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Down, down; sales are down

APR 2017

Down, down; sales are down

HIGHLIGHTS April may have been a tough month, down 5.1 percent year-on-year as national holidays kept buyers pre-occupied, but not for everyone. Japanese brands Honda and Mitsubishi both bumped up sales more than 30 percent, while Subaru cracked a rise of more than 20 percent.

Kia outpaced its sister brand, Hyundai, to also post a 30-plus percent growth spurt. Porsche, meanwhile, exactly matched March’s 371 sales as the Macan SUV exactly matched its 868 year-to-date sales with last year. Neat!

LOWLIGHTS Mon dieu! Frenchies Citroen, Peugeot and Renault, and Renault’s bed partner Nissan, all struggled, as did off-road specialists Land Rover and Jeep. Mercedes-Benz eclipsed Audi and BMW combined, while luxury car rival – if we can call it that – Infiniti cut sales by more than 80% for the month to just 25. SUVs ended a two-month run of dominating passenger-car sales, falling 779 short. And once again, two tradie utes – the Toyota Hilux (3430) and Ford Ranger (3120) – topped the charts.

BMW 5 SERIES

WINNER INCREASE 72%

BMW’s all-new large executive sedan shifted 211 units in its first full month on sale, almost eclipsing its rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But Benz now has the AMG E43 fighting for it...

HOLDEN TRAX

LOSER DECREASE 41%

Yep, it’s a sales result to make baby SUVs blub. Volume in this segment fell 5 percent overall, but the Trax’s downhill run to just 363 for the month shows conditions underneath can be a bit slippery.

Trax s do s

TOP 20 63,515

1 Toyota Corolla 2555 1 2959 2 Mazda 3 2313 2 2512 3 Mazda CX-5 2166 6 1675 4 Hyundai i30 1979 3 4143 5 Toyota Camry 1885 4 1511 6 Hyundai Tucson 1530 5 1302 7 Kia Cerato 1490 10 1058 8 Mitsubishi ASX 1451 16 1058 9 Holden Commodore 1441 7 1908 10 Toyota RAV4 1389 8 1524 11 Mitsubishi Outlander 1343 11 598 12 Toyota Prado 1301 17 1329 13 Mazda CX-3 1195 12 1604 14 Hyundai Accent 1186 13 1555 15 Volkswagen Golf 1151 14 1811 16 Subaru Forester 1054 18 1087 17 Subaru Impreza 1022 22 369 18 Kia Sportage 1001 19 724 19 Honda Civic 985 32 35 20 Toyota Kluger 939 23 946 Passenger & SUV sales – April 2017 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (MAR ’17) (APR ’16)

HONDA CIVIC

Honda’s small sedan shot up to No.19 with a bullet in April, giving rivals including the Kia Cerato, Volkswagen Golf, and Subaru Impreza a fright.

A sharp-looking hatch version has just landed.

TOTAL SALES 83,135

1 Toyota 16,090 1 16,567 2 Mazda 8603 2 8630 3 Hyundai 6850 3 8643 4 Holden 5804 5 6710 5 Ford 5802 6 6842 6 Mitsubishi 5407 4 4178 7 Kia 4120 10 3025 8 Volkswagen 3867 8 4732 9 Subaru 3854 9 3156 10 Nissan 3350 7 4044 11 Mercedes-Benz 3312 11 3303 12 Honda 2827 12 2107 13 BMW 1802 13 2456 14 Isuzu Ute 1665 14 1598 15 Audi 1391 17 1726 16 Suzuki 1191 15 1328 17 Lexus 689 19 802 =18 Jeep 677 20 1070 =18 Renault 677 18 988 20 Land Rover 552 16 926 April 2017 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (MAR ’17) (APR ’16)

FORD

This time last year, Ford had nudged ahead of Holden in the monthly sales race for the first time since 1999. This year it almost happened again, with Ford coming within three sales of besting its showroom rival, mostly thanks to the huge success of its Thai-built Ranger pick-up.