HiLux                                     2659
2      Ford Ranger                                      2347
3      Holden Colorado                              1300
4      Mitsubishi Triton                              1055
5      Isuzu D-Max                                      809