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Australia 2009: Commodore still ahead but with lowest volume

** For the 2009 Top 50 and every monthly Top 20 click on ‘read more’ at the end of the article **

The Australian market is down 7% in 2009 at 937,328 registrations, and the Holden Commodore is the best selling car in the country for the 14th year in a row, allbeit with only 44,387 sales, believed to be its lowest volume since the introduction of the nameplate in 1978.

However with a drop of ‘only’ 13% on ’08, the Commodore actually increases its lead over the Toyota Corolla, 2nd at 39,013 units and -18%, but the Toyota Hilux, 3rd at 38,451 sales, is getting closer with only -10% on ’08.

In 2009, no less than 4 models lead the monthly sales at least once and one did so for the very first time:  the Mazda3, #1 in January with 3,124 sales and 4.7%, by far its best-ever share. It finished 4th over the year with 35,298 sales (3.8%), the only model in the Top5 to increase its volume, at +4%.

The Commodore was 1st only 6 times, its lowest number in a decade, the Corolla 3 times and the Hilux twice: in June and November when it reached 4.9% of the market with 4,230 sales, its best share and volume ever.

The Ford Falcon finished the year in 5th, like in 2007 and 2008, but with 31,023 sales (-3%) it managed to increase its share to 3.3%, above its level of the last 2 years.

The Hyundai i30 is 6th this year. After stagnating around the 30th place and 1% in 2008, its sales rose spectacularly in 2009: it broke into the Top 10 for the first time in April (6th with 2.3%) and peaked at 2.9% in August.

The Holden Cruze at #21 is by far the best performing new 2009 model. It broke into the Top 10 for its first full month of sales in July (#8 with 2.6%) and peaked at 2.7% in August and October.

More commentaries, Full Year 2009 Top 50 and every monthly Top 20 below.

The 3rd model to break into the Top 10 for the first time this year is the Honda Jazz in January (#8 at 2.2%) but its very inconsistent performance during the year kept it as low as #34 overall.

Other 2009 highlights include the 6th place of the Mitsubishi Triton in June at 3%, its best share ever, and the leadership swap in the local SUV battle between the Holden Captiva and the Ford Territory: the Holden passed the Ford for the first time in July and kept the lead, finishing #27 at 11,504 sales (+14%)  vs. #31 and 10,884 sales (-16%) for the Territory.

Top 50 Full Year 2009:

