Spring has sprung, for some
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.