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Australia 2008: Commodore saved by Sportwagon version

Holden Commodore Sportwagon

**For the 2008 Top 40 and every monthly Top 20 click on ‘Read more’ at the end of the article**

The Australian car market is down 4% in 2008 at 1,012,194 registrations, still only the second time in history it is above 1 million.

The best selling model race had two very distinct stages this year. The Toyota Corolla dominated the first half (#1 in January and June) and was #1 year-to-date until July, whereas the Holden Commodore dropped to its lowest share ever (3.9% in January, 4% in April and June).

In July, the launch of the Commodore Sportwagon (station wagon) changed everything. The model reclaimed the #1 spot, peaking at 7.1% in December – its best share since May 2005 – and finished the year at 51,094 sales (5%), including 8,200 Sportwagons. The Corolla is #2 at 47,901 sales (4.7%).

Toyota Corolla in Broken Hill Australia, April 2008.

2008 was also the year the Toyota Hilux topped the monthly rankings for the first time. It did so in April and October, when it reached 4.9%, its best share ever. It was the first time a utility vehicle was #1 in Australia.

More commentaries, Full Year 2008 Top 40 and every month’s Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Toyota Hilux in Kalgoorlie, Australia June 2005.

Behind the Mazda3 in 4th (stable at 3.3%), the Ford Falcon drops slightly faster than the market at -6% and 31,936 sales (3.2%), in spite of the arrival of the new generation in May. The Mitsubishi Lancer reintegrated the Top 10 in 8th with sales up 11% and 1.9% share thanks to the new generation.

This year 4 models broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time, 2 of which in January, traditionally a month full of surprises as most of the country is on Summer holidays: The Honda CR-V (#8 at 1.9%) and Mazda2 (#9 at 1.8% – it later beat that record in September at #8 and 1.9%) were in shape during the first month of the year.

That same month the Ford Focus was at its best ever in 6th and 2.2%. The Subaru Forester was 10th for the very first time at 2% in August and finished the year at #19 at 1.5%.

Lastly, the Holden Rodeo, a rebadged Isuzu D-Max and one of Australia’s most successful ‘utes’ (Australian for pick-up truck), disappeared this year, the Isuzu-Holden contract coming to an end. It was replaced by another Thailand-built GM ute: the Holden (Chevrolet) Colorado, which didn’t lose time getting its mark on the Australian market and broke into the Top 10 in October, as early as its 3rd month of sales.

Australia Full Year 2008 Top 40:

Pos Model 2008 % 08/07 2007 % Pos
1 Holden Commodore 51,094 5.0% -11% 57,307 5.5% 1
2 Toyota Corolla 47,901 4.7% 0% 47,792 4.6% 2
3 Toyota Hilux 42,956 4.2% 2% 42,009 4.0% 3
4 Mazda3 33,855 3.3% -2% 34,394 3.3% 4
5 Ford Falcon 31,936 3.2% -6% 33,941 3.2% 5
6 Toyota Yaris 26,097 2.6% -12% 29,663 2.8% 6
7 Toyota Camry 23,047 2.3% -13% 26,342 2.5% 7
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 19,688 1.9% 11% 17,744 1.7% 13
9 Toyota Aurion 19,562 1.9% -11% 22,036 2.1% 8
10 Nissan Navara 18,487 1.8% -3% 19,076 1.8% 11
11 Hyundai Getz 17,256 1.7% -18% 21,166 2.0% 9
12 Honda Civic 16,750 1.7% -5% 17,643 1.7% 14
13 Mitsubishi Triton 16,582 1.6% 15% 14,442 1.4% 19
14 Mazda2 15,797 1.6% 71% 9,256 0.9% 38
15 Ford Focus 15,623 1.5% -9% 17,163 1.6% 16
16 Ford Ranger 15,406 1.5% 34% 11,516 1.1% 31
17 Holden Astra 14,926 1.5% -23% 19,364 1.8% 10
18 Toyota Prado 14,725 1.5% 6% 13,838 1.3% 20
19 Subaru Forester 14,423 1.4% 15% 12,554 1.2% 26
20 Toyota RAV4 14,122 1.4% -3% 14,507 1.4% 18
21 Holden Commodore Ute 13,448 1.3% 17% 11,518 1.1% 30
22 Toyota Kluger 13,424 1.3% 70% 7,886 0.8% 41
23 Suzuki Swift 12,947 1.3% -3% 13,283 1.3% 23
24 Ford Territory 12,882 1.3% -25% 17,290 1.6% 15
25 Ford Falcon Ute 12,656 1.3% -8% 13,758 1.3% 21
26 Volkswagen Golf 11,632 1.1% 5% 11,029 1.1% 32
27 Subaru Impreza 11,607 1.1% 7% 10,853 1.0% 34
28 Holden Barina 10,815 1.1% -14% 12,593 1.2% 25
29 Kia Rio 10,284 1.0% 10% 9,315 0.9% 37
30 Toyota Land Cruiser 10,231 1.0% 24% 8,235 0.8% 40
31 Mazda6 10,207 1.0% -18% 12,397 1.2% 28
32 Hyundai i30 10,201 1.0% 409% 2,005 0.2% 81
33 Mazda BT-50 10,156 1.0% 2% 9,953 0.9% 36
34 Holden Captiva 10,097 1.0% -3% 10,436 1.0% 35
35 Holden Rodeo 10,064 1.0% -45% 18,406 1.8% 12
36 Nissan Tiida 10,059 1.0% -27% 13,756 1.3% 22
37 Honda CR-V 9,812 1.0% -22% 12,642 1.2% 24
38 Nissan X-Trail 9,794 1.0% -21% 12,444 1.2% 27
39 Honda Jazz 9,563 0.9% -18% 11,663 1.1% 29
40 Toyota Hiace Van 9,493 0.9% 24% 7,672 0.7% 43

