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Australia 2006: Commodore limits fall thanks to new gen

Holden Commodore VE

In 2006, car sales dropped by 2% in Australia to 962,666 units, and larger models suffered greatly from the petrol price surge. The Holden Commodore needed the help of its new VE generation to reduce a sharp 30% drop over the first half of the year. Launched in August, the VE delivered 6%+ shares all the way through to December, peaking at 6.8% in October, adding up to 56,531 sales and 5.9%, down 15%.

The Toyota Corolla ranked #1 twice this year, in June and July (both times at 6.1%), and finished the year at #2 with 46,256 sales. The Ford Falcon was hit hard at -20% and -1 spot in 3rd with 42,390 sales. Solid showing for the Toyota Hilux in 4th: with 36,894 sales, it is up 18% and 3 spots, on the podium for the 1st time in April and selling 4,000+ monthly units for the 1st time in June.

Below the Mazda3, stable in 5th, the Toyota Camry drops 17% in 6th but thanks to the new gen launched in July, it is #3 with 4% in October, above the Falcon. The Toyota Yaris is the best new entrant in the Top 10 in 7th with 27,990 sales and 2.9%, a big improvement on the 2005 17th place of the Echo which it replaces.

More commentaries, Full Year Top 50 and every monthly Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.

The Hyundai Getz is the other new model in the 2006 Top 10 in 8th at 20,853 sales (+27% and 6 spots). The Ford Focus jumps 13 spots and 63% at #12 with 17,483 sales (1.8%), it broke into the Top 10 for the very first time in May at #8 with 2.8%, whereas the Honda Civic did so in July in 8th with 2.3%. It is 20th in Full Year at +85%.

The Honda Accord was #6 in January with 2,201 sales (3.1%), although through 2 different models: the Accord (794) and Accord Euro (1,407). It is 13th overall at 1.7%. The new Toyota Aurion, launched to replace the Camry V6, starts with a bang in 9th at 1.9% in November for its very first full month of sales! Promising for 2007…

Launched in late 2005, the Mitsubishi 380 (#24 at 1.3% – peaking at #17 in June) and Holden Viva (#25 at 1.2%) are very discreet, as is the Nissan Tiida, all-new in 2006 and #27 at 1.1%, peaking at #12 and 1.8% in September.

Australia Full Year 2006 Top 50:

