The Toyota Corolla leads the fourcylinder charge, writes Craig Duff
ECONOMICAL runabouts and lifestyle SUVs continue to outperform the new car sales average, according to the latest data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
As annual Australian sales race towards the million mark, more than 87,423 vehicles were registered in November, with light and small cars sales nearly 30 per cent of the total market.
The four-cylinder Toyota Corolla was the top-selling car outright. The Corolla’s 4536 sales were 765 units ahead of the Holden Commodore, but the Red Lion’s large family car still holds a 5500-car lead over the small Toyota in yearly sales to date.
The solid strength of the small-car segment was only matched in percentage terms by the compact SUVs, which grew by 34.9 per cent last month to 9735 cars in a total SUV pool of 20,806 units.
Toyota had four soft-SUVs and 4WD utes in the top top four, led by the high-rding Hilux ute in third place outright, ahead of the Kluger, RAV4 and Prado.
The Japanse giant will blitz the bestselling brand title with 200,000 sales this year, well clear of Holden and Ford. Mazda is the top importer in fourth with 6474 sales for the month to be 250 cars in front of Hyundai. The South Korean carmaker is in turn 1000 units ahead of Mitsubishi.
6 Mitsubishi.................. 5015
8 Volkswagen ............... 3427
10 Honda ..................... 2488
Long-term leader: the Commodore was second in the sales race last month, but is still this year’s top seller.