VEHICLE SALES UP, EXCEPT IN WA
AUSTRALIA’S motor industry had its fourth month of record sales for 2017, with 92,754 vehicles finding new owners in July.
The overall market is now at 692,306 sales year-to-date, a rise of 0.4 per cent over the 2016 record year.
Big gains were noted in small and medium SUVs, up 15.3 per cent and 18.6 per cent respectively, with other growth areas including people movers (up 12.7 per cent compared with July 2016), small passenger cars (up 1.1 per cent) and 4X4 light commercials (up 2.2 per cent).
The Northern Territory had the strongest sales growth, with a 10 per cent gain on its result for July 2016.
South Australia had 8.7 per cent, followed by Victoria (+4.2 per cent), NSW (+1.3 per cent) and Queensland (+0.5 per cent). WA sales were down 8 per cent. “The steady rise in small and medium SUV sales are indicative of our market’s changing dynamic and manufacturers are moving quickly to meet those new needs,” industry spokesman Tony Weber said.
Toyota had five vehicles in the nation’s top 10 best-sellers to post a market-leading July share of 19.3 per cent. In second place was Mazda with 10.3 per cent, followed by Hyundai (8.1 per cent), Holden (7.0), and Ford (6.8).
Toyota Hilux was the nation’s top-selling vehicle in July with 3742 sales (up 19.3 per cent on July 2016), followed by Corolla with 3208 sales, Ford Ranger (3076), Mazda3 (2466) and Camry (2385).
The passenger vehicle market was down by 2241 vehicle sales and the SUVs shot up nearly 10 per cent to 3162.
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