MarketPlace

MAY 2017

Top of the pops

HIGHLIGHTS Toyota was the big winner in May, dominating the market with a 19.3 percent share. Audi’s A3 (507 sales) and BMW’s 3 Series (256) both had big months for the luxury brands. Kia produced its best month ever with a solid lift from the Cerato, while the Civic bolstered Honda’s fortunes. Australia’s enduring love for the Mustang continues, with 1351 sales in May helping Ford build a 700-car gap on Holden, the largest margin over its traditional rival since Barbie Girl topped the charts in 1997.

LOWLIGHTS Kia’s Korean sister brand Hyundai failed to capitalise on May’s strong showing, buyers unimpressed by i30 run-out offers ahead of an allnew model. Land Rover was desperate for the new Discovery, due on sale in June, to plug a growing hole in its sales. Meanwhile, taking the gloss off Toyota’s shine was the underperforming Prius, Prius C and Prius V range, with sales down 25 percent to 617 year-to-date.

WINNER INCREASE 111%

MERCEDES E-CLASS COUPE

The new-gen model has arrived, at last based on E- rather than C-Class underpinnings. Merc says its first shipment carried a “healthy first batch” heading out the showroom door.

LOSER DECREASE 31%

MASERATI LEVANTE

The lack of a petrol engine was always going to tap the brakes on the appeal of the Italian performance brand’s first-ever SUV. A spark-ignition version powered by a 316kW/580Nm V6 arrives late this year.

TOP 20

78,417 Passenger & SUV sales – May 2017 1 Toyota Corolla 3160 1 3333 2 Hyundai i30 2683 4 3771 3 Mazda 3 2594 2 3243 4 Mazda CX-5 2298 3 2117 5 Toyota Camry 2233 5 1446 6 Hyundai Tucson 2135 6 1643 7 Nissan X-Trail 1992 27 1537 8 Toyota RAV4 1977 10 1695 9 Holden Commodore 1841 9 2255 10 Mitsubishi ASX 1742 8 1244 11 Kia Cerato 1735 7 1023 12 Toyota Prado 1619 12 1174 13 Mazda CX-3 1542 13 1451 14 Volkswagen Golf 1534 15 1753 15 Mitsubishi Outlander 1405 15 1405 16 Hyundai Accent 1353 14 1252 17 Ford Mustang 1351 =26 690 18 Honda Civic 1311 19 12 19 Subaru Forester 1208 16 1336 20 Kia Sportage 1206 18 826 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (APR ’17) (MAY ’16)

NISSAN X-TRAIL

Where’d that one come from? Sharp driveaway deals with almost zero fat for dealers elevated Nissan’s strongest-selling model to its best month since December 2015.

TOTAL SALES

102,901 May 2017 1 Toyota 19,876 1 17,201 2 Mazda 9903 2 9608 3 Hyundai 8312 3 9005 4 Ford 7617 5 6584 5 Holden 6917 4 7405 6 Mitsubishi 6521 6 6154 7 Nissan 5083 10 5585 8 Volkswagen 5080 8 4565 9 Kia 5005 7 3542 10 Subaru 4146 9 4002 11 Honda 3820 12 2663 12 Mercedes-Benz 3686 11 3373 13 Isuzu Ute 2377 14 1883 14 BMW 2081 13 2565 15 Audi 1914 15 2002 16 Suzuki 1626 16 1712 17 Renault 1091 =18 779 18 Lexus 767 17 810 19 Land Rover 704 20 990 20 Jeep 701 =18 975 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (MAR ’17) (APR ’16)

NISSAN

Funny that Nissan lifts its game ahead of global boss Carlos Ghosn’s June visit to Australia to rally the troops.

It comes after a shocking April result for the brand, where Nissan managed just 3350 sales – its worst result on record since October 2005.