Joshua Dowling July 04, 2012
Once proud Holden Commodore struggles to stay inside Top 10.
If you want to see the combined impact of the strong Australian dollar and the mining boom, look no further than the new-car sales results for June 2012.
It was a record month in the history of Australian motoring, with 112,566 deliveries – up 17.1 per cent on the same month last year, and up 3.5 per cent on the previous record set in June 2010.
As reported by Drive earlier, the Toyota HiLux was the top-selling vehicle for the third month in a row and the Mazda3 small car was the most popular passenger vehicle for the sixth consecutive month.
However, official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that the HiLux and other utilities were buoyed by strong demand in the mining states: Queensland, West Australia and the Northern Territory (up by between 18 and 37 per cent compared with the same month last year).
As the number of small softroaders increases, so too does their demand. SUV sales were up 46 per cent in June and 33 per cent so far this year.
Meanwhile, the bad news gets worse for locally-made large cars.
After witnessing the Ford Falcon’s sharp decline in the past few years (it’s now outside the top 20 sellers) the Holden Commodore slipped to eighth – its lowest monthly ranking ever – behind the Volkswagen Golf hatchback by just three sales.
If Toyota had combined the sales of its Camry four-cylinder sedan and Aurion V6 sedan (they are effectively the same car but with different engines) they too would have outsold the Commodore.
Official VFACTS figures also reveal that if Hyundai combined i30 hatch with the Elantra sedan sales (they are twins under the skin), Hyundai would have the top-selling passenger car in Australia (the combined 4089 sales would have edged ahead of the Mazda3’s tally of 3924).
The totals for Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla include both sedan and hatch variants.
Holden had a month it would rather forget as it waits for supplies of its all-new Colorado utility to ramp up. Holden sales were down 17 per cent in a market that went up 17 per cent – and the brand is within just 4000 sales of being overtaken by Mazda.
Top 10 cars – June 2012
Toyota HiLux 4308
Toyota Corolla 3804
Holden Cruze 3057
Nissan Navara 3034
Hyundai i30 3024
Volkswagen Golf 2746
Holden Commodore 2743
Toyota Camry 2303
Mitsubishi Triton 2186
Top 10 brands – year-to-date June 2012
Toyota 106,035 – up 24.6 per cent
Holden 56,183 – down 10.2 per cent
Mazda 52,133 – up 19.0 per cent
Hyundai 45,306 – up 5.4 per cent
Ford 43,430 – down 4.0 per cent
Nissan 39,879 – up 17.4 per cent
Mitsubishi 31,139 – down 1.1 per cent
Volkswagen 26,966 – up 31.5 per cent
Subaru 21,341 – up 14.5 per cent
Honda 16,153 – down 1.2 per cent