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SUVs outsell passenger cars

FEB 2017

SUVs outsell passenger cars

HIGHLIGHTS Australia’s new-car market may have hit reverse in February, falling 7.7 percent compared with the same month in 2016, but there were positives in the numbers. Infiniti had a cracking month, selling 119 units or 15 percent of its 2016 tally. Likewise, Mitsubishi eclipsed both Ford and Holden to take the No.4 spot, its highest position in the modern era.

Revived Brit brand MG hit the ground running with 108 registrations.

LOWLIGHTS SUVs outsold passenger cars for the first time. The cooling of Aussie’s affection for traditional hatches, sedans and wagons saw the segment dwindle by a huge 12.2 percent. Only cheap micro cars led by the Mitsubishi Mirage (365 sales), expensive large cars and sports cars bucked the downward trend. Holden tanked for the month, coming within 55 units of being outsold by Ford. The only Lion-badged model to record an increase in sales for the month was the homegrown Caprice sedan.

WINNER INCREASE 72%

LEXUS NX

The Lexus N NX hit 296 sales for the month to snare more than 11 percent of the midsize luxury SUV segment. It helped Lexus to post the strongest month ever in its 27-year Australian history.

LOSER DECREASE 63%

MITSUBISHI LANCER

After the sunshine of January comes the rain of February. The oldest model in Mitsubishi’s line-up has enjoyed a run of drive-away deals, but appears to have run out of buyers.

HIGH-RIDING TIDE

SUV versus passenger car sales for February

TOP 20 67,237

Passenger & SUV sales – February 2017

1 Toyota Corolla 3392 2 3455 2 Mazda 3 3143 3 3722 3 Hyundai i30 2003 3 2461 4 Mazda CX-5 1933 5 2156 5 Toyota RAV4 1726 9 1514 6 Hyundai Tucson 1596 7 1849 7 Holden Commodore 1566 4 2331 8 Kia Cerato 1513 10 905 9 Nissan X-Trail 1500 6 1669 10 Toyota Camry 1473 40 1457 11 Mazda CX-3 1468 8 1381 12 Toyota Prado 1320 17 1295 13 Volkswagen Golf 1306 11 1645 14 Hyundai Accent 1206 16 1081 15 Kia Sportage 1127 18 580 16 Mazda 2 1091 14 1257 17 Mitsubishi ASX 1061 13 1621 18 Toyota Yaris 973 21 1198 19 Subaru Impreza 962 24 398 20 Volkswagen Tiguan 945 31 410 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (JAN ’17) (FEB ’16) 1 1 1 2

SUBARU IMPREZA

Look at that: the fifth-gen Impreza and its newfound driver appeal finished a respectable fourth in our January small car comparison, and it’s back into the Top 20 sellers too.

TOTAL SALES 89,025

February 2017

1 Toyota 16,308 1 16,191 2 Mazda 9923 2 10,205 3 Hyundai 7001 4 7701 4 Mitsubishi 5758 6 6681 5 Holden 5724 3 7304 6 Ford 5669 5 6656 7 Volkswagen 4618 10 4922 8 Nissan 4425 7 5989 9 Kia 4174 8 3067 10 Subaru 3746 9 3538 11 Mercedes-Benz 3419 12 3099 12 Honda 3196 9 3279 13 BMW 2006 13 2748 14 Audi 1711 14 2007 15 Suzuki 1605 15 1674 16 Isuzu Ute 1326 13 1719 17 Land Rover 1277 17 1374 18 Renault 804 19 654 19 Lexus 758 20 816 20 Jeep 639 21 1378 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (JAN ’17) (FEB ’16)

VOLKSWAGEN

The German car brand may be facing Dieselgate lawsuits in every corner, but buyers don’t seem to care.

Plumping sales this month was VW’s roomy second-gen Tiguan (it has jumped from the small- to medium-SUV class in sales data), countering softer Golf sales.