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VFACTS: Toyota extends its dominance in 2018

By David Bonnici, 04 Jul 2018 Car News

VFACTS: Toyota extends its dominance in 2018

Toyota again leads the way, and the numbers are finally looking up for Holden

The end of local Camry production has not harmed Toyota in Australia, with the motoring giant increasing its dominance over the Australian new car market for the first half of 2018.

According to VFACTS figures, the Japanese motoring giant has sold 111,854 cars up to June 30, up 2828 vehicles, or 2.6 percent from the same period last year, to secure an 18.5 percent market share. Leading the Toyota sales sheet was Hilux (26,402), Corolla (19,143), RAV4 (11,770), Prado (9268) and Camry (7496).

Hilux finished the first half of 2018 as Australia’s highest selling vehicle, with the Corolla again the biggest selling passenger car despite a 1.6 percent dip in year-to-date sales. It’s worth noting that an all-new Corolla arrives in August, so the current model is well and truly in run-out phase.

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Plenty of daylight separated Toyota and its nearest rival Mazda, which saw a 3.5 percent dip in sales compared to the first half of 2017, with 59,344 vehicles sold to take 9.8 percent market share. This was followed by Hyundai (49,943), and Mitsubishi (43,871), the latter of which was up 10.4 percent over the same period in 2017 on the back of strong ASX and Triton sales.

It was a very different story for Holden, whose market share dropped from 7.0 percent to 5.4 percent, with just 32,614 cars sold compared with 42,113 during the first half of 2017. Commodore sales for the first half of 2018 dropped by more than 50 percent compared to the same time in 2017, from 10,943 to 5384, despite the VF Commodore still being in production at the time.

The new-gen ZB Commodore managed 1159 sales last month, compared to 2054 Commodore sales in June 2017.

However, the second half of 2018 is looking more promising for the Red Lion. Holden’s June sales were up from 5129 in May to 7385, seeing it jump back to sixth spot in June from an all-time low of eighth in May. Holden dealers will no doubt be bolstered by the news that the company has permanently extended its three year warranty to five years.

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Ford has experienced a similar slump this year, with 36,443 vehicles sold up till June 30, compared to 40,705 compared to the same period in 2017, with Ranger (22,106) making up the bulk of the Blue Oval’s sales.

June was a good month for Hyundai i30, which beat the Mazda 3 to second biggest selling passenger car, though the Mazda still has the edge in year to date sales. The Honda CR-V (2232) also did well to bust into last month's top-10, ousting the Nissan Qashqai in 11th.

Top 10 Manufacturers – June 2018/YTD

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 SELLING VEHICLES – JUNE 2018/YTD

SEGMENT LEADERS

Micro cars – June 2018/YTD

Holden’s curious decision to scrap the Spark in April likely contributed to a spike in Picanto sales, whose 812 sales last month compares with just 380 in June 2017.

Light cars – June 2018/YTD

Small cars – June 2018/YTD

Medium cars – June 2018/YTD

Large cars – June 2018/YTD

People movers – June 2018/YTD

Small SUVs – June 2018/YTD

Medium SUVs – June 2018/YTD

CR-V pipped Nissan X-Trail to third-spot in June, though the latter has 10,524 YTD sales

Large/Upper large SUVs – June 2018/YTD

Sports Cars – June 2018/YTD

The BMW 2 Series coupe/convertible sold 110 in May but beats the 86 on YTD with 817 sales.

Light Commercial utes – June 2018/YTD