IMPORTS SWAMP MARKET SALES
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.