SUVs fuel Australian car market improvement

The Mazda CX-3 has just been launched, and is already entrenched in the top-20 cars in Australia.
The Mazda CX-3 has just been launched, and is already entrenched in the top-20 cars in Australia.

AUSTRALIA'S love for sports utility vehicles is fuelling new car sales. 

According to VFACTS statistics released today, automotive sales accelerated in April compared to the same time last year - figures for the month were up 1.2% while year-to-date numbers have improved 3.5%.

Passenger car sales are down 10.3% (4005 vehicles), but the SUV segment is riding high with a 17% improvement (4307). Light commercials were also up, by 482 vehicle sales (3.4%).

The Toyota Corolla was the top selling car in April, with 3238 vehicles sold. The Corolla was followed by the Toyota Hilux (2789), Mazda3 (2365), Hyundai i30 (2298) and Ford Ranger (2200).

The Toyota Corolla remains Australia's most popular car.
The Toyota Corolla remains Australia's most popular car.

Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Subaru and Honda all improved their year-to-date market share last month. 

"Overall, new car sales to private buyers increased 8.8% and new car sales to government increased 1.7%. Business purchases were down, with the business community purchasing 5.6 per cent less vehicles than in April 2014," FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said.

"While small passenger car sales fell 13.8%, the segment continues to attract the most buyers, holding 19.8% of the new car market in April 2015 and 21.1% year-to-date.

"Large SUVs held 12.9% of the new car market in April, medium SUVs held 12.1%, 4x4 light commercial vehicles held 11.6% and small SUVs held 10.1%."

Top vehicle sales, April 2015

1. Toyota Corolla 3238
2. Toyota HiLux 2789
3. Mazda3 2365
4. Hyundai i30 2298
5. Ford Ranger 2200
6. Holden Commodore 2043
7. Mazda CX-5 1868
8. Volkswagen Golf 1728
9. Mitsubishi Triton 1538
10. Toyota RAV4 1399
11. Mazda CX-3 1396
12. Hyundai ix35 1389
13. Toyota Prado 1389
14. Holden Colorado 1328
15. Toyota LandCruiser 1317
16. Toyota Kluger 1262
17. Nissan X-Trail 1171
18. Toyota Camry 1141
19. Isuzu Ute D-Max 1044
20. Holden Cruze 1031

Top marques, April 2015 

1. Toyota 64,285
2. Mazda 36,348
3. Holden 31,853
4. Hyundai 30,823
5. Nissan 21,847
6. Ford 21,565
7. Mitsubishi 20,706
8. Volkswagen 19,383
9. Subaru 13,381
10. Honda 12,205

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