January 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Jan pdm
1 Toyota Corolla 3,843 4.7%
2 Holden Commodore 3,210 3.9%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,020 3.7%
4 Mazda3 3,015 3.7%
5 Toyota Yaris 2,433 3.0%
6 Ford Focus 1,823 2.2%
7 Honda Civic 1,777 2.2%
8 Honda CR-V 1,575 1.9%
9 Mazda2 1,442 1.8%
10 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,410 1.7%
11 Honda Jazz 1,395 1.7%
12 Subaru Forester 1,395 1.7%
13 Holden Astra 1,380 1.7%
14 Toyota Camry 1,365 1.7%
15 Ford Ranger 1,312 1.6%
16 Nissan Navara 1,311 1.6%
17 Toyota Aurion 1,266 1.5%
18 Ford Falcon 1,252 1.5%
19 Mitsubishi Triton 1,218 1.5%
20 Subaru Impreza 1,213 1.5%

February 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Feb pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,313 4.8%
2 Toyota Corolla 4,191 4.7%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,325 3.7%
4 Mazda3 2,825 3.1%
5 Ford Falcon 2,520 2.8%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,280 2.5%
7 Toyota Aurion 1,855 2.1%
8 Toyota Camry 1,723 1.9%
9 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,682 1.9%
10 Honda Civic 1,665 1.9%
11 Hyundai Getz 1,605 1.8%
12 Ford Ranger 1,488 1.7%
13 Volkswagen Golf 1,462 1.6%
14 Holden Commodore Ute 1,453 1.6%
15 Toyota RAV4 1,409 1.6%
16 Toyota Kluger 1,404 1.6%
17 Holden Astra 1,366 1.5%
18 Mitsubishi Triton 1,318 1.5%
19 Ford Focus 1,310 1.5%
20 Ford Territory 1,299 1.4%

March 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Mar pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,988 4.4%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,968 4.3%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,529 3.9%
4 Mazda3 3,039 3.3%
5 Toyota Camry 2,332 2.6%
6 Ford Falcon 2,322 2.5%
7 Toyota Aurion 2,235 2.4%
8 Toyota Yaris 2,171 2.4%
9 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,902 2.1%
10 Nissan Navara 1,660 1.8%
11 Honda Civic 1,558 1.7%
12 Toyota Kluger 1,446 1.6%
13 Ford Ranger 1,431 1.6%
14 Holden Rodeo 1,423 1.6%
15 Mitsubishi Triton 1,422 1.6%
16 Hyundai Getz 1,406 1.5%
17 Toyota RAV4 1,349 1.5%
18 Holden Commodore Ute 1,345 1.5%
19 Mazda2 1,327 1.5%
20 Ford Territory 1,310 1.4%

