SPINNERS AND GRINNERS
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