Ja­panese giants steer mar­ket to July record

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Pow­er­house sales per­for­mances by mar­ket lead­ers Toy­ota and Mazda helped to drive Aus­tralian newve­hi­cle sales to a July record of 92,754 units last month, eclips­ing the pre­vi­ous July peak of 92,308 units set in 2015.

Show­ing few signs of a hang­over from its whop­per sales month in June, Toy­ota landed no fewer than four ve­hi­cles in the top 10 in July, with its Hilux ute, 3742 sales and Corolla small car, 3208, tak­ing the quinella as the best-sell­ing ve­hi­cles in the land.

Of­fi­cial VFACTS fig­ures re­vealed Toy­ota’s monthly sales tally of 17,931 rep­re­sented its best July since 2008 when sales were boosted by the min­ing boom to 20,521.

Mazda sailed to a record July high of 9528 ve­hi­cles, mainly on the back of its resur­gent Mazda3 small car, sales of which were up 64.3 per­cent on July last year when it was in the mid­dle of a model changeover, and the CX-5 SUV which zoom-zoomed up 19.2 per­cent to 2305 units to re­sume its role as top-sell­ing SUV in the land.

Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony We­ber said the record July was no­table be­cause it came di­rectly af­ter the in­dus­try’s best-ever monthly re­sult in June.

Apart from Toy­ota and Mazda, the other big win­ners among the lead­ing brands last month were Mit­subishi, Subaru and Kia.

Mit­subishi edged up 11.2 per­cent over July last year, to 6020 units, Kia sales jumped 20 per­cent to a July record 4265 units, and Subaru’s vol­umes soared 27.1 per­cent to 4265 ve­hi­cles on the back of strong de­mand for its two new­est mod­els, the XV small SUV and Im­preza small car.

Mar­ket num­ber-three Hyundai ef­fec­tively marked time with 7501 sales for the month – down 1.3 per­cent as it es­tab­lishes its new i30 hatch­back – while ri­vals Holden, 6467 sales and Ford, 6270, went back­wards by 8.5 and 9.1 per­cent re­spec­tively.

Holden sales are now run­ning 11.8 per­cent be­hind the same pe­riod of last year, de­spite the ar­rival of new mod­els such as the As­tra sedan.

Ford’s Ranger came in third on the best-seller list, with 3076 sales, ef­fec­tively mak­ing up half of Ford’s re­tail sales in Aus­tralia, while its one­time top-seller, the Fal­con, all but dis­ap­peared from the mar­ket, achiev­ing just two Fal­con sedan and one ute reg­is­tra­tion for the month as resid­ual stocks dry up af­ter the demise of the com­pany’s Aus­tralian manufactur­ing in Oc­to­ber last year.

Of the top 10 com­pa­nies, Nis­san was the big­gest loser, down 22.8 per­cent for the month to 4094 units – a fall of more than 1200 units on the same month last year.

Nis­san’s sales are down 12.3 per­cent or 4803 units.

Year to date, the over­all Aus­tralian new-ve­hi­cle mar­ket has edged 0.4 per­cent ahead of last year’s sales, to 692,306 units and well on tar­get to break through the mil­lion-unit mark again.

The July tally of 92,754 was 1.6 per­cent up on month last year.

The trend away from pas­sen­ger cars to SUVS was again ev­i­dent in July, with pas­sen­ger car sales down 5.9 per­cent for the month, to 35,792 units, and SUVS up 9.4 per­cent to 36,979 ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter mega end-of-fi­nan­cial-year sales in June, light-com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles eked out a small rise of 0.8 per­cent, to 17,016 units.

Ger­man car-mak­ers BMW and Audi landed a rare punch on ri­val Mercedes-benz in July, with BMW sales up 5.0 per­cent to 2152 units and Audi’s sales up 9.2 per cent, to 2114 ve­hi­cles, while Mercedes-benz car sales slipped 5.2 per cent, to 2628 units. the cor­re­spond­ing

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