HIGHLIGHTS The Toyota Hilux was Australiaís best-selling vehicle in May with 3173 sales, eclipsing the Mazda 3 (2876), which nabbed the top spot for passenger cars from the Toyota Corolla (2688). With all vehicle types included, the Mitsubishi Triton (2683) and Ford Ranger (2411) took fourth and fifth spots. Itís 4x4 utes that are proving most popular, with the segment up 6.8% year-to-date against the overall marketís meagre 2.5% rise. By contrast, 4x2 ute sales are down 10.2%.
LOWLIGHTS Passenger car sales continue to fall and now make up only 43.5% of the total market compared to 61.5% a decade ago. In May alone, sales were down 7.3% compared to the same month last year. The now ubiquitous SUV has swollen from 19.1% market share in May 2005 to 34.9% in May 2015. Both commercial and SUV sales are being driven by private buyers, with sales in mining-centric WA down 15.8% year-on-year a reflection of the boom times coming to an end. p
Koreaís Corolla rival had a gangbuster month. Its 974 sales are up on Aprilís 728, but more impressively compares to 501 this time last year. Year-to-date, the Cerato is up 55% in a segment that has declined 11%. res a compar
Podium finisher no more, the i30 slipped from third to seventh in May, 1666 sales being its lowest tally since December 2009. Hyundai expects sales to pick up as stocks of the updated model reach showrooms. lly k s.