Snap­ping up the SUVs MOVERS

Sales are ahead of last year for most car types, writes Stu­art Martin Top 10 cars

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PRI­VATE buy­ers held firm dur­ing July as the Aussie SUV ro­mance con­tin­ued un­abated, ac­cord­ing to new ve­hi­cle sales data.

The Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries fig­ures show the mar­ket to the end of July has risen by more than 82,000 units — 15 per cent ahead of the same time last year — with SUVs lead­ing with a 30 per cent growth rate.

So far this year rental and pri­vate buy­ers have led the in­creases, with rental fleets’ or­der sheets up by about 98 per cent year-on-year.

Last month’s pri­vate buyer num­bers were up by 20 per cent on the same time last year.

The Holden Com­modore re­mains in top spot for July and the year so far, with al­most ev­ery main seg­ment record­ing sales growth for last month and the year so far.

Both light and small car sales are up al­most 18 per cent so far this year, though small car sales dipped a lit­tle last month.

Medium car sales im­proved markedly for July and the year over­all.

Large cars kept ahead of last year’s per­for­mance for the year, but the up­per large seg­ment fell be­hind, some­thing Holden man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Dev­ereux says is typ­i­cal of the mar­ket seg­ment.

‘‘It’s fairly sta­ble and profitable for us. Would I like to sell more States­mans and Caprices? Ab­so­lutely, but it’s still solid busi­ness,’’ he says.

Peo­ple­movers and sportscars also kept ahead of last year’s fig­ures.

The year-to-date mar­ket of 613,544 ve­hi­cles is run­ning ahead of the same pe­riod last year by 15.6 per cent, with last month’s fig­ure of 82,376 ahead of the same month in 2009 by more than 7000 ve­hi­cles.

Dev­ereux says the VE Com­modore run-out is on track and it does not ap­pear that buy­ers are hold­ing off for the VEII later this year.

‘‘We had a great month, the great thing is that it’s five or six years old, but it’s still a good­look­ing ve­hi­cle that sells well,’’ he says.

Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew McKel­lar says pri­vate sales and SUV in­ter­est pro­duced a solid month.

‘‘This is a very solid re­sult for July, with the start of the new fi­nan­cial year usu­ally re­sult­ing in slower sales,’’ he says.

‘‘There is a pro­lif­er­a­tion of new mod­els on the mar­ket at the moment that buy­ers are find­ing at­trac­tive, par­tic­u­larly in the SUV range.’’

The on­go­ing SUV in­ter­est has Toy­ota re­vis­ing its 2010 fore­cast be­yond 200,000, giv­ing the brand its sev­enth straight year be­yond that tally. Holden Com­modore............................ 3783 Mazda3..................................................... 3464 Toy­ota Corolla .................................... 3375 Toy­ota Hilux ............................................ 3106 Ford Fal­con ......................................... 2342 Hyundai i30 ..............................................2333 Holden Cruze ...................................... 2179 Mit­subishi Lancer..................................... 2177 Toy­ota Camry...................................... 2095 Toy­ota Yaris ............................................ 1697 Toy­ota.............................................. 17,250 Holden...................................................10,648 Ford ..................................................... 7375 Mazda ....................................................... 7374 Hyundai............................................... 6531 Mit­subishi ................................................ 5029 Nis­san................................................. 4646 Subaru.......................................................3253 Honda.................................................. 3150 Volk­swa­gen............................................. 2922

Solid busi­ness: the Holden Com­modore is the top seller for July and the year so far.

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