Small won­ders

The Toy­ota Corolla leads the four­cylin­der charge, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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.

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