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Spring has sprung, for some

SEP 2017

Spring has sprung, for some

HIGHLIGHTS Passenger cars showed a surprising resurgence in September, rising almost seven percent compared with August. In contrast, SUVs could only manage a 2.3 percent rise. It was the month for M brands: Mazda, Mercedes-Benz (with 910 C-Class sales) and Mitsubishi all performed strongly. Hyundaiís Kona made its debut, snaring 71 sales in its first partmonth in showrooms. And Peugeotís box-fresh 3008 SUV found 209 buyers, the modelís best month yet since the badge launched here in 2010.

LOWLIGHTS Overall sales slumped 2.6 percent in September to end the marketís YTD result marginally ahead of last yearís record-setting pace.

Toyota shrunk markedly, its share falling 1.9 percent to just 17.2 as sales of its entire line-up weakened, and Holden once again let Mitsubishi slip ahead.

Trade utes continued to outsell passenger cars; the Ford Ranger (4318) and Toyota Hilux (3822) topped Septemberís charts. And VW pushed 263 first-gen Tiguans out the door more than a year after the new one arrived.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF ALLTRACK

WINNER INCREASE 45% It appears thereís still some love out there for jacked-up wagons. Volkswagen managed to sell 126 Golf Alltracks in September Ė 20 percent of the all-wheeldrive wagonís total annual sales.

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TOYOTA FORTUNER

LOSER DECREASE 36% Ripping up to $5K out of the price of the Fortuner in October should help restore some of the Hilux-with-a-wagon-on-topís flagging fortunes against rivals. Just 190 were sold in September.

OZ-PRODUCTION SWANSONG

Last Falcon ute sold, last full month of Commodore production

TOP 20 77,150

1 Toyota Corolla 3055 1 3423 2 Mazda 3 2776 3 3491 3 Holden Commodore 2547 6 2366 4 Hyundai i30 2300 4 2741 5 Toyota Camry 2251 5 2008 6 Hyundai Tucson 2220 2 2209 7 Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 12 1119 8 Mazda CX-5 1910 7 2662 9 Hyundai Accent 1763 8 2189 10 Mazda CX-3 1762 17 1878 11 Volkswagen Golf 1592 13 1282 12 Mitsubishi ASX 1526 10 1776 13 Honda Civic 1497 21 996 14 Toyota RAV4 1452 11 1617 15 Nissan X-Trail 1333 24 1549 16 Mazda 2 1312 28 1445 Honda CR-V 1191 19 738 Subaru XV 1173 18 585 Kia Sportage 1126 22 961 20 Toyota Kluger 1113 23 940 Passenger & SUV sales Ė September 2017 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (AUG í17) (SEP í16) 17 18 19 2

HOLDEN COMMODORE

In its final month before local production gets stockpiled, Commodore hit the top three in September Ė itís the best result since June 2016 and the launch of the limited-run Black Edition.

TOTAL SALES 100,200

1 Toyota 17,377 1 16,716 2 Mazda 10,328 2 12,009 3 Hyundai 8130 3 9319 4 Mitsubishi 7065 5 6701 5 Holden 6882 4 8564 6 Ford 6845 6 7280 7 Volkswagen 4901 7 4380 8 Kia 4662 9 3687 9 Subaru 4641 8 4050 10 Honda 4393 11 3783 11 Nissan 4002 10 5177 12 Mercedes-Benz 3992 12 3158 13 Isuzu Ute 2182 13 1992 14 BMW 1906 14 2423 15 Audi 1790 16 2074 16 Suzuki 1575 15 1660 17 Land Rover 1097 17 1038 18 Renault 903 18 1042 19 Lexus 637 19 700 20 Jeep 629 20 932 September 2017 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (AUG í17) (SEP í16) B

AUDI

Ingolstadt may have fallen behind Suzuki in August, but a small-car and SUV-led recovery helped right the ledger for the number three German brand in September