SPIN­NERS AND GRINNERS

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Rolls-Royce made my favourite monthly sales claim in the mid1990s by hail­ing a stand­out re­sult in Aus­tralia when it sold . . . one car.

Each new month brings more spin to mo­tor­ing than the ar­rival of the In­dian cricket team. At each of the 67 brands in show­rooms, ex­ec­u­tives pore over the in­dus­try statis­ti­cian’s lists to find a pos­i­tive — any­where.

For Toy­ota and Mazda it’s easy. The for­mer is in­vari­ably the top brand over­all and the Mazda3 has been tak­ing in­di­vid­ual hon­ours.

Mercedes has re­cently trum­peted com­ing in at No. 10.

This month, we have Hyundai claim­ing its best July to date; Holden lift­ing 6.6 per cent over 2013 and three mod­els in the top 10; and Fiat Chrysler Group claim­ing a top 10 fin­ish, also in its best July, and growth of 44 per cent this year.

Ob­jec­tively, it means Hyundai is still fight­ing for third over­all, Holden is re­build­ing af­ter mas­sive losses last year and Fiat Chrysler is mak­ing easy ground from a low base.

Tally-ho: Rolls-Royce from 1996

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