Manheim-Australian-Market-Report-Q3-2016 - Page 11

Q3 New Vehicle Market Overview Australian Market Report Q3 Mazda, Subaru, Honda grow in September as market remains steady By Tim Nicholson The continued popularity of the CX-5 kept Mazda ahead, with the mid-size SUV grabbing 2662 sales. With only one quarter of the year left to go, the race to end of year sales targets is well and truly on. To recap the latest new car sales figures we have called on Tim Nicholson from the GoAuto News team to provide a comprehensive wrap up. J apanese brands continued to fight back against the growing strength of the Korean carmakers last month, with official VFACTS figures revealing strong growth from Mazda and Subaru as well as a return to form for Honda. The continued popularity of the CX-5 kept Mazda ahead, with the mid-size SUV grabbing 2662 sales – its best month ever – and slotting into sixth spot. Toyota’s HiLux was the third bestselling model last month with 3209 sold, giving it a year-to-date total of 30,827, but the Corolla is currently the leader with 30,948 sales to the end of September, just 121 units ahead of its workhorse stablemate. The Hyundai i30 (29,678), Mazda3 (27,898) and Ford Ranger (26,940) round out the year-todate top five. Mazda returned to the top of the best-selling model chart for the first time since January, with the freshly face lifted Mazda3 small car recording 3491 sales, pipping archrival Toyota’s Corolla which achieved 3423. Hyundai was steady last month, just 0.1 per cent ahead of last September, but it recorded strong results for the Tucson SUV (2209) and its ageing Accent light car (2189), both of which snuck into the top 10. The Hiroshima-based car-maker says its monthly sales average in Australia has now exceeded 10,000 units, the first time it has achieved this. Toyota remained the number one carmaker last month, with its 16,716 tally just 0.7 per cent ahead of last September, while second-placed Mazda recorded 12,009 – only the second time it has exceeded 12,000 sales in a month – which represents a 10.5 per cent lift. Holden’s slide continued, down 8.2 per cent to 8546 units, but despite drops for the Barina (-53.7), Captiva (-12.3) and Cruze (-7.4), September saw a fight-back from the Colorado 7/ Trailblazer, which grew by 74 per cent for 712 and the Trax crossover, up 43.4 per cent to 608, while the Commodore was steady on 2366, up 0.8 per cent. Mazda returned to the top of the best-selling model chart in Q3 Ford held on to sixth spot thanks to its continued sales growth, with the Blue Oval lifting by 25 per cent to 7280 units.The Ranger was by far its best seller (2903), but the Focus small car finally attracted some positive attention, lifting by 167.3 per cent to record 866 sales. While Mustang sales remained strong (786), the Falcon dipped by 17.8 per cent last month to achieve 462 sales in what was its last full month of production before the factories close for good. Mitsubishi’s Triton had a solid September, nabbing 2246 sales and a top-10 spot, but the car-maker dipped by 3.4 per cent overall on the back of sizeable drops for the Lancer (-53.7 per cent), Pajero (37.6 per cent) and Outlander (13.0 per cent). Nissan dipped by 1.2 per cent to 5177 units, with the Navara ute and Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs picking up the slack from poor performing passenger cars such as the Pulsar (-51.2 per cent). Volkswagen’s slide also continued, dropping by 14.5 per cent, but the launch last month of the all-new Tiguan SUV is set to reignite sales for the German car-maker. Subaru had a stellar month, with solid results for the Outback, WRX and XV driving overall sales up by 11.8 per cent. > 11 Source: