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OCT 2017 HIGHLIGHTS Australia’s new-car market rose into record territory in October, besting the previous monthly record set in 2012, and pushing the 984K yearto- date sales 0.5 percent ahead of last year’s record pace. Nissan shot back into the top 10 marques after September’s hiccup. A surprise was the Volvo S60: the premium mid-sizer found 77 buyers in October, its best result since Scott McLaughlin gave it some jandal at Sydney Motorsport Park in August 2015 to take pole position in one. And at 470 sales, the Holden Ute had its best month since June 2016’s 608 units, even as Commodore production ended.

LOWLIGHTS Rental sales were down sharply for the month, hurting in particular the Toyota Corolla, which ended October flat. SUV sales faltered, with fewer than 500 sales separating them from being overtaken by passenger cars. Wade deeper through the numbers, and if it wasn’t for light commercial sales holding steady compared with August, we wouldn’t be looking at a record.

HYUNDAI i30

WINNER INCREASE 73% Hyundai’s third-generation i30 shot to the top of the chart in October as dealers cleared showrooms of demo stock. It even outsold the Ford Ranger (3074 sales) and the Toyota Hilux (3812).

MAZDA 2

LOSER DECREASE 43% Despite April’s significant makeover – the has had since 2014 – the Mazda’s mediocre 749 sales have struggling ng in a shrinking segment the Hyundai Accent. first the range smallest Mazd left it strugglin dominated by

TOP 20

1 Hyundai i30 3983 4 2718 2 Toyota Corolla 3088 1 3210 3 Holden Commodore 2418 3 2101 4 Mazda CX-5 2173 8 1612 5 Toyota Camry 2057 5 2135 6 Mazda 3 1962 2 2191 7 Volkswagen Golf 1808 11 1417 8 Nissan X-Trail 1762 16 1655 9 Toyota RAV4 1700 15 1502 10 Mitsubishi ASX 1542 13 1650 11 Hyundai Tucson 1420 6 1845 12 Kia Cerato 1306 12 1250 13 Honda Civic 1238 14 811 14 Hyundai Accent 1203 9 2009 15 Subaru XV 1182 19 819 16 Honda CR-V 1138 18 564 17 Toyota Kluger 1120 21 833 18 Mazda CX-3 1106 10 1176 19 Holden Astra 1031 26 31 20 Kia Sportage 1008 20 920 73,267 Passenger & SUV sales – October 2017 PASSENGER CARS SALES RANK SALES (SEP ’17) (OCT ’16)

TOTAL SALES

1 Toyota 17,836 1 16,438 2 Hyundai 8800 3 8704 3 Mazda 8054 2 7921 4 Holden 7726 5 7521 5 Ford 5785 6 6508 6 Mitsubishi 5550 4 5227 7 Volkswagen 4941 7 4869 8 Subaru 4667 9 4140 9 Nissan 4565 11 5543 10 Kia 4255 8 3543 11 Honda 3870 10 3404 12 Mercedes-Benz 2519 12 3061 13 Isuzu Ute 2124 13 1806 14 Audi 2003 15 1826 15 BMW 1783 14 1802 16 Suzuki 1559 16 1486 17 Land Rover 1149 17 920 18 Renault 926 18 1139 19 Lexus 870 19 923 20 Jeep 621 20 926 95,763 October 2017 BRANDS SALES RANK SALES (SEP ’17) (OCT ’16)

NISSAN X-TRAIL

One thing Nissan’s mid-size SUV range lacked until recently is a diesel variant.

The X-Trail’s new 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel (which displaces the old model’s 1.6-litre oiler) has helped kick sales along.

MERCEDESBENZ

Don’t let its lack of movement on the Top 20 chart fool you; Benz slammed on the brakes in October, posting its lowest sales tally since August 2014.

The Mercedes- AMG GT was the only model that increased sales.