Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVE WAY -

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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