Aussies Snap Up A Record Number of Cars
Australians have defied the Federal election jitters to buy more new cars in the first six months of this year than ever before, with the small Hyundai i30 the most popular vehicle.
The i30, which was awarded the Best Car Under $35,000 in the Australia’s Best Cars Awards run by the state-based automobile clubs, has now been the highest selling car in Australia for four consecutive months, and six times in the past 13 months.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive Tony Weber said the outstanding June sales result defied predictions that the Federal election campaign may have a dampening effect on consumer activity.
“The end of the financial year historically is always very busy for the industry but this was an exceptional month,” Mr Weber said.
“This time the final month of the financial year led right into a Federal election and yet despite some suggestions this may stifle consumer sentiment, the market continued its strong momentum.”
“Without any doubt this proves that competition is fierce, this is providing an important stimulative effect on our economy, and the current market environment is at its healthiest in decades by delivering affordable vehicles that are attractive to customers.”
Overall, the best-sellers in June were split between small cars and dual-cab utes, with the economical i30 followed by Toyota’s long-standing favourites the Hilux ute and the Corolla, Corolla’s chief competitor the Mazda3, and the Ford Ranger dual-cab ute.
Toyota maintained its position as the most popular car maker in Australia by far, selling 22,083 cars in June that accounted for 17.2 per cent of the overall market.
It was followed at some distance by fellow Japanese manufacturer Mazda with 9.7 per cent, Korean carmaker Hyundai with 9.6 per cent, US-owned Holden at 8.8 per cent, and Japan’s Mitsubishi with 6.8 per cent.
The record sales figure of 128,569 cars in June boosted Australia’s half-yearly total to 598,140 cars, 3.4 per cent above the same period last year, putting it on track for another record year.
SUVs, with top sellers including the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Holden Captiva, were again the dominant force in the market in June, with sales up 8.9 per cent on the same month last year.
Within the SUV category, the small SUV segment, including cars such as the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3, was the strongest performer, recording a rise of 18.2 per cent over June last year.
Passenger motor vehicle sales fell 4.5 per cent while light commercials – in particular, 4WD utes and cab-chassis – increased 5.9 per cent on June 2015.