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VFACTS June sales: Trade utes claim top three spots

By Barry Park, 04 Jul 2018 News

VFACTS June sales: Trade utes claim top three spots

Cashed-up tradies run to snare an end of financial year bargain as SUVs, passenger cars take a back seat

TRADE utes have snared the top three spots in June’s new-car sales race as the number of buyers jumping into the market for end of financial year bargains dried up.

The Toyota Hilux was Australia’s best-selling vehicle in June, snaring 5787 sales for the month, its third-largest result on record, VFACTS data due for official release later today will reveal. That placed it leagues ahead of the second-placed Ford Ranger, which accumulated 4768 sales for the month.

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However, when it comes down to more lucrative private buyer-focussed 4x4 trade ute sales, the win was all in Ranger’s favour. It attracted 4236 new owners compared with the 4x4 Hilux’s 4032 in a repeat of what happened at the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

In third place was the Mitsubishi Triton, with 3919 sales. That was enough to nose it ahead of the Toyota Corolla, Australia’s best-selling passenger car, with just 3780 sales.

The market fell 2.9 percent to 130,300 sales compared with the same month last year, dragging the market’s progress over the first half to just 1.0 percent ahead of where it was last year as the nation’s big markets – NSW, Victoria and Queensland – all softened.

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Hard-hit in June were private, business and rental passenger cars, down 17.9 percent in the month compared with June last year. Some of those sales were lost to SUVs, which claimed 57 percent of all passenger car sales but still only managed to climb 9.3 percent to fall short of offsetting the passenger car losses.

In terms of passenger cars, the Hyundai i30 finished behind the Corolla with 3547 sales in June, the introduction of a cut-price model that hits the old model’s $19,990 price point obviously pulling people into showrooms. The Mazda 3, on 3327 sales, was third.

The best-placed SUV, and trailing the Mazda 3, was the Mazda CX-5, attracting 3136 buyers, followed by the Toyota RAV4 on 2690 sales.

In the battle of the badges, Toyota again dominated the market, with its 23,171 sales for the month representing a skinnier 17.8 percent market share. Mazda (12,469 sales), with its two top-five performers, nudged Hyundai (10,436) out of the way to claim second spot ahead of Mitsubishi (10,232) and Ford (7492, with Mustang’s 635 sales making it the marque’s secopnd-best seller). After a less-than-stellar run, Holden (7385) is back in form, taking sixth spot as Colorado (2472) and Commodore (1159 split between 946 ZB and 213 VFII sales) dominated the ledger.

Honda was a winner for the month, edging almost 30 percent higher compared with the same month last year as the CR-V (2232), HR-V (1760) and Civic (1750) all performed well.

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Mercedes-Benz (3768), BMW (2636), Audi (2028) and Lexus (961) either stalled or fell for the month, with the more niche players – Land Rover (1297), Volvo (643), Mini (466) and Jaguar (361) – all showing strong gains.

Chinese upstart MG, meanwhile, snared 330 sales for the month, throwing out the challenge to relaunched French brand Peugeot (359).

Two supercar brands continue to do well despite the weaker market sentiment. Ferrari sold 23 cars in June, putting its year-to-date sales at 121 and 19.8 percent ahead of where it was last year. At 65, Lamborghini is a single sale ahead of last year. And in June, 19 Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars made their way into buyers’ garages.

Aston Martin sold its second Rapide for the year in June, and Hyundai’s Genesis expanded its G80 fleet by a single car ahead of the brand’s expected relaunch later this year as a standalone luxury marque, bringing the number of its G80 test fleet plying our roads to five.

TOP 20 PASSENGER CARS FOR JUNE 2018

TOP 20 PASSENGER CARS FOR JUNE 2018 

RANK MODEL             SALES (Jun ‘18)         SALES (Jun ‘17)

  1. Toyota Corolla            3780                            3830
  2. Hyundai i30                 3547                            3471
  3. Mazda3                       3327                            3490
  4. Mazda CX-5                3136                            2487
  5. Toyota RAV4              2690                            2460
  6. Kia Cerato                   2485                            2452
  7. Volkswagen Golf        2317                            2246
  8. Honda CR-V               2232                            469
  9. Nissan Qashqai           2198                            1510
  10. Nissan X-Trail             2151                            2126
  11. Mitsubishi ASX            2053                            2247
  12. Hyundai Tucson          2000                            3741
  13. Mitsubishi Outlander   1881                            2317
  14. Mazda CX-3                1869                            1974
  15. Honda HR-V               1760                            1606
  16. Toyota Kluger             1757                            1464
  17. Honda Civic                1750                            1777
  18. Toyota Prado              1688                            1971
  19. Hyundai Accent          1522                            1874
  20. Kia Sportage               1499                            1776
    *Source: Preliminary VFACTS data

 

TOP 20 BRANDS FOR JUNE*

RANK  BRAND          SALES (Jun ‘18)         SALES (Jun ‘17)

  1. Toyota                         23,171                         24,546
  2. Mazda                         12,469                         12,501
  3. Hyundai                       10,436                         12,251
  4. Mitsubishi                    10,232                         9,266
  5. Ford                             7492                            8853
  6. Holden                         7385                            9273
  7. Kia                               7067                            6737
  8. Honda                         7013                            5412
  9. Nissan                         6604                            6690
  10. Volkswagen                6334                            6447
  11. Subaru                       4920                            5201
  12. Mercedes-Benz          3768                            4225
  13. Isuzu Ute                     3279                            3566
  14. BMW                           2636                            2630
  15. Audi                             2028                            2153
  16. Suzuki                         2024                            2077
  17. Land Rover                 1297                            1063
  18. Renault                        1231                            1206
  19. Isuzu                            1059                            986
  20. Lexus                          961                              1080
    *Source: Preliminary VFACTS data