VFACTS June 2019 review: KIA wins in tough month for Top 10 brands

Kia wins again, Mazda3 stumbles, i30 takes the crown as top passenger car and premium brands show signs of recovery.

Despite generous end-of-financial-year incentives and stronger economic indicators since the federal election in May, which have boosted the fortunes of some premium brands, the market appears headed for its lowest result since 2012 due to a range of factors including Victoria’s new luxury vehicle tax.

Once again Kia was the only top 10 brand that sold more cars month on month in June, when passenger vehicle sales plummeted by 18.5%, followed by light commercial vehicles (down by seven per cent) and even SUVs (-3.8%).

In fact, all sales segments declined in June, except upper large cars and SUVs (thanks largely to spikes in Chrysler 300 and Nissan Patrol sales respectively), and vans and buses – courtesy of the new Toyota HiAce.

Despite slower sales of all its other models (except for the C-HR and evergreen Prado), leading to an 8.5% sales slide, Toyota continued to lead the way with more than 21,000 sales and HiLux remained the nation’s top-seller with almost 5500 sales in June.

Mazda sales fell by more than 13% as registrations of the more expensive new Mazda3 sagged by almost a quarter, making the CX-5 its most popular model and still the country’s favourite SUV.

But its 10,800 sales was enough beat Hyundai, which was more than four per cent down despite increased demand for its Kona and Tucson SUVs, and the fact the i30 outsold the Corolla to be Australia’s top-selling car.

Mitsubishi sold more of almost all its SUV models to remain a clear fourth despite slumping as much as Mazda following slower sales of the Triton 4x4, which nevertheless remained a solid top-10 model and the third most popular ute.

Kia (+2%) surged into fifth place past Ford (-4.5%), whose Ranger was closer to HiLux following stronger 4x4 sales, after strong performances from its Sportage and Cerato, which was Australia’s third best-selling car ahead of the Mazda3.

Rounding out the top 10 were Honda (-11%), despite being the second-best monthly result in Honda Australia's 50-year history, following sales records for the HR-V and CR-V), Volkswagen (-8.5%), Nissan (-17%) and Holden.

Holden was down 35% in 10th with only about 4800 sales – narrowly ahead of Subaru -- thanks to the axing of the Spark, Barina and Astra sedan/wagon, and a 50% plunge in Commodore sales, to 550. To June this year, its sales are now 25 per cent down.

June 2019 top models:

1 Toyota HiLux   5396

2 Ford Ranger    4851

3 Hyundai i30     3343

4 Toyota Corolla 3137

5 Mazda CX-5     2911

6 Kia Cerato        2832

7 Mitsubishi Triton 2695

8 Mazda3 2533

9 Toyota RAV4   2449

10 Hyundai Tucson 2344

June 2019 top brands:

1. Toyota 21,200

2. Mazda 10,806

3. Hyundai 10,001

4. Mitsubishi 8891

5. Kia 7200

6. Ford 7155

7. Honda 6232

8. Volkswagen 5793

9. Nissan 5514

10. Holden 4817