VFACTS: Hyundai again on high with i30

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    HYUNDAI returned to the highest of the best-selling fashions record final month with its i30 small automobile recording its greatest outcome for the reason that new-generation collection was launched in Could, its 3983 gross sales virtually singlehandedly pushing the South Korean car-maker up into second place general behind the all-conquering market-leading model Toyota.

    Up 1.1 per cent for the month however down 5.2 per cent for the yr up to now, Hyundai’s gross sales efficiency displays the combined fortunes among the many main gamers within the booming new-vehicle market, with month-to-month gross sales fluctuating this yr amid fierce competitors that can solely intensify within the run house to Christmas – and doubtless one other document annual outcome for the trade.

    VFACTS figures launched at the moment present that the general market set a recent benchmark for October with 95,763 new-vehicle registrations – topping the earlier document for the month set in 2012 – and is now zero.5 per cent forward of the identical level in final yr’s document 1.178m-unit market.

    Toyota was compelled to accept minor placings amongst ‘Australia’s most needed’ automobiles, with HiLux (3812) and Corolla (3088) in second and third place respectively, however the Japanese auto large, which is clearly struggling no sick results of its native manufacturing exit final month, is assured HiLux will cling onto the title come December 31.

    Toyota’s 17,836 gross sales final month marked a 9.1 per cent enhance on October final yr and greater than double that of its nearest competitor – Hyundai, on 8800 models – to be 5.Three per cent forward on a year-to-date foundation, whereas Mazda was third on 8054 models, up 1.7 per cent for the month however down zero.7 per cent YTD.

    Mazda’s CX-5 was once more the top-selling SUV in Australia with 2173 gross sales final month and 21,360 for the reason that begin of the yr, as SUV gross sales general rose 1.2 per cent (as passenger automobiles fell Three.Eight per cent) to strengthen the place of the high-riding cohort because the dominant sector out there.

    Holden, which additionally closed its manufacturing operations final month and accomplished the trade’s transition to an import-only market, recorded 7726 gross sales for fourth place – a 2.7 per cent rise on final October that, as was the case in September, owes a good bit to patrons dashing in to safe a last instance of the Commodore, which racked up 2418 gross sales final month (+15.1 per cent).

    Total, Commodore gross sales are down 9.four per cent this yr (19,612) – a distinction to Toyota Camry gross sales, up 9.7 per cent (20,498) – whereas Holden continues to be dealing with a double-digit downturn with an 11.zero per cent decline YTD.

    Ford gross sales fell 11.1 per cent final month to 5785 models, its top-selling Ranger utility down throughout each 4×2 (426, -Eight.6 per cent) and 4×4 (2648, -Three.7 per cent) drivelines which, given the Blue Oval’s reliance on the mannequin, exposes the lacklustre efficiency of a number of different fashions in its vary.

    It additionally ended the Ranger’s slim shot at taking out the general gross sales crown this yr.

    As has been the case all yr, the notable exception is Mustang, gross sales of which rose 7.7 per cent final month (to 629) to offer the horse automobile a operating whole of 8003 for the yr to date – up 53.Eight per cent YTD and a few 3000 models away from Ford’s next-best-selling mannequin, the Focus (5035), which had a optimistic displaying final month (498, +Eight.Three per cent) however continues to be down 10.5 per cent general.

    Mitsubishi continued its stable type final month with 5550 gross sales, up 6.2 per cent on October 2016 and 6.9 per cent for the yr, with wonderful returns from its all-important Triton ute final month (1857, +85.Three per cent) and a optimistic displaying from the associated Pajero Sport (469, +20.Three per cent).

    Buoyed by 1808 Golf gross sales in October (+27.6 per cent), Volkswagen stays on a good keel in comparison with final yr, its 4941 gross sales final month marking a 1.5 per cent enhance on a month-to-month foundation and holding its nostril in entrance – by zero.Eight per cent – on a YTD foundation and forward of Subaru, which introduced in 4667 gross sales final month (+12.7 per cent) that pushes out its YTD progress to a powerful 13.2 per cent.

    Nissan is constant to indicate the sick results of discontinued fashions and is clearly now in a holding sample till all-new and alternative automobiles attain the market, posting 4565 gross sales final month (-17.6 per cent) which locations it in ninth place and sees it down 15.Three per cent thus far this yr.

    That mentioned, its two biggest-selling fashions – X-Path mid-size SUV and Navara ute – have been in optimistic territory with greater than 3000 models between them (X-Path: 1762, +6.5 per cent Navara: 1333, +21.four per cent).

    Kia rounded out the highest 10 on 4255 gross sales, the South Korean model simply the fastest-growing among the many main mass-market gamers with gross sales up 20.1 per cent final month and 29.7 per cent YTD.

    Among the many main status manufacturers, Audi delivered a powerful 9.7 per cent enhance final month with 2003 gross sales – sufficient to put forward of BMW (1783, -1.1 per cent) and cut back its YTD deficit to 9.Eight per cent.

    BMW’s YTD gross sales are actually down 15.zero per cent, but it surely stays greater than 2600 models away from Audi within the struggle for second place behind the dominant pressure within the sector, Mercedes-Benz, which, as soon as industrial automobile gross sales are taken out, additionally suffered a 17.7 per cent decline final month (to 2519 models) however continues to be up four.9 per cent for the yr up to now.

    Mercedes’ light-commercial automobiles are additionally buying and selling effectively, which is symptomatic of the whole LCV sector final month, LCV gross sales rose 18.5 per cent to underpin the trade’s general efficiency. The expansion was underpinned by 4×4 utes, gross sales of which shot up 25.2 per cent final month and have been fuelled by each enterprise and personal purchases (+19.1 and +15.6 per cent respectively).

    To the top of October, LCV gross sales progress of seven.four per cent is outstripping passenger automobiles and SUVs (-6.9 and +four.Three per cent respectively), whereas the lower-volume heavy commercials are up 10.four per cent YTD.

    Nonetheless the preferred phase within the market, small automobiles (+9.7 per cent) once more propped up the general passenger automobile sector final month, with each different class of auto (bar the low-volume people-movers) recording unfavorable outcomes, whereas among the many SUVs, the big and upper-large segments (-13.6 and -2.5 per cent respectively) stored a lid on general progress.

    Prime 10 promoting manufacturers October 2017
    Model Gross sales Variance %
    Toyota 17,836 +9.1
    Hyundai 8800 +1.1
    Mazda 8054 +1.7
    Holden 7726 +2.7
    Ford 5785 -11.1
    Mitsubishi 5500 +6.2
    Volkswagen 4941 +1.5
    Subaru 4667 +12.7
    Nissan 4565 -17.6
    Kia 4255 +20.1

    Prime 10 promoting fashions October 2017
    Mannequin Gross sales
    Hyundai i30 3989
    Toyota HiLux 3812
    Toyota Corolla 3088
    Ford Ranger 3074
    Holden Commodore 2418
    Mazda CX-5 2173
    Toyota Camry 2057
    Mazda3 1962
    Mitsubishi Triton 1857
    Volkswagen Golf 1808