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We’re past the million mark

NOV 2016

We’re past the million mark

HIGHLIGHTS Citycar buyers came out in force in November, pushing sales in the segment 89.6% higher. The big small-car winner was the Mitsubishi Mirage, though with only 434 sales. Sports cars again had a good month, up 9.1% on the back of the Ford Mustang’s 389 sales, the equivalent of one in every three ‘budget’ two-doors sold. Kia, meanwhile, rose 18.7% compared with the same month last year. In contrast, sister brand Hyundai fell 5%.

LOWLIGHTS It’s not private buyers putting the heat in the market; business, government, rental and commercial sales are up while private sales are either flat or down. The figures tell all; a pair of trade utes, the Toyota Hilux (3839) and Ford Ranger (3410), outsold the best-selling passenger car, the Toyota Corolla. Year to date, the Hilux (38,018) is even ahead of Corolla (37,403). Lexus dropped the ball and was outsold by Isuzu Trucks, while Porsche for once lifted its foot off the accelerator, falling 22%.

FERRARI GT4 LUSSO T

WINNER INCREASE 228%

The newest member of the Ferrari family helped the Italian supercar maker more than double sales to 23 units in November. Mainstream brand Chrysler was only 11 sales ahead.

TOYOTA 86

LOSER DECREASE 34.9%

Mustang has taken the year-to-date lead in the cheap sports car race. So has our four-year love affair with Toyota’s still fresh-looking four-seat coupe lost some of its magic?

TINY TOTS

TOP 20

77,388 Passenger & SUV sales – November 2016

1 Toyota Corolla 3245 1 3430 2 Toyota Camry 2957 4 3025 3 Mazda 3 2877 3 3104 4 Hyundai i30 2541 2 2499 5 Holden Commodore 2088 5 2614 6 Hyundai Accent 1995 6 1371 7 Mazda CX-5 1956 10 2169 8 Nissan X-Trail 1938 8 2225 9 Hyundai Tucson 1934 7 1883 10 Toyota RAV4 1593 11 1338 11 Mitsubishi ASX 1530 9 1123 12 Mazda CX-3 1403 18 1397 13 Volkswagen Golf 1338 12 1640 14 Subaru Outback 1304 16 962 15 Mitsubishi Outlander 1205 15 814 16 Toyota Prado 1168 19 1257 17 Subaru Forester 1159 13 1137 18 Holden Cruze 1066 17 1086 19 Kia Cerato 1059 14 896 20 Volkswagen Tiguan 1028 28 419 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (OCT ’16) (NOV ’15)

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN

Official sales data groups cars according to size, and because the new-gen Tiguan has a real boot instead of a shoebox, it’s now classed as a mid-size SUV. It’s already taking the fight to the segmentcrushing Mazda CX-5 and the fleet-favourite Toyota RAV4.

TOTAL SALES

98,937 November 2016

1 Toyota 18,162 1 18,402 2 Mazda 9825 3 9807 3 Hyundai 7991 2 8416 4 Holden 7750 4 8889 5 Ford 6827 5 6332 6 Nissan 6341 6 7229 7 Mitsubishi 5875 7 5169 8 Volkswagen 4862 8 4441 9 Subaru 4141 9 3884 10 Mercedes-Benz 3584 11 3034 11 Kia 3573 10 3011 12 Honda 3502 12 3067 13 BMW 2114 15 2066 14 Audi 2030 13 2018 14 Isuzu Ute 2022 15 1831 16 Suzuki 1555 16 1415 17 Renault 1086 17 1087 18 Jeep 1036 18 1540 19 Land Rover 860 20 1111 20 Lexus 620 19 712 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (OCT ’16) (NOV ’15)

BMW

A month after it was soundly beaten by Audi, BMW has bounced back to familiar territory in the Top 20.

Strong X1, X3 and X4 sales helped plump the numbers, measured against stagnating sales of Audi’s SUV stalwarts, the Q3 and soon-to-bereplaced Q5.