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Top-selling passenger cars for February 2018

By David Bonnici, 05 Mar 2018 Car News

Top-selling passenger cars for February 2018

A segment-by-segment guide list of the best-selling cars and SUV during February 2018 brings a few suprises

Holden’s transition period from builder to all-importer suffered a significant, albeit expected, hiccup in February that saw it fall from fourth to eighth spot with just 4689 vehicles registered.

VFACTS figures for last month show Mitsubishi, Ford, Nissan and Honda all overtook the Aussie brand, which was around 30 sales from dropping out of the top 10 altogether, with Volkswagen and Kia hot on its heels.

As predicted Holden Commodore registrations were at an all-time low with just 733 sales, putting it well outside the top 20, caused by Aussie-built VF stocks running dry in January, and the new German-built ZB Commodore not going on sale until the well into the latter half of the month.

A Holden spokesman told WhichCar the company planned for a slower start to the year in terms of sales, adding that “our current market share is not where we want it to be”.

He said Holden is confident of a quick turnaround in the next couple months as the ZB Commodore settles into dealerships alongside the strong-selling Astra range, and a new diesel-powered Equinox which will start arriving from Mexico.

As usual Toyota has every reason to be optimistic after moving 18,281 vehicles in February, with Corolla (3270) again topping the passenger car list, and RAV4 (1841), Kluger (1420), Camry (1381) and Prado (1323) all making it into the top 20.

Camry sales have remained strong since production shifted from Australia to Japan, and while it’s down a little compared to February 2017, year to date sales (2135) are up over this time last year.

Toyota’s overall figure included HiLux light commercial, which was once again Australia’s biggest-selling vehicle with its myriad of 4x2 and 4x4 cab-chassis and pickup models totalling 4426 sales, closely followed by the Ford Ranger range (3544).

It was also a good month for Mitsubishi, which returned to the top-5 on the back of a spike in sales of its Pajero Sport, and recently facelifted Outlander (1611) and Lancer (938) thanks to plate clearance sales. ASX small SUV numbers were well down, to 902, though this seems mostly due to the new, and similarly sized, Eclipse Cross (644).

Top-10 manufacturers

Manufacturer            Feb        Year to date

  1. Toyota             18,281       33,587
  2. Mazda                9913        20,026
  3. Hyundai              8001        15,125                  
  4. Mitsubishi            7142        12,405
  5. Ford                    6059        11704
  6. Honda                 4962          9543
  7. Nissan                 4863          9570
  8. Holden                 4689        10,408
  9. Volkswagen          4671         8650
  10. Kia                       4664         9195

 Top-20 passenger vehicles (Feb)

  1. Toyota Corolla                      3270  
  2. Mazda3                                2935   
  3. Mazda CX-5                          2191   
  4. Hyundai i30                          2182   
  5. Toyota RAV4                        1841   
  6. Hyundai Accent                    1782   
  7. Volkswagen Golf                   1649   
  8. Nissan X-Trail                      1622   
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander            1611   
  10. Hyundai Tucson                  1604   
  11. Mazda CX-3                        1562   
  12. Kia Cerato                          1491   
  13. Toyota Kluger                     1420  
  14. Honda Civic                        1409  
  15. Honda CR-V                       1381  
  16. Toyota Camry                    1381  
  17. Toyota Prado                     1323  
  18. Kia Sportage                      1102  
  19. Honda HR-V                       1067  
  20. Subaru XV                         1045

Top-5 micro cars  

  1. Kia Picanto                          353
  2. Holden Spark                      109
  3. Mitsubishi Mirage                103
  4. Fiat 500/Abarth 595              61
  5. Suzuki Celerio                        1

Top-5 light cars  

  1. Hyundai Accent                   1782
  2. Mazda 2                               959
  3. Honda Jazz                          846
  4. Toyota Yaris                        797
  5. Suzuki Swift                        634

Top-5 small cars

  1. Toyota Corolla                     3720
  2. Mazda 3                              2935
  3. Hyundai i30                         2182
  4. Volkswagen Golf                  1649
  5. Kia Cerato                           1494

Top-5 medium cars

  1. Toyota Camry                     1381
  2. Mazda 6                               233
  3. Ford Mondeo                        196
  4. Skoda Octavia                      150
  5. Volkswagen Passat               143

Top-5 medium cars, $60k+

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class        495
  2. Mercedes-Benz CLA             292
  3. BMW 3 Series                     238
  4. Audi A4                              112
  5. Lexus IS                              94

Top-5 large cars               

  1. Holden Commodore               737
  2. Kia Stinger                           174
  3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class            93
  4. BMW 5 Series                         73
  5. Skoda Superb                        66

Top-5 small SUVs

  1. Mazda CX-3                       1562
  2. Honda HR-V                       1067
  3. Subaru XV                         1045
  4. Hyundai Kona                      910
  5. Mistubishi ASX                     902

Top-5 medium SUVs

  1. Mazda CX-5                        2191
  2. Toyota RAV4                       1841
  3. Nissan X-Trail                     1622
  4. Mitsubishi Outlander            1611
  5. Hyundai Tucson                   1604

Top-5 large SUVs

  1. Toyota Kluger                    1420
  2. Toyota Prado                     1323
  3. Subaru Outback                  821
  4. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport        766
  5. Mazda CX-9                        707

Top-5 people movers

  1. Kia Carnival                         501
  2. Honda Odyssey                    174
  3. Volkswagen Multivan            109
  4. LDV G10 Wagon                    62
  5. Toyota Tarago                       54

Top-5 sports cars

  1. Ford Mustang                      492
  2. BMW 2 Series*                    175
  3. Merc-Benz C-Class*             134
  4. Mazda MX-5                        123
  5. Toyota 86                             88

*Coupe/Convertible