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Van hailin’: The rise of the breeder bus

HIGHLIGHTS May was a good month, with combined sales for the first five months of the year at 469,571, up 3.6% over the same period last year. The boom in mid-size SUVs, up 19.6% for the month, was outdone only by people-movers, up a staggering 27.8%. Sports car sales hit top speed, finding 2139 buyers in May to sit 18.8% ahead of last year. In the battle of the brands, Mazda reclaimed second spot ahead of Hyundai, and Holden nudged back in front of Ford.

LOWLIGHTS Aussie manufacturing’s delcline was highlighted again with a 6.9% fall for the month to put us 14.7% down on the same five months last year. Ford, with 1425 local sales, and Holden with 3471, are sharing the pain. Conventional passenger cars continue to lose ground as buyers stick to the middle ground, with the likes of the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and the Chrysler 300 all now struggling in the showroom.

KIA CARNIVAL

The rise of the people mover is largely down to one model, the Kia Carnival. It has won two in every five people-mover sales so far this year, displacing the old showroom favourite, Honda’s Odyssey.

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SUBARU WRX, WRX STI

Subaru’s iconic sports sub-brand faltered in May, falling to just 35 sales, down 87.5% for the month. No cause for alarm; it’s just low on stoc ahead of a model refresh that’s due soon. or stock

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74,452 Passenger & SUV sales – May 2016

PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (APR ’16) (MAY ’15)

1 Hyundai i30 3771 1 1666 2 Toyota Corolla 3333 2 2688 3 Mazda 3 3243 3 2876 4 Holden Commodore 2255 4 2217 5 Mazda CX-5 2117 6 1981 6 Volkswagen Golf 1753 5 2093 7 Toyota RAV4 1695 9 1633 8 Hyundai Tucson 1643 13 – 9 Nissan X-Trail 1537 14 1317 10 Mazda CX-3 1451 7 1035 11 Toyota Camry 1446 10 1464 12 Subaru Forester 1336 15 1046 13 Hyundai Accent 1252 8 624 14 Mitsubishi ASX 1244 20 950 15 Toyota Prado 1174 12 1349 16 Honda HR-V 1149 21 910 17 Toyota Kluger 1072 18 1045 18 Mazda 2 1069 17 1070 19 Toyota Yaris 1067 19 1204 20 Subaru Outback 1055 22 887

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Mid-size luxury SUVs slug it out

TOTAL SALES

96,672 May 2016 Toyota 17,201 Mazda 9608 Hyundai 7405 Holden 7405 Ford 6584 Mitsubishi 6154 Nissan 5585 Volkswagen 4565 Subaru 4002 Kia 3542 Mercedes-Benz 3373 Honda 2663 BMW 2456 Audi 2002 Isuzu Ute 1883 Suzuki 1712 Land Rover 990 Jeep 975 Lexus 810 Renault 779