Pos Model 2006 % 06/05 2005 % Pos
1 Holden Commodore 56,531 5.9% -15% 66,794 6.8% 1
2 Toyota Corolla 46,256 4.8% 0% 46,415 4.7% 3
3 Ford Falcon 42,390 4.4% -20% 53,080 5.4% 2
4 Toyota Hilux 36,894 3.8% 18% 31,369 3.2% 7
5 Mazda3 32,432 3.4% 0% 32,570 3.3% 6
6 Toyota Camry 30,262 3.1% -17% 36,492 3.7% 4
7 Toyota Yaris 27,990 2.9% 666% 3,652 0.4% 55
8 Hyundai Getz 20,853 2.2% 27% 16,455 1.7% 14
9 Holden Astra 20,588 2.1% -40% 34,218 3.5% 5
10 Holden Rodeo 18,446 1.9% -25% 24,582 2.5% 8
11 Ford Territory 18,364 1.9% -22% 23,454 2.4% 9
12 Ford Focus 17,483 1.8% 63% 10,728 1.1% 25
13 Honda Accord 16,715 1.7% -5% 17,579 1.8% 13
14 Ford Falcon Ute 15,858 1.6% -14% 18,384 1.9% 11
15 Mitsubishi Lancer 15,633 1.6% 15% 13,641 1.4% 18
16 Toyota RAV4 14,834 1.5% 25% 11,881 1.2% 24
17 Nissan Navara 14,671 1.5% 49% 9,857 1.0% 27
18 Holden Commodore Ute 14,072 1.5% -30% 20,202 2.1% 10
19 Holden Barina 13,635 1.4% 41% 9,675 1.0% 28
20 Honda Civic 13,536 1.4% 85% 7,331 0.7% 38
21 Toyota Prado 13,374 1.4% -13% 15,335 1.6% 15
22 Subaru Forester 13,010 1.4% 6% 12,320 1.3% 21
23 Mazda6 12,826 1.3% -13% 14,783 1.5% 16
24 Mitsubishi 380 12,426 1.3% 250% 3,548 0.4% 57
25 Holden Viva 11,487 1.2% 503% 1,906 0.2% 82
26 Nissan X-Trail 11,331 1.2% -6% 12,072 1.2% 22
27 Nissan Tiida 11,014 1.1% new 0 0.0% n/a
28 Toyota Land Cruiser 10,653 1.1% -11% 12,017 1.2% 23
29 Mitsubishi Triton 10,627 1.1% 10% 9,619 1.0% 29
30 Subaru Impreza 10,276 1.1% 3% 9,939 1.0% 26
31 Suzuki Swift 10,131 1.1% 26% 8,052 0.8% 33
32 Honda CR-V 10,069 1.0% 14% 8,844 0.9% 31
33 Volkswagen Golf 9,643 1.0% 4% 9,311 0.9% 30
34 Honda Jazz 9,441 1.0% 19% 7,914 0.8% 34
35 Toyota Hiace Van 8,465 0.9% 40% 6,050 0.6% 46
36 Subaru Liberty 7,797 0.8% 2% 7,681 0.8% 36
37 Hyundai Elantra 7,469 0.8% -44% 13,287 1.3% 19
38 Kia Rio 7,413 0.8% 1% 7,348 0.7% 37
39 BMW 3-Series 7,247 0.8% 6% 6,835 0.7% 40
40 Toyota Land Cruiser PU 7,186 0.7% 11% 6,464 0.7% 43
41 Ford Courier 6,966 0.7% -10% 7,775 0.8% 35
42 Mazda B-Series 6,659 0.7% 9% 6,102 0.6% 45
43 Subaru Outback 6,344 0.7% 4% 6,104 0.6% 44
44 Ford Fiesta 5,968 0.6% 15% 5,203 0.5% 48
45 Mazda2 5,708 0.6% 1% 5,659 0.6% 47
46 Hyundai Accent 5,395 0.6% -18% 6,582 0.7% 41
47 Toyota Kluger 4,973 0.5% -31% 7,160 0.7% 39
48 Kia Carnival 4,781 0.5% 8% 4,434 0.5% 52
49 Peugeot 307 4,558 0.5% 36% 3,351 0.3% 59
50 Hyundai Tucson 4,536 0.5% 21% 3,737 0.4% 54

January 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Jan %
1 Holden Commodore 3,551 5.1%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,212 4.6%
3 Mazda3 2,630 3.8%
4 Ford Falcon 2,621 3.7%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,575 3.7%
6 Honda Accord 2,201 3.1%
7 Toyota Camry 2,142 3.1%
8 Hyundai Getz 1,906 2.7%
9 Holden Astra 1,899 2.7%
10 Toyota Yaris 1,833 2.6%
11 Honda CR-V 1,501 2.1%
12 Holden Barina 1,398 2.0%
13 Holden Rodeo 1,396 2.0%
14 Holden Commodore Ute 1,391 2.0%
15 Ford Focus 1,333 1.9%
16 Toyota Prado 1,175 1.7%
17 Mazda6 1,142 1.6%
18 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,112 1.6%
19 Ford Territory 1,104 1.6%
20 Toyota RAV4 1,051 1.5%

February 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Feb %
1 Holden Commodore 4,787 6.2%
2 Ford Falcon 4,743 6.1%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,395 4.4%
4 Toyota Hilux 2,876 3.7%
5 Toyota Camry 2,607 3.4%
6 Mazda3 2,577 3.3%
7 Holden Astra 1,801 2.3%
8 Toyota Yaris 1,757 2.3%
9 Holden Rodeo 1,602 2.1%
10 Ford Territory 1,564 2.0%
11 Toyota RAV4 1,459 1.9%
12 Holden Commodore Ute 1,431 1.8%
13 Hyundai Getz 1,409 1.8%
14 Holden Barina 1,369 1.8%
15 Ford Falcon Ute 1,328 1.7%
16 Mazda6 1,213 1.6%
17 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,155 1.5%
18 Toyota Prado 1,131 1.5%
19 Holden Viva 1,126 1.5%
20 Honda Accord 1,093 1.4%

