HIGHLIGHTS More new cars were sold in July 2015 than in any previous July. While the 92,308 figure was 33,542 down on June (the highest volume of any month), our best July was driven by the ubiquitous SUV and commericals. The Toyota Hilux (2579) won the tradie tug-o-war, while the Mazda CX-5 sold 2223, beaten only by the Hyundai i30 (2750), Mazda 3 (2825) and Toyota Corolla (3573). Despite the hatch-filled podium, passenger car sales declined 3.0% YTD as SUVs grew 13.7% .
LOWLIGHTS Fiat is dumping its charming Panda, and for good reason: the light car segment it competes in has suffered 2015ís biggest decline, down 30.8%. In July, Panda sales were down 38.9% (11) as the Nissan Micra plummeted 58.2% (132). And while luxury marques like Benz, BMW and Audi lap up unprecedented growth, Alfa Romeo will be counting the days to the new Giulia, its BMW 3 Series rival, as the Italianís sales are down 40.4% YTD, at 1027 against last yearís 1724 YTD figure.
Mazdaís smallest SUV is poised to nab the segmentís top spot with 1284 sales now that the ix35 has changed its name to Tucson and jumped up a class in size. The new Honda HR-V (1069) is nipping at its heels, though. sma T H
The V6 Camry-based sedan lost almost half its sales in July, with 325 compared to Juneís 563, and 468 in July 2014. It was comprehensively beaten by traditional foes the Ford Falcon (625) and Holden Commodore (2030). s foes, 30).