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Most popular small cars in 2017

SUV sales are going through the roof, but it’s the small-car segment that remains the biggest by market-share, sitting at 18.7 per cent for the first half of 2017. This equates to 112,312 sales, down about 5 per cent over 2016...

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VFACTS 2017, January to June: New vehicle sales on record pace
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VFACTS 2017, January to June: New vehicle sales on record pace

Australia’s new vehicle market is now on track to grow over last year’s all-time annual record tally of 1,178,133 units. The blistering June 2017 result of 134,171 units (up 4.4 per cent) propelled cumulative half-year (H1) sales to 599,552, a number that is 1412 units (or 0.2 per cent) higher than the market stood at the same time last year...


June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble
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June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble

New vehicle sales hit a monthly record high of 134,171 units in June, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the previous high - achieved during the same month in 2016, which had the same number of selling-days. The sales bonanza takes year-to-date (YTD) sales to 599,552 units, overtaking 2016's high-water mark...


Five sales winners and losers in 2017
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Five sales winners and losers in 2017

Australia's new vehicle market is steadying after a rough start in 2017, but which companies are winning in a tough environment, and which are losing sales at a disproportionate rate? Here are five of each, based on either percentage or gross terms at our discretion. Background...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Ford Mustang smashes sales record as Aussie supply improves - UPDATE
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Ford Mustang smashes sales record as Aussie supply improves - UPDATE

Age is not tiring the Ford Mustang, which recorded its best monthly sales result in May by managing a barely believable 1351 units - despite no longer being the new kid on the block. This monthly tally breaks the previous record of 786 units in September 2016. The 1351 figure gives the Mustang market share of 61.6 per cent...


May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia bounced back last month, growing 6.4 per cent to a new May record of 102,901 units. The strong return to form in May improved the year-to-date (YTD) differential this year too. Sales for the year are now only 0.9 per cent down on 2016 - which was a record year...


Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang
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Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang

The old Ford versus Holden rivalry isn't what it was while local manufacturing was steaming along, but the battle still matters to many. Therefore it's interesting to note that Ford convincingly outsold Holden in Australia last month - for just the second time since 1999. Ford Australia sold 7617 vehicles here last month, up 15.7 per cent...


Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales
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Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales

Numerical sales of diesel-powered passenger cars in Australia have about halved over the past decade - though not from anything resembling a high base. By passenger cars we refer to hatches, sedans, coupes, convertibles and people-movers - vehicles that are largely declining across the board as SUVs eat their market, regardless of engine type...


Australians keep shunning little cars
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Australians keep shunning little cars

Sales of light vehicles continue to plummet as buyers increasingly turn elsewhere, either to larger passenger cars, small crossover SUVs or late-model used offerings. Sales figures compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that sales of light cars are down 20.8 per cent this year, compared to the overall market decline of 2...


Australia's top SUV brands
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Australia's top SUV brands

It's hardly a secret at this point that SUVs are the driving force behind the Australian new vehicle market - even though the top two vehicles are actually utes. In 2017, these (often nominally) higher-riding options have in fact eclipsed sales of regular passenger vehicles - by which we mean sedans, hatches, wagons, people-movers and sports cars...


Old nameplates returning to form
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Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...


April 2017 new vehicle sales, HiLux and Ranger still on top
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April 2017 new vehicle sales, HiLux and Ranger still on top

April's Australia-wide new car sales figures show a deflating 5 per cent fall to 83,135 units over the same month in 2016, continuing the downward trend over 2016's record. According to VFACTS numbers released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) today, passenger vehicles fell 12 per cent and SUVs fell just over 1 per cent - though medium SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 grew by double digits...


Five niche cars with growing sales
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Five niche cars with growing sales

Everyone loves a left-of-centre battler, but when it comes to cars, few buy them. At least in a market like Australia, which is hugely competitive but dominated by a small number of big fish like Toyota, Mazda, Holden and Hyundai. But a scan through VFACTS sales figures also shows that, every year, there are a few lesser-known cars that for a variety of reasons enter another gear, sales-wise...


Six biggest improvers in 2017
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Six biggest improvers in 2017

New vehicle sales are tracking a few per cent below last year’s record after one quarter of 2017, but there are many success stories to be found. Here we look at the six vehicles that grew the most in volume relative to Q1, 2016. The caveat is that we won’t count new nameplates — the model (in current or previous generation) must have been available over both periods...


Small car sales: Corolla, Mazda 3, Golf, Civic and more
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Small car sales: Corolla, Mazda 3, Golf, Civic and more

While SUVs are now outselling passenger cars, and light commercials are occupying much of the top 10, the small car segment remains the market's most popular. VFACTS data shows that 53,410 small sedans, hatches and wagons were sold over the first quarter of 2017, giving this segment a market share of 19.1 per cent. Next in line are medium SUVs on 16...


Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling
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Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling

Australia’s luxury vehicle market is showing signs of slowing down in 2017 after a few years of disproportionate sales growth and increased market penetration. Key luxury brands such as Audi and BMW are both down by double digits this year — in an overall market down 2 per cent — after years of setting records, while growth for Mercedes-Benz has slowed to a comparative trickle...


Top 25 makes and models this year so far
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Top 25 makes and models this year so far

New vehicle sales in March may have hit an all-time high, but the market as a whole was actually a little down over the first quarter of 2017. Sales from January 1 to March 31 sit at 279,345 units. according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS data provided by manufacturers, which is 2...


March sales: Three utes in overall top five
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March sales: Three utes in overall top five

Three of the top-five selling vehicles in Australia, over the course of a record-setting March, were utes. Furthermore, light commercial vehicles attained a mammoth 21 per cent share of the total market, compared to SUVs (39.4) and passenger cars (37)...


March 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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March 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

New vehicle sales in Australia grew a marginal 0.9 per cent in March — not enough to take 2017’s cumulative total ahead of last year’s record, but enough to set a new all-time monthly high-water mark. VFACTS data released this morning shows that 105,410 new vehicles were sold last month, taking the yearly total to 279,345 (down 2.1 per cent)...