VFACTS June: Utes and medium SUVs up, market down

HiLux, Ranger and Triton the top three sellers last month, while Mitsubishi, Kia and Honda buck trend and post gains.

The Australian market for new vehicles slowed in June compared with the same period in 2017, with the total market down 2.9 per cent, according to the latest data released today by the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS.

Once again Toyota’s HiLux was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle last month (5788 sales), with big growth from fleet-friendly 4x2s.

More than 1000 units behind was the Ford Ranger (4768), volume-selling 4×4 versions of which were down almost five per cent, followed this time by the Mitsubishi Triton (3917), which soared into third place on the back of a near-36 per cent spike in 4×4 sales. Stronger Holden Colorado sales made it four utes in the top 10.

New Cerato in top 10

Toyota’s Corolla (3780) continued its reign as the nation’s most popular new car, followed by the Hyundai i30 (3547), which once again got the better of the Mazda3 (3327).

Kia’s new Cerato (2485) scraped into the top 10, just ahead of the Volkswagen Golf (2317), displacing Mitsubishi’s evergreen ASX.

But ahead of them in seventh and eighth respectively were Australia’s top-selling SUVs, the new Mazda CX-5 (3136) and Toyota RAV4 (2690), with Honda’s new CR-V not far behind with 2232 sales.

Toyota was as dominant as ever in June, finding 23,172 customers from a total market of 125,830, but the Japanese giant was down 5.6 per cent with an 18.4 per cent share.

Mazda (12,469) was steady in second, but third-placed Hyundai (10,437) slipped by almost 15 per cent as Mitsubishi (10,245) closed in on it after leaping 10.6 per cent.

Ford (7492) was down more than 15 per cent in fifth place, while Holden (7383) hoisted itself back up to sixth — despite being down more than 20 per cent – and right behind with help from 1157 Commodore sales; its best sales figure since launch.

Kia (7063, +4.9%) was seventh, just ahead of a surging Honda (7013) – up from 10th last month with a near-30 per cent sales spike thanks to CR-V (up 375%).

Rounding out the top 10 were Nissan (6606) and Volkswagen (6334) with 1.3 and 1.8 per cent monthly sales declines respectively, followed by a sea of red numbers down to at least 16th place — the most notable being Jeep’s 30 per cent slump in June.

Passenger cars again bare brunt of buyer preference

Passenger car sales again suffered a significant decline, falling 17.9 per cent compared with June 2017. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continued to strengthen, sales increasing by 9.3 per cent year-on-year. Light commercials were relatively steady with a 0.3 per cent increase year-on-year.

SUVs captured 43.1 per cent share of the June market, with passenger car share at 31.9 per cent, and light commercials at 21.8 per cent.

The small and medium segments were the main contributors to the growth in SUV sales during June. Small SUVs rose 32.2 per cent, and medium SUVs by 7.3 per cent.

Year to date, light commercial sales in general, like the SUVs, continue to show growth and now account for 20.3 per cent of the total market, up from 19.8 per cent for the corresponding six months of 2017.

Tasmania a bright spot

In sales across the states and territories, only Tasmania showed an increase in June compared with the same month last year. Tasmania’s sales rose 3.0 per cent. Sales across NSW fell 4.5 per cent, Victoria was down 1.5 per cent, Queensland dropped 1.7 per cent, as did the Northern Territory (-3.5%),  Western Australia (-0.8%), South Australia (-6.7%) and the ACT (-10%).

Top 10 models in June:

Toyota HiLux – 5788
Ford Ranger – 4768
Mitsubishi Triton – 3917
Toyota Corolla – 3780
Hyundai i30 – 3547
Mazda3 – 3327
Mazda CX-5 — 3136
Toyota RAV4 – 2690
Kia Cerato – 2485
Holden Colorado — 2472

Source: FCAI VFACTS              

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