Mar­ket­place

That sounds like a bro­ken record

Wheels (Australia) - - Redlind -

HIGH­LIGHTS Aus­tralia nudged into record sales num­bers for the fourth month run­ning, with July clos­ing a skinny 1.6 per­cent ahead of the same month last year. The hot spot is the medium-suv class, where the an­nual sales tally is now 16.6 per­cent ahead of the same time last year. Subaru was the brand to watch, jump­ing three places on the charts thanks to the new-gen XV. Volk­swa­gen’s run-out of the Golf VII was pop­u­lar with buy­ers. Oh, and Honda snared its sec­ond cus­tomer for the $420,000 NSX hy­brid sports car.

LOWLIGHTS Floun­der­ing brands that dredged this month’s de­spair pit in­cluded Nis­san (down 22 per­cent), Jeep (510, down 33 per­cent), and French brands Citroen (23, down 70 per­cent) and Peu­geot (106, down 61 per­cent). Ad­mit­tedly, the PSA pair are in a ‘tran­si­tional phase’ as lo­cal dis­tri­bu­tion switches from Sime Darby to Inch­cape,, and Re­nault’s solid 763 sales in July proves there’s still plenty of good­will for French prod­uct. But PSA needs to try much harder, start­ing with more com­pet­i­tive pric­ing.

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