Pos Model 2009 pdm 09/08 2008 pdm Pos
1 Holden Commodore 44,387 4.7% -13% 51,094 5.0% 1
2 Toyota Corolla 39,013 4.2% -19% 47,901 4.7% 2
3 Toyota Hilux 38,451 4.1% -10% 42,956 4.2% 3
4 Mazda3 35,298 3.8% 4% 33,855 3.3% 4
5 Ford Falcon 31,023 3.3% -3% 31,936 3.2% 5
6 Hyundai i30 21,414 2.3% 110% 10,201 1.0% 32
7 Toyota Camry 20,846 2.2% -10% 23,047 2.3% 7
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 20,583 2.2% 5% 19,688 1.9% 8
9 Hyundai Getz 19,643 2.1% 14% 17,256 1.7% 11
10 Toyota Yaris 19,437 2.1% -26% 26,097 2.6% 6
11 Nissan Navara 18,293 2.0% -1% 18,487 1.8% 10
12 Mitsubishi Triton 18,182 1.9% 10% 16,582 1.6% 13
13 Holden Colorado 14,983 1.6% 169% 5,566 0.5% 52
14 Ford Ranger 14,016 1.5% -9% 15,406 1.5% 16
15 Toyota Aurion 13,910 1.5% -29% 19,562 1.9% 9
16 Subaru Forester 13,753 1.5% -5% 14,423 1.4% 19
17 Mazda2 13,335 1.4% -16% 15,797 1.6% 14
18 Toyota Prado 13,180 1.4% -10% 14,725 1.5% 18
19 Toyota Kluger 12,848 1.4% -4% 13,424 1.3% 22
20 Toyota RAV4 12,635 1.3% -11% 14,122 1.4% 20
21 Holden Cruze 12,590 1.3% new 0 0.0% n/a
22 Subaru Impreza 12,268 1.3% 6% 11,607 1.1% 27
23 Ford Falcon Ute 12,180 1.3% -4% 12,656 1.3% 25
24 VW Golf 12,141 1.3% 4% 11,632 1.1% 26
25 Holden Ute 12,104 1.3% -10% 13,448 1.3% 21
26 Suzuki Swift 11,548 1.2% -11% 12,947 1.3% 23
27 Holden Captiva 11,504 1.2% 14% 10,097 1.0% 34
28 Hyundai Tucson 11,405 1.2% 86% 6,141 0.6% 46
29 Ford Focus 11,314 1.2% -28% 15,623 1.5% 15
30 Mazda BT-50 11,025 1.2% 9% 10,156 1.0% 33
31 Ford Territory 10,884 1.2% -16% 12,882 1.3% 24
32 Holden Barina 10,552 1.1% -2% 10,815 1.1% 28
33 Honda Civic 10,242 1.1% -39% 16,750 1.7% 12
34 Honda Jazz 9,031 1.0% -6% 9,563 0.9% 39
35 Toyota Hiace Van 8,923 1.0% -6% 9,493 0.9% 40
36 Ford Fiesta 8,861 0.9% 45% 6,110 0.6% 47
37 Mazda6 8,758 0.9% -14% 10,207 1.0% 31
38 Kia Rio 8,500 0.9% -17% 10,284 1.0% 29
39 Nissan X-Trail 7,875 0.8% -20% 9,794 1.0% 38
40 Toyota Land Cruiser 7,755 0.8% -24% 10,231 1.0% 30
41 Mitsubishi Outlander 7,647 0.8% -4% 7,961 0.8% 41
42 Mercedes C Class 6,851 0.7% 2% 6,733 0.7% 44
43 Nissan Tiida 6,834 0.7% -32% 10,059 1.0% 36
44 BMW 3-Series 6,829 0.7% -9% 7,504 0.7% 43
45 Holden Astra 6,430 0.7% -57% 14,926 1.5% 17
46 Honda Accord Euro 6,237 0.7% -8% 6,755 0.7% 43
47 Honda Accord 6,200 0.7% -21% 7,837 0.8% 42
48 Toyota Land Cruiser Ute 5,739 0.6% -11% 6,432 0.6% 47
49 Subaru Liberty 5,548 0.6% -14% 6,432 0.6% 48
50 Mitsubishi Pajero 5,271 0.6% -7% 5,657 0.6% 51

January Top 20:

Pos Model Jan pdm
1 Mazda3 3,124 4.7%
2 Holden Commodore 3,059 4.6%
3 Toyota Corolla 2,763 4.1%
4 Toyota Hilux 2,620 3.9%
5 Ford Falcon 1,630 2.4%
6 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,625 2.4%
7 Toyota Yaris 1,565 2.3%
8 Honda Jazz 1,480 2.2%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,347 2.0%
10 Ford Focus 1,346 2.0%
11 Mazda2 1,335 2.0%
12 Honda Civic 1,216 1.8%
13 Nissan Navara 1,195 1.8%
14 Subaru Forester 1,188 1.8%
15 Mitsubishi Triton 1,179 1.8%
16 Holden Captiva 1,141 1.7%
17 Toyota Camry 1,134 1.7%
18 Toyota Prado 1,036 1.5%
19 Subaru Impreza 1,017 1.5%
20 Holden Colorado 1,012 1.5%

February Top 20:

Pos Model Feb pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,376 4.8%
2 Mazda3 2,989 4.3%
3 Toyota Corolla 2,769 3.9%
4 Toyota Hilux 2,613 3.7%
5 Ford Falcon 2,386 3.4%
6 Hyundai Getz 1,583 2.3%
7 Toyota Camry 1,564 2.2%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,551 2.2%
9 Toyota Yaris 1,548 2.2%
10 Mitsubishi Triton 1,369 1.9%
11 Hyundai i30 1,234 1.8%
12 Subaru Impreza 1,201 1.7%
13 Mazda2 1,193 1.7%
14 Nissan Navara 1