One Lion rises, an­other falls

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline -

HIGH­LIGHTS:

May was up al­most 18,000 sales on April, but down 2.1% on the same pe­riod last year. SUVS drove much of the month’s mo­men­tum with mid-siz­ers in­clud­ing the Mazda CX-5 (up 38%) and Mit­subishi ASX (up 19%) fir­ing with buy­ers. Peu­geot had a strong month show­room-wide – its 230 sales up 50% and led by the 3008 (125 sales, up 49%). Audi’s A4 bounced back from a poor April, claim­ing 194 buy­ers (up 81%), while VW’S Ar­teon (74 sales, up 90%) had its best month since its Oc­to­ber 2017 launch.

LOW­LIGHTS

Few brands had a bad month. Porsche fell 16% as the model changeover for new-gen Cayenne (18 sales, down 44%) had an im­pact. Holden slipped an­other two spots de­spite a 12 per­cent rise over April’s re­sult on stronger Com­modore (1040, up 77%) and now-dis­con­tin­ued Spark (123, up 180%) sales, as Cap­tiva (370, down 29%) and its newer Equinox SUV sib­ling (428, down 15%), weak­ened. Ford’s tran­si­tion to the MY18 Mus­tang saw sales fall 30% to just 267 for the month, the low­est since its De­cem­ber 2015 launch.

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