VFACTS: August 2018 new vehicle sales

A big month for SUVs, but passenger cars and the overall market are still down.

New vehicle sales in Australia dropped 1.5 per cent on the same month in 2017, with new registrations totalling 95,221 units. Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria all recorded increases, while the rest of the nation – led by a 9.7 per cent drop for the Northern Territory – was down.

Coming on the back of a July in which sales dipped 7.8 per cent on last year, the result leaves the market 0.3 per cent down on 2017, with a total of 786,294 sales year-to-date.

Passenger cars were down 13.4 per cent on last year, while the SUV market rebounded from a marginally weaker July to grow by 8.3 per cent. Light commercial vehicles fell 1.3 per cent, but sales are still up by 2.3 per cent year-to-date.

Every single passenger segment shrunk compared to 2017, headlined by 24.1 per cent and 60.3 per cent drops for medium and large cars respectively. That contrasted with growth for every SUV segment except upper large, which fell marginally.


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In news that’ll shock no-one, Toyota dominated the charts in August with 18,833 sales (up 1.7 per cent) and a 19.8 per cent market share. Mazda owned 11.3 per cent of the market with 10,470 sales, with the latter figure representing a 26.2 per cent leap over August 2017.

Hyundai maintained its hold on third with 8006 sales (up 2.6 per cent) and an 8.4 per cent market share, trailed by Mitsubishi (7067 cars, up 6.3 per cent) and Ford (5962, down 10.3 per cent).

Volkswagen leapt into sixth on the charts with 4637 sales, down 2.0 per cent, followed closely by Kia (4620, up 2.5 per cent) and Nissan (4440, up 8.4 per cent). Holden (4356, down 37.6 per cent) clung gamely onto ninth, while Subaru (3845) maintained 10th in spite of a 16.0 per cent drop.

Honda (3486, down 6.4 per cent) narrowly missed the top 10, ahead of Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Ute (which continued its remarkable run of growth months, albeit only just), BMW, Suzuki, Audi, Renault, Land Rover, Volvo and Skoda.

On the positive side of things, Alfa Romeo (123, up 31.3 per cent) and Infiniti (95, up 97.9 per cent) both bucked the downward trend in luxury sales. They’re coming off a low base, sure, but credit where it’s due. MG continued its charge with 332 sales, up 577.6 per cent, while Volvo (689, 83.7 per cent) is benefitting hugely from the XC40.

Porsche, on the other hand, fell 25.4 per cent, joining Audi (1067, down 25.8 per cent), BMW (1760, down 12.2 per cent) and Lexus (619, down 11.7 per cent) in the luxury doghouse. Oh, and Morgan sales dropped drastically – having shifted two cars in August 2017, it moved just one last month. An alarm is no doubt ringing in Malvern, UK.


BRAND  SALES CHANGE MARKET SHARE
Toyota 18,833 +1.7 per cent 19.8 per cent
Mazda 10,470 +26.2 per cent 11.3 per cent
Hyundai 8006 +2.6 per cent 8.4 per cent
Mitsubishi 7067 +6.3 per cent 7.4 per cent
Ford 5962 -10.3 per cent 6.3 per cent
Volkswagen 4637 -2.0 per cent 4.9 per cent
Kia 4620 +2.5 per cent 4.9 per cent
Nissan 4440 +8.4 per cent 4.7 per cent
Holden 4356 -37.6 per cent 4.6 per cent
Subaru 3845 -16.0 per cent 4.0 per cent
Honda 3486 -6.4 per cent 3.7 per cent
Mercedes-Benz 3284 -3.4 per cent 3.4 per cent
Isuzu Ute 2167 +1.7 per cent 2.3 per cent
BMW 1760 -12.2 per cent 1.8 per cent
Suzuki 1320 -28.4 per cent 1.4 per cent
Audi 1067 -25.8 per cent 1.1 per cent
Renault 810 -11.4 per cent 0.9 per cent
Land Rover 719 -32.0 per cent 0.8 per cent
Volvo 689 +83.7 per cent 0.7 per cent
Skoda 625 +28.1 per cent 0.7 per cent

Models

Toyota topped the sales charts with the HiLux (4275), followed by the Ford Ranger (3515) and Toyota Corolla (3033). The ever-popular Mazda 3 (2969) and CX-5 (2599) rounded out the top five, trailed by the Hyundai i30 (2323), Toyota Prado (2019), Hyundai Tucson (1998), Nissan X-Trail (1910) and Mitsubishi Triton (1752).

That leaves the Volkswagen Golf and Toyota RAV4 out of the top 10, despite occupying ninth and eighth spots respectively last month.


