According to official VFACTS data released today, the Toyota Hilux and its competitors in the one-tonne segment have driven the Australian new-vehicle market to a record August sales tally – the fourth such month in a row.
In total, the HiLux moved 4287 units last month – up 33.0 per cent on August 2016 – to again become the top-selling model Down Under, pipping the Ford Ranger (3588) and placing the Japanese ute on track for two successive years at number one.
Overall, the August market managed a record 96,662 sales, an increase of 1.8 per cent over last year's 94,909 total.
Toyota maintained its stranglehold on the sales charts.
Growth was mainly spurred on by small SUVs and light-commercial vehicles (LCVs), with the former up 22.8 per cent and the latter rising by 16.7 per cent, to an August record 19,542 units.
Meanwhile, total SUV sales jumped by 4.7 per cent, to 38,118 vehicles, while passenger cars continued to lose steam, dropping by 8.2 per cent to 35,733 units.
Toyota maintained its stranglehold on the sales charts, with 18,511 vehicles finding homes, delivering a 5.1 per cent uptick year-on-year.
Mazda claimed second place once more, but its sales dipped last month, decreasing 8.1 per cent to 8511 units.
Nevertheless, it was enough to keep third-placed Hyundai at bay, despite the South Korean carmaker's sales lifting by 19.3 per cent to 7800 vehicles.
The Tucson was Hyundai's leading model, amassing 2206 sales in August – up 33.4 per cent – to top the SUV segments ahead of the Mazda CX-5 (2048).
Holden managed another monthly year-on-year slump, but still took fourth place with 6984 sales (-8.9 per cent) ahead of Mitsubishi’s 6649 tally (+8.4 per cent).
Subaru was among the biggest top-10 improvers in August, besting its previous record for the month by 36.2 per cent.
Year to date, Holden is behind last year's pace by 11.4 per cent, with the Colorado its only model experiencing positive sales growth.
Ford claimed sixth spot, with 6645 vehicles sold – down 3.0 per cent. Its sales were propelled by the aforementioned Ranger – up 21.0 per cent this year – as well as Australia's leading sportscar, the Mustang (748).
Subaru was among the biggest top-10 improvers in August, besting its previous record for the month by 36.2 per cent, with 4579 units moved. This result was due to the brand's strong-performing new vehicles, the Impreza small car and XV compact SUV.
Elsewhere, Volkswagen sales swelled by 21.5 per cent, to 4730 vehicles and seventh place overall.
Ninth-placed Kia also set a new August company benchmark, with 4507 units finding homes, representing a 21.5 per cent jump.
Conversely, Nissan sales dropped by 27.1 per cent – the biggest hit in the top 10 – to 4095 vehicles.
The Australian new-vehicle market is tracking just 0.6 per cent ahead of last year's pace.
Toyota's Corolla again reigned supreme in the small-car class, with its 2948 sales out-gunning the Mazda3 (2163) and Hyundai’s i30 (2143).
The Australian new-vehicle market is tracking just 0.6 per cent ahead of last year's pace, despite multiple monthly sales records this year.
According to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive Tony Weber, another record annual sales total should be achievable, providing economic conditions remain favourable.
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