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VFACTS: Toyota returns to the top

By David Bonnici, 05 Dec 2017 Car News

VFACTS: Toyota Hilux returns to the top

Toyota and Mazda have once again showed their muscle in November as SUVs continue to dominate car sales

The Toyota Corolla has regained its crown as the top-selling passenger car, taking November’s honours from the all-new Hyundai i30 that reached the top for the first time in October.

Toyota sold 2959 Corollas last month, compared with 2227 i30s which was well down on the 3983 October figure. Such was the drop in i30 sales that it fell to fourth behind the Mazda 3 (2464) and the Mazda CX-5 (2358).

As has been the case for past year, the top passenger cars were overshadowed by the Toyota Hilux (4103) and Ford Ranger (3576) light commercial vehicles. However, their numbers should be put into perspective as they are boosted by considerable commercial sales and include all the different body shapes. Light commercial vehicles accounted for 19.8 percent of sales, weighted mainly to the more expensive 4x4 models.

The CX-5’s entry in to the top-three passenger vehicle list reflects the continued growth of SUV sales, which easily outstripped car sales to claim a 40.2 percent share of the monthly pie compared with the latter’s 36.4 percent.

Of the top-20 passenger vehicles, eight were SUVs, all of which enjoyed increased sales over the same time last year (see table below).

Of the brands, Toyota again dominated the market with 18,804 sales in November including light commercials, more than double second-placed Mazda (9330). As well as Hilux and Corolla, Toyota had four other models in the top 20 including RAV4 (1950), Camry (1913), Prado (1492) and Kluger (1139).

After a big October, Hyundai fell to third, and Holden retained its fourth spot on the chart with 7995 sales, bolstered by the Astra small car (1480 sales) which finally appears to be finding buyers after a slow relaunch here. The Commodore (1835) also performed well in the weeks after it ceased production. 

Mitsubishi (6678 sales) overtook Ford (6275) for the month, led by its increasingly popular ASX (1948), the Outlander (1314) and the Triton ute (1752). It will be interesting to see if the new Eclipse Cross SUV, which arrives next month, adds to Mitsubishi sales or dilutes numbers from the ASX and the Outlander. 

Ford totally rode on the back of its Ranger ute, which made up 60 percent of its sales, for its sixth place. Once again, the Mustang (711) was the brand’s best-selling passenger car and again eclipsed all others in the sports category. Take away the Ranger and Ford would have finished behind luxury marque Mercedes-Benz in the sales race. Mercedes sold 2750 cars, while BMW managed 1628, unusually trailing Audi’s 1891 sales for the month.

November wasn’t a bad month for high-end cars. Honda sold its second NSX supercar for the year and Ferrari sold 39 cars in November as part of a 6.0 percent sales jump from last year.

TOP 20 BRANDS for NOVEMBER*

RANK  BRAND           Nov ‘17            Nov ‘16

  1. Toyota             18,804             18,162
  2. Mazda               9330                9825
  3. Hyundai            8781                7991
  4. Holden              7955                7750
  5. Mitsubishi          6678                5875
  6. Ford                  6275                6827
  7. Volkswagen       5364                4862
  8. Nissan               5077                6341
  9. Honda               4431                3502
  10. Kia                    4305                3573
  11. Subaru               4265               4141
  12. Mercedes-Benz    2750               3111
  13. Isuzu Ute           2446                2022
  14. Audi                  1891                2030
  15. BMW                 1628                2114
  16. Suzuki               1356                1555
  17. Land Rover         943                  860
  18. Renault               905                1086
  19. Isuzu                  796                 758
  20. Jeep                   623                 1036

*Provisional VFACTS data

TOP 20 PASSENGER CARS FOR NOVEMBER*

RANK  MODEL                       Nov ’17            Nov ’16

  1. Toyota Corolla             2959                3245
  2. Mazda 3                      2464                2877
  3. Mazda CX-5                 2358                1956
  4. Hyundai i30                 2227                2541
  5. Hyundai Tucson           2121                1934
  6. Toyota RAV4               1950                1593
  7. Mitsubishi ASX            1948                1530
  8. Hyundai Accent           1914                1995
  9. Toyota Camry             1913                2957
  10. Holden Commodore     1835                2088
  11. Nissan X-Trail             1765                1938
  12. Volkswagen Golf         1761                1338
  13. Toyota Prado              1492                1168
  14. Holden Astra               1480                263
  15. Kia Cerato                  1476                1059
  16. Honda Civic                1439                765
  17. Mitsubishi Outlander    1314                1205
  18. Toyota Kluger             1139                886
  19. Subaru XV                  1111                814
  20. Honda CR-V                1055                611

*Provisional VFACTS data