Spring has sprung, for some

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline -

HIGH­LIGHTS Pas­sen­ger cars showed a sur­pris­ing resur­gence in Septem­ber, ris­ing al­most seven per­cent com­pared with Au­gust. In con­trast, SUVS could only man­age a 2.3 per­cent rise. It was the month for M brands: Mazda, Mercedes-benz (with 910 C-class sales) and Mit­subishi all per­formed strongly. Hyundai’s Kona made its de­but, snar­ing 71 sales in its first part­month in show­rooms. And Peu­geot’s box-fresh 3008 SUV found 209 buy­ers, the model’s best month yet since the badge launched here in 2010.

LOW­LIGHTS Overall sales slumped 2.6 per­cent in Septem­ber to end the mar­ket’s YTD re­sult marginally ahead of last year’s record-set­ting pace. Toy­ota shrunk markedly, its share fall­ing 1.9 per­cent to just 17.2 as sales of its en­tire line-up weak­ened, and Holden once again let Mit­subishi slip ahead. Trade utes con­tin­ued to out­sell pas­sen­ger cars; the Ford Ranger (4318) and Toy­ota Hilux (3822) topped Septem­ber’s charts. And VW pushed 263 first-gen Tiguans out the door more than a year after the new one ar­rived.

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