April 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Apr pdm
1 Toyota Hilux 3,814 4.5%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,722 4.4%
3 Holden Commodore 3,324 4.0%
4 Mazda3 2,811 3.3%
5 Toyota Camry 2,137 2.5%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,063 2.5%
7 Ford Falcon 1,884 2.2%
8 Toyota Aurion 1,861 2.2%
9 Nissan Navara 1,684 2.0%
10 Honda Civic 1,619 1.9%
11 Ford Ranger 1,520 1.8%
12 Holden Rodeo 1,515 1.8%
13 Ford Focus 1,465 1.7%
14 Hyundai Getz 1,448 1.7%
15 Mitsubishi Triton 1,421 1.7%
16 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,317 1.6%
17 Holden Commodore Ute 1,269 1.5%
18 Toyota Kluger 1,268 1.5%
19 Toyota RAV4 1,191 1.4%
20 Toyota Prado 1,157 1.4%

May 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model May pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,215 4.8%
2 Toyota Hilux 3,914 4.4%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,668 4.1%
4 Ford Falcon 3,320 3.7%
5 Mazda3 2,582 2.9%
6 Toyota Yaris 1,987 2.2%
7 Toyota Camry 1,933 2.2%
8 Nissan Navara 1,786 2.0%
9 Honda Civic 1,634 1.8%
10 Toyota Aurion 1,618 1.8%
11 Hyundai Getz 1,568 1.8%
12 Holden Rodeo 1,531 1.7%
13 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,520 1.7%
14 Holden Astra 1,487 1.7%
15 Toyota Prado 1,435 1.6%
16 Subaru Forester 1,423 1.6%
17 Mitsubishi Triton 1,311 1.5%
18 Ford Ranger 1,311 1.5%
19 Ford Focus 1,302 1.5%
20 Suzuki Swift 1,254 1.4%

June 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model June pdm
1 Toyota Corolla 5,023 4.7%
2 Toyota Hilux 4,530 4.3%
3 Holden Commodore 4,274 4.0%
4 Ford Falcon 3,483 3.3%
5 Mazda3 3,286 3.1%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,770 2.6%
7 Mitsubishi Triton 2,683 2.5%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,667 2.5%
9 Honda Civic 2,644 2.5%
10 Toyota Aurion 2,552 2.4%
11 Toyota Camry 2,261 2.1%
12 Nissan Navara 1,920 1.8%
13 Holden Rodeo 1,808 1.7%
14 Hyundai Getz 1,797 1.7%
15 Toyota Prado 1,749 1.6%
16 Subaru Forester 1,668 1.6%
17 Mazda2 1,540 1.4%
18 Holden Astra 1,469 1.4%
19 Toyota RAV4 1,435 1.3%
20 Ford Focus 1,377 1.3%

July 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model July pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,906 5.8%
2 Toyota Corolla 4,476 5.3%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,553 4.2%
4 Ford Falcon 3,448 4.1%
5 Mazda3 2,839 3.4%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,401 2.9%
7 Toyota Camry 1,912 2.3%
8 Nissan Navara 1,709 2.0%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,574 1.9%
10 Holden Astra 1,488 1.8%
11 Mazda2 1,447 1.7%
12 Toyota Prado 1,404 1.7%
13 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,395 1.7%
14 Toyota Aurion 1,376 1.6%
15 Ford Falcon Ute 1,328 1.6%
16 Ford Focus 1,243 1.5%
17 Ford Ranger 1,239 1.5%
18 Subaru Forester 1,226 1.5%
19 Mitsubishi Triton 1,151 1.4%
20 Toyota RAV4 1,114 1.3%

