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JULY 2017

That sounds like a broken record

HIGHLIGHTS Australia nudged into record sales numbers for the fourth month running, with July closing a skinny 1.6 percent ahead of the same month last year. The hot spot is the medium-SUV class, where the annual sales tally is now 16.6 percent ahead of the same time last year. Subaru was the brand to watch, jumping three places on the charts thanks to the new-gen XV. Volkswagen’s run-out of the Golf VII was popular with buyers. Oh, and Honda snared its second customer for the $420,000 NSX hybrid sports car.

LOWLIGHTS Floundering brands that dredged this month’s despair pit included Nissan (down 22 percent), Jeep (510, down 33 percent), and French brands Citroen (23, down 70 percent) and Peugeot (106, down 61 percent).

Admittedly, the PSA pair are in a ‘transitional phase’ as local distribution switches from Sime Darby to Inchcape,, and Renault’s solid 763 sales in July proves there’s still plenty of goodwill for French product. But PSA needs to try much harder, starting with more competitive pricing.

WINNER INCREASE 71% %

HONDA CR-V A well-deserved boost for Honda’s embattled CR-V, courtesy of the vastly improved fifth-gen model. Sales jumped from 469 to 801 in its debut month, with further growth likely as supply improves. i dfifth dlS l j y jump d w improv ped ves.

LOSER DECREASE 75%

ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Following a June high, sharp driveaway pricing has failed to keep sales stimulated for the Italian brand’s ageing A3 rival.

Giulietta fell to just 15 for the month, the lowest since the brand’s 2012 reboot. f th It lian e Italia

TAKING THE LONG ROAD

Chinese brand MG reveals its 2017 year-todate sales

TOP 20

72,711 Passenger & SUV sales – July 2017

1 Toyota Corolla 3208 1 3427 2 Mazda 3 2466 3 1501 3 Toyota Camry 2385 5 2172 4 Mazda CX-5 2305 6 1933 5 Volkswagen Golf 2246 11 2296 6 Hyundai i30 2123 4 2216 7 Toyota RAV4 1736 7 1825 8 Hyundai Tucson 1719 2 1497 9 Hyundai Accent 1642 16 1726 10 Holden Commodore 1633 13 1874 11 Nissan X-Trail 1463 12 991 12 Mazda CX-3 1420 14 1744 13 Mitsubishi ASX 1544 10 1744 14 Nissan Qashqai 1239 20 1061 15 Toyota Prado 1217 15 1248 16 Mitsubishi Outlander 1143 9 855 Kia Cerato 1327 8 1111 Subaru XV 1138 36 605 Holden Astra 1125 19 - Honda Civic 1072 17 1097 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (JUN ’17) (JUL ’16) 17 18 19 20

TOTAL SALES

92,754 July 2017

1 Toyota 17,931 1 17,465 2 Mazda 9528 2 8460 3 Hyundai 7501 3 7603 4 Holden 6467 4 7071 5 Ford 6270 5 6894 6 Mitsubishi 6020 6 5412 7 Kia 4266 9 3555 8 Subaru 4265 11 3356 9 Nissan 4094 7 5304 10 Volkswagen 3803 8 4193 11 Honda 3493 10 3198 12 Mercedes-Benz Cars 2628 12 2771 13 BMW 2152 14 2049 14 Audi 2114 15 2271 15 Isuzu 1882 13 1849 16 Suzuki 1519 16 1417 17 Land Rover 1154 20 1203 18 Renault 763 18 746 19 Lexus 669 19 722 20 Jeep 510 17 765 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (JUN ’17) (JUL ’16) BR

HOLDEN ASTRA

Out went the locally made Cruze, and in its place comes the fully imported Astra. This is the BK Astra’s first appearance in the top 20 list since it launched last year, boosted by warranty and price incentives.

LAND ROVER

An all-new Land Rover Discovery, minus the funky safari roof, we should note, has helped swell the premium off-road brand’s numbers by 341 this month, giving it second place in the premium-SUV segment behind the BMW X5.