March 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model March %
1 Holden Commodore 5,170 5.9%
2 Ford Falcon 4,345 5.0%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,680 4.2%
4 Toyota Hilux 3,356 3.9%
5 Mazda3 2,901 3.3%
6 Toyota Camry 2,790 3.2%
7 Toyota Yaris 2,079 2.4%
8 Ford Territory 1,873 2.1%
9 Holden Rodeo 1,810 2.1%
10 Holden Astra 1,768 2.0%
11 Hyundai Getz 1,716 2.0%
12 Honda Civic 1,659 1.9%
13 Ford Falcon Ute 1,525 1.7%
14 Toyota RAV4 1,507 1.7%
15 Holden Commodore Ute 1,428 1.6%
16 Holden Barina 1,367 1.6%
17 Ford Focus 1,311 1.5%
18 Mitsubishi 380 1,210 1.4%
19 Honda Accord 1,196 1.4%
20 Subaru Forester 1,161 1.3%

April 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model April %
1 Holden Commodore 3,796 5.5%
2 Toyota Corolla 2,898 4.2%
3 Toyota Hilux 2,673 3.9%
4 Ford Falcon 2,563 3.7%
5 Mazda3 2,555 3.7%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,092 3.0%
7 Toyota Camry 1,996 2.9%
8 Hyundai Getz 1,564 2.3%
9 Holden Rodeo 1,526 2.2%
10 Ford Territory 1,525 2.2%
11 Holden Astra 1,377 2.0%
12 Ford Focus 1,288 1.9%
13 Hyundai Elantra 1,149 1.7%
14 Honda Civic 1,140 1.7%
15 Holden Barina 1,070 1.6%
16 Mazda6 1,068 1.6%
17 Holden Commodore Ute 1,058 1.5%
18 Mitsubishi 380 1,038 1.5%
19 Ford Falcon Ute 1,015 1.5%
20 Toyota RAV4 994 1.4%

May 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model May %
1 Holden Commodore 4,362 5.2%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,750 4.5%
3 Ford Falcon 3,388 4.1%
4 Toyota Hilux 3,237 3.9%
5 Mazda3 2,918 3.5%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,495 3.0%
7 Toyota Camry 2,368 2.8%
8 Ford Focus 2,320 2.8%
9 Holden Astra 1,924 2.3%
10 Hyundai Getz 1,849 2.2%
11 Ford Territory 1,809 2.2%
12 Holden Rodeo 1,713 2.1%
13 Nissan Navara 1,537 1.8%
14 Ford Falcon Ute 1,488 1.8%
15 Toyota RAV4 1,410 1.7%
16 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,373 1.6%
17 Holden Commodore Ute 1,317 1.6%
18 Honda Accord 1,274 1.5%
19 Toyota Prado 1,242 1.5%
20 Mitsubishi 380 1,201 1.4%

June 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model June %
1 Toyota Corolla 5,912 6.1%
2 Holden Commodore 5,014 5.2%
3 Ford Falcon 4,358 4.5%
4 Toyota Hilux 4,039 4.2%
5 Toyota Yaris 2,609 2.7%
6 Toyota Camry 2,392 2.5%
7 Ford Territory 2,225 2.3%
8 Mazda3 2,121 2.2%
9 Holden Rodeo 2,025 2.1%
10 Holden Astra 1,996 2.1%
11 Hyundai Getz 1,964 2.0%
12 Ford Falcon Ute 1,793 1.9%
13 Nissan Navara 1,782 1.8%
14 Honda Civic 1,717 1.8%
15 Honda Accord 1,669 1.7%
16 Toyota RAV4 1,578 1.6%
17 Mitsubishi 380 1,569 1.6%
18 Mitsubishi Triton 1,565 1.6%
19 Toyota Prado 1,510 1.6%
20 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,498 1.6%

July 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model July %
1 Toyota Corolla 4,711 6.1%
2 Holden Commodore 4,022 5.2%
3 Ford Falcon 3,951 5.1%
4 Toyota Hilux 3,126 4.0%
5 Toyota Yaris 2,526 3.3%
6 Mazda3 2,305 3.0%
7 Holden Astra 1,873 2.4%
8 Honda Civic 1,806 2.3%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,717 2.2%
10 Honda Accord 1,669 2.2%
11 Holden Rodeo 1,370 1.8%
12 Ford Territory 1,319 1.7%
13 Ford Falcon Ute 1,308 1.7%
14 Ford Focus 1,300 1.7%
15 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,299 1.7%
16 Mazda6 1,248 1.6%
17 Holden Commodore Ute 1,240 1.6%
18 Holden Barina 1,196 1.5%
19 Toyota RAV4 1,195 1.5%
20 Nissan Tiida 1,090 1.4%