August 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Aug pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,814 6.2%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,903 5.0%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,415 4.4%
4 Ford Falcon 2,708 3.5%
5 Mazda3 2,693 3.5%
6 Toyota Yaris 1,924 2.5%
7 Hyundai Getz 1,686 2.2%
8 Holden Astra 1,615 2.1%
9 Toyota Camry 1,557 2.0%
10 Subaru Forester 1,534 2.0%
11 Nissan Navara 1,420 1.8%
12 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,404 1.8%
13 Ford Falcon Ute 1,302 1.7%
14 Toyota Prado 1,199 1.6%
15 Mazda2 1,173 1.5%
16 Nissan Tiida 1,170 1.5%
17 Ford Ranger 1,158 1.5%
18 Toyota Aurion 1,088 1.4%
19 Mitsubishi Triton 1,081 1.4%
20 Suzuki Swift 1,019 1.3%

September 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Sep pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,462 5.5%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,964 4.9%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,364 4.2%
4 Mazda3 3,241 4.0%
5 Ford Falcon 3,123 3.9%
6 Toyota Camry 2,114 2.6%
7 Toyota Yaris 1,687 2.1%
8 Mazda2 1,532 1.9%
9 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,404 1.7%
10 Nissan Navara 1,371 1.7%
11 Holden Astra 1,292 1.6%
12 Toyota Aurion 1,240 1.5%
13 Ford Ranger 1,232 1.5%
14 Mitsubishi Triton 1,212 1.5%
15 Ford Focus 1,165 1.4%
16 Subaru Forester 1,162 1.4%
17 Ford Falcon Ute 1,149 1.4%
18 Subaru Impreza 1,111 1.4%
19 Holden Colorado 1,107 1.4%
20 Suzuki Swift 1,100 1.4%

October 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Oct pdm
1 Toyota Hilux 3,892 4.9%
2 Holden Commodore 3,810 4.8%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,497 4.4%
4 Ford Falcon 2,747 3.5%
5 Mazda3 2,103 2.7%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,048 2.6%
7 Toyota Camry 1,952 2.5%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,496 1.9%
9 Holden Colorado 1,473 1.9%
10 Nissan Navara 1,458 1.8%
11 Honda Civic 1,436 1.8%
12 Mitsubishi Triton 1,414 1.8%
13 Ford Focus 1,387 1.8%
14 Ford Ranger 1,331 1.7%
15 Mazda2 1,299 1.6%
16 Toyota Aurion 1,250 1.6%
17 Subaru Forester 1,147 1.4%
18 Toyota RAV4 1,133 1.4%
19 Suzuki Swift 1,122 1.4%
20 Toyota Prado 1,101 1.4%

November 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Nov pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,365 6.1%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,486 4.9%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,420 4.8%
4 Ford Falcon 2,555 3.6%
5 Mazda3 2,343 3.3%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,153 3.0%
7 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,922 2.7%
8 Toyota Camry 1,820 2.5%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,501 2.1%
10 Toyota Aurion 1,481 2.1%
11 Nissan Navara 1,314 1.8%
12 Subaru Forester 1,182 1.6%
13 Ford Focus 1,172 1.6%
14 Mitsubishi Triton 1,159 1.6%
15 Mazda2 1,132 1.6%
16 Ford Ranger 1,074 1.5%
17 Holden Colorado 1,018 1.4%
18 Toyota RAV4 1,011 1.4%
19 Toyota Prado 986 1.4%
20 Holden Astra 940 1.3%

December 2008 Top 20:

Pos Model Dec pdm
1 Holden Commodore 5,413 7.1%
2 Toyota Corolla 4,160 5.4%
3 Toyota Hilux 3,180 4.2%
4 Mazda3 3,078 4.0%
5 Ford Falcon 2,574 3.4%
6 Toyota Yaris 2,180 2.8%
7 Toyota Camry 1,941 2.5%
8 Toyota Aurion 1,740 2.3%
9 Holden Commodore Ute 1,629 2.1%
10 Nissan Navara 1,573 2.1%
11 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,569 2.1%
12 Hyundai Getz 1,549 2.0%
13 Mazda2 1,413 1.8%
14 Toyota RAV4 1,297 1.7%
15 Subaru Forester 1,262 1.6%
16 Toyota Kluger 1,198 1.6%
17 Mitsubishi Triton 1,192 1.6%
18 Toyota Prado 1,137 1.5%
19 Ford Territory 1,089 1.4%
20 Ford Focus 1,077 1.4%

Source: VFACTS

Note: I took the Corolla and Hilux pictures during my stays in Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie.

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