IM­PORTS SWAMP MAR­KET SALES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

SALES of lo­cally built cars in WA dropped to a new low of just 578 last month, com­pared to 7523 im­ported ve­hi­cles.

Most of the im­ports (2481) were from Ja­pan, fol­lowed by Thai­land on 1835 and Korea with a round 1000.

Sur­prise win­ner in the mi­cro car sec­tor was the Fiat 500, which pipped Mit­subishi’s Mi­rage hatch by just two sales while Hyundai’s i20 dom­i­nated the light car class with 154 sales with Suzuki Swift sec­ond on 125.

There was a rare dead heat in the small car class with Mazda3 and Toy­ota Corolla claim­ing 290 sales each, while Hyundai i30 was next with 257.

Camry led the shrink­ing medium sec­tor with 94 sales, with Mazda6 a dis­tant sec­ond on 31 and the medium over $60K cat­e­gory was headed by Mercedes-Benz C-Class with 67, with the same brand’s CLA class next on 30.

Holden’s Com­modore com­fort­ably led the large cars un­der $70K class with 161 sales from Fal­con and Au­rion, both on 25, and Jaguar topped the over $70K class with its XF. Six buy­ers opted for the big cat, four for BMW’s 5-Se­ries GT and three for Audi A6.

Hyundai was a run­away win­ner in the sports car sec­tor with 35 sales of its Veloster while BMW’s 2 Se­ries cabrio was in sec­ond place on five.

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