‘Stang loses its sting, while 3 takes a dip
It seems the iconic pony car’s light has dimmed, with the Blue
Oval halo slumping 38.4% to 3948 sales in 2019 – its lowest figure since it officially landed down under in 2015. Higher pricing also saw the once chart-topping Mazda 3 drop 19.7% year-on-year to 24,939 sales, falling behind the Hyundai i30’s 28,378 units (up 0.7%). The Corolla took a hit, falling 13.7% in 2019 to 30,468.
As a whole, the sub-$40K small-car class shrank by 18.6%.