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Top-selling passenger cars for March 2018

By David Bonnici, 05 Apr 2018 Car News

Top-selling passenger cars for March 2018

A segment-by-segment list of the best-selling cars and SUVs from March 2018 brings a few surprises

Mitsubishi has surprised the Australian car industry by taking third spot on the sales ladder from Hyundai after a strong March, with the ASX small-SUV leaping from 902 registrations in February to 2337.

It was thought the ASX’s drop in sales last month was due to the arrival of the newer, similarly sized Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but the latter managed only 534 sales in March compared to 644 in February.

The Mitsubishi Triton (3109) also sold well enough to be the fourth most popular vehicle after the Toyota HiLux (4348), Ford Ranger (4064) and Toyota Corolla (3218).

Nissan X-Trail

It was also a good month for Nissan, whose X-Trail became the biggest-selling SUV with 2504 sales, up from 1622 in February, knocking off the seemingly invincible Mazda CX-5 (2261).

The spike in Nissan and Mitsubishi sales could be due to March 31 being the end of the Japanese financial year, prompting those companies to ship more stock, whose registrations here, even as demo models, count towards sales figures.

Holden may be wishing it had more Japanese-built cars in its line-up, with its first full-month of new ZB Commodore sales netting mixed results. GM’s Aussie arm moved 5116 cars, but was overtaken by Subaru (5195) and Volkswagen (5173) to leave Holden squeezed into last spot of the top-10 narrowly ahead of Kia, which had 5084 vehicles registered.

Things were a bit more positive for the Commodore nameplate. March represented the ZB’s first full month on sales, and it accounted for more than half of the 990 Commodore sales (the rest being VF’s in runout), easily making it the biggest-selling large car. It also outsold its medium-sized competitors with the exception of the Toyota Camry (1416).

2018 Toyota Camry

All-in-all, Australia’s new vehicle market grew in March with 291,538 total sales, a jump of 1.5 percent compared with the same month last year, thanks to notable sales gains in compact and mid-size SUVs.

Compact SUVs climbed 32.8 per cent compared with March 2017, while medium SUVs increased sales by 10.1 per cent.

Top -10 manufacturers, March 2018 

  1.       Toyota                 18,878              
  2.        Mazda                 9723                 
  3.        Mitsubishi            8810                 
  4.        Hyundai               8443               
  5.        Ford                    6687                 
  6.        Nissan                 6191               
  7.        Honda                 5586                 
  8.        Subaru                5195               
  9.        Volkswagen          5137                 
  10.        Holden                 5116                 

 Top-20 passenger vehicles 

  1.        Toyota Corolla           3218                 
  2.        Mazda3                     2780                 
  3.        Hyundai i30               2719                 
  4.        Nissan X-Trail            2504                 
  5.        Mazda CX-5               2261                 
  6.        Mitsubishi ASX           2337                 
  7.        Toyota RAV4              1952                 
  8.        Volkswagen Golf         1713                 
  9.        Honda CR-V               1683                 
  10.    Toyota Prado                  1677                 
  11.    Kia Cerato                      1659                 
  12.    Hyundai Tucson              1601                 
  13.    Hyundai Accent               1551                 
  14.    Nissan Qashqai               1497                 
  15.    Honda Civic                    1464                 
  16.    Mitsubishi Outlander        1433                 
  17.    Subaru XV                      1416                 
  18.    Toyota Camry                 1416                 
  19.    Mazda CX-3                    1356                 
  20.    Honda HR-V                    1207

 Top-4 micro cars 

  1.        Kia Picanto                   484
  2.        Holden Spark                67
  3.        Fiat 500/Abarth 595      66
  4.        Mitsubishi Mirage           50

 Top-5 light cars 

  1.        Hyundai Accent               1551
  2.        Mazda 2                          947
  3.        Honda Jazz                      907
  4.        Suzuki Swift                     816
  5.        Toyota Yaris                     748

 Top-5 small cars 

  1.        Toyota Corolla                   3218
  2.        Mazda 3                            2780
  3.        Hyundai i30                       2719
  4.        Volkswagen Golf                1713
  5.        Kia Cerato                         1659

 Top-5 medium cars 

  1.        Toyota Camry                     1416
  2.        Mercedes-Benz C-Class         610
  3.        Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class      399
  4.        Mazda 6                               306
  5.        BMW 3 Series                       275

 Top-5 large cars         

  1.        Holden Commodore          990
  2.        Kia Stinger                      184
  3.        BMW 5-Series                  115
  4.        Mercedes-Benz E-Class      99
  5.        Skoda Superb                   69

 Top-5 Small SUVs 

  1.        Mitsubishi ASX                 2337
  2.        Nissan Qashqai                1497
  3.        Subaru XV                       1416
  4.        Mazda CX-3                     1356
  5.        Honda HR-V                     1207                      

 Top-5 medium SUVs 

  1.        Nissan X-Trail                   2504
  2.        Mazda CX-5                      2261      
  3.        Toyota RAV4                     1952
  4.        Honda CR-V                      1683
  5.        Hyundai Tucson                 1601

 Top-5 large SUVs 

  1.        Toyota Prado                     1677
  2.        Toyota Kluger                    1144
  3.        Subaru Outback                 1107
  4.        Isuzu MU-X                        833
  5.        Mazda CX-9                        805

 Top-5 people movers 

  1.        Kia Carnival                      506
  2.        Honda Odyssey                 230
  3.        Volkswagen Multivan         101
  4.        LDV G10 Wagon                83
  5.        Toyota Tarago                   70

 Top-5 sports cars 

  1.        Ford Mustang                            705
  2.        Merc-Benz C-Class coupe/conv   186
  3.        BMW 2 Series coupe/conv          159
  4.        Hyundai Veloster                       105
  5.        Toyota 86                                 102                      

Top-5 trade utes 

  1.        Toyota Hilux                   4384 (3224 4x4)           
  2.        Ford Ranger                    4064 (3467 4x4)          
  3.        Mitsubishi Triton              3109 (2778 4x4)                  
  4.        Nissan Navara                 1535 (1260 4x4)
  5.        Isuzu D-Max                   1747 (1233 4x4)