MODEL SALES CHANGE TYPE
Toyota HiLux 4275 -0.27 per cent Ute
Ford Ranger 3515 -2.09 per cent Ute
Toyota Corolla 3033 +2.9 per cent Small car
Mazda 3 2969 +37.3 per cent Small car
Mazda CX-5 2599 +26.9 per cent Medium SUV
Hyundai i30 2323 +8.4 per cent Small car
Toyota Prado 2019 +79.1 per cent Large SUV
Hyundai Tucson 1998 -9.4 per cent Medium SUV
Nissan X-Trail 1910 +89.5 per cent Medium SUV
Mitsubishi Triton 1752 -11.0 per cent Ute
Mitsubishi Outlander 1719 +10.3 per cent Medium SUV
Toyota RAV4 1684 +4.9 per cent Medium SUV
Toyota Camry 1604 -23.9 per cent Medium car
Volkswagen Golf 1553 +1.2 per cent Small car
Mitsubishi ASX 1543 -7.9 per cent Small SUV
Kia Cerato 1491 +4.6 per cent Small car
Isuzu D-Max 1461 +4.5 per cent Ute
Holden Colorado 1439 -6.6 per cent Ute
Mazda CX-3 1387 +11.4 per cent Small SUV
Hyundai Accent 1357 +25.0 per cent Light car

Segment leaders

SEGMENT FIRST SECOND THIRD
Micro cars Kia Picanto, 357 Fiat/Abarth 500, 62 Mitsubishi Mirage, 52
Light cars Hyundai Accent, 1357 Mazda 2, 1134 Toyota Yaris, 821
Small cars under $40k  Toyota Corolla, 3033 Mazda 3, 2969 Hyundai i30, 2323
Small cars over $40k Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 419 Audi A3, 264 BMW 1 Series, 186
Medium cars under $60k Toyota Camry, 1604 Mazda 6, 289 Volkswagen Passat, 208
Medium cars over $60k BMW 3 Series, 301 Mercedes-Benz CLA, 263 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 197
Large cars under $70k  Holden Commodore, 682 Kia Stinger, 125 Skoda Superb, 62
Large cars over $70k  Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 102 BMW 5 Series, 52 Jaguar XF, 29
Upper large cars Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 20 Chrysler 300, 10 BMW 6 Series GT, 8
People movers Kia Carnival, 578 Honda Odyssey, 129 Volkswagen Multivan, 95
Sports cars under $80k Ford Mustang, 736 Toyota 86, 70 Subaru BRZ, 65
Sports cars under $200k  Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 90 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 68 BMW 4 Series, 56
Small SUV Mitsubishi ASX, 1543 Mazda CX-3, 1387 Subaru XV, 1144
Small SUV over $40k Mercedes-Benz GLA, 269 Volvo XC40, 266 Audi Q3, 219
Medium SUV Mazda CX-5, 2599 Hyundai Tucson, 1998 Nissan X-Trail, 1910
Medium SUV over $60k  Mercedes-Benz GLC, 644 BMW X3/4, 500 Lexus NX, 263
Large SUV Toyota Prado, 2019 Toyota Kluger, 1259 Subaru Outback, 1080
Large SUV over $70k BMW X5/6, 250 Mercedes-Benz GLE, 239 Range Rover Sport, 158
Upper large SUV Toyota LandCruiser, 1109 Nissan Patrol, 121
Upper large SUV over $100k Mercedes-Benz GLS, 125 Range Rover, 23 Lexus LX, 20
Small van Volkswagen Caddy, 153 Renault Kangoo, 64 Citroen Berlingo, 32
Medium van Toyota HiAce, 517 Hyundai iLoad, 329 Ford Transit Custom, 178
Large van Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 456 Renault Master, 120 Volkswagen Crafter, 111
4×2 ute Toyota HiLux, 1068 Mazda BT-50, 448 Ford Ranger, 432
4×4 ute Toyota HiLux, 3207 Ford Ranger, 3083 Mitsubishi Triton, 1538

Miscellaneous

The best-selling segments were medium SUV (16,972), small cars (16,239), 4×4 utes (13,941), large SUV (11,618) and small SUV (11,259).

Passenger sales (42,366) led the way, ahead of business (38,521) buyers, rental fleet (7279) registrations, and government buys (3210).

There were 59,711 petrol sales, followed by 30,249 diesels and 1416 diesel/hybrid vehicles, excluding Tesla registrations.

Our top five suppliers were Japan (31,517), Thailand (23,832), South Korea (13,602), Germany (7269) and the USA (3742).