August 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Aug %
1 Holden Commodore 4,986 6.1%
2 Toyota Corolla 4,147 5.1%
3 Ford Falcon 3,703 4.5%
4 Toyota Camry 3,219 3.9%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,975 3.6%
6 Mazda3 2,771 3.4%
7 Toyota Yaris 2,673 3.3%
8 Hyundai Getz 1,738 2.1%
9 Ford Focus 1,684 2.1%
10 Ford Territory 1,612 2.0%
11 Holden Astra 1,542 1.9%
12 Ford Falcon Ute 1,382 1.7%
13 Nissan Navara 1,373 1.7%
14 Holden Rodeo 1,362 1.7%
15 Honda Accord 1,286 1.6%
16 Toyota RAV4 1,211 1.5%
17 Honda Civic 1,180 1.4%
18 Holden Commodore Ute 1,180 1.4%
19 Holden Barina 1,091 1.3%
20 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,069 1.3%

September 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Sept %
1 Holden Commodore 5,262 6.6%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,852 4.8%
3 Ford Falcon 3,563 4.5%
4 Mazda3 3,327 4.2%
5 Toyota Camry 3,092 3.9%
6 Toyota Hilux 2,922 3.7%
7 Toyota Yaris 2,043 2.6%
8 Hyundai Getz 2,028 2.5%
9 Holden Astra 1,552 1.9%
10 Ford Territory 1,418 1.8%
11 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,417 1.8%
12 Nissan Tiida 1,406 1.8%
13 Holden Rodeo 1,371 1.7%
14 Honda Civic 1,356 1.7%
15 Nissan Navara 1,317 1.6%
16 Ford Focus 1,308 1.6%
17 Ford Falcon Ute 1,259 1.6%
18 Honda Accord 1,238 1.5%
19 Holden Viva 1,221 1.5%
20 Toyota RAV4 1,207 1.5%

October 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Oct %
1 Holden Commodore 5,455 6.8%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,722 4.7%
3 Toyota Camry 3,205 4.0%
4 Ford Falcon 2,945 3.7%
5 Toyota Yaris 2,858 3.6%
6 Toyota Hilux 2,802 3.5%
7 Mazda3 2,585 3.2%
8 Holden Astra 1,620 2.0%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,594 2.0%
10 Ford Focus 1,584 2.0%
11 Holden Rodeo 1,496 1.9%
12 Ford Falcon Ute 1,352 1.7%
13 Ford Territory 1,349 1.7%
14 Nissan Navara 1,327 1.7%
15 Honda Accord 1,293 1.6%
16 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,242 1.6%
17 Toyota RAV4 1,224 1.5%
18 Nissan Tiida 1,097 1.4%
19 Holden Barina 1,074 1.3%
20 Holden Viva 1,070 1.3%

November 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Nov %
1 Holden Commodore 5,238 6.3%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,899 4.7%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,510 4.2%
4 Ford Falcon 3,447 4.1%
5 Mazda3 2,922 3.5%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,812 3.4%
7 Toyota Camry 2,603 3.1%
8 Holden Astra 1,669 2.0%
9 Toyota Aurion 1,543 1.9%
10 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,502 1.8%
11 Hyundai Getz 1,498 1.8%
12 Holden Rodeo 1,492 1.8%
13 Ford Focus 1,430 1.7%
14 Ford Falcon Ute 1,391 1.7%
15 Subaru Forester 1,362 1.6%
16 Honda Accord 1,356 1.6%
17 Ford Territory 1,339 1.6%
18 Nissan Navara 1,249 1.5%
19 Toyota Prado 1,168 1.4%
20 Holden Barina 1,081 1.3%

December 2006 Top 20:

Pos Model Dec %
1 Holden Commodore 4,888 6.3%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,078 4.0%
3 Toyota Camry 2,844 3.7%
4 Mazda3 2,820 3.7%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,803 3.6%
6 Ford Falcon 2,763 3.6%
7 Toyota Yaris 2,213 2.9%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,053 2.7%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,870 2.4%
10 Honda Accord 1,658 2.2%
11 Holden Astra 1,567 2.0%
12 Ford Focus 1,516 2.0%
13 Toyota Aurion 1,494 1.9%
14 Nissan Navara 1,466 1.9%
15 Toyota Prado 1,315 1.7%
16 Holden Rodeo 1,283 1.7%
17 Subaru Forester 1,247 1.6%
18 Ford Territory 1,227 1.6%
19 Nissan Tiida 1,104 1.4%
20 Ford Falcon Ute 1,024 1.3%

Source: VFACTS

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