Manheim-Australian-Market-Report-Q3-2016 - Page 12

Q3 New Vehicle Market Overview Australian Market Report Q3 Mazda, Subaru, Honda grow in September as market remains steady Full year-to-date sales are 2.8% ahead of the same period in 2015, with 887,076 units shifted across all segments. H onda regained some ground it had lost in recent months to Korean brand Kia and Mercedes-Benz, lifting by 5.2 per cent – largely on the back of huge results for the HR-V and new Civic – to regain its position in the top 10. Kia was pipped to a top-10 spot by less than 100 units, but its September haul was 22.8 per cent ahead of last September, with the Cerato continuing its growth spurt, up 44.2 per cent. The big three German premium brands were relatively steady last month, with Audi up by 1.3 per cent, BMW increasing by only 0.6 per cent, while Mercedes saw 5.4 per cent growth. A number of other premium brands experienced a lift last month, including Jaguar (+90.0 per cent), Infiniti (+81.8 per cent), Lexus (+3.6 per cent), Porsche (+13.3 per cent) and Volvo (+8.2 per cent). The all new Tiguan SUV is set to reignite sales for Volkswagen The September haul of 102,692 units was just 1.3 per cent – or 1304 vehicle sales – ahead of September 2015, with 26 selling days in both months. Passenger car sales continued to slide, dropping 8.7 per cent over last September, while SUVs continued to grow, up 6.8 per cent, helping to narrow the gap of 366,203 passenger car sales compared to 332,103 SUVs for the first nine months of 2016. Q3 Commodore sales were steady on 2366, up 0.8 per cent from Q2 F ull year-to-date sales are 2.8 per cent ahead of the same period in 2015, with 887,076 units shifted across all segments. While the heavy commercial market was steady (+0.6 per cent), lightcommercial utes and vans showed their continued strength with a 17.9 per cent lift over last September. Sales to private buyers fell by 8.2 per cent last month, but business purchases grew by 14.3 per cent and government sales were steady, up 1.9 per cent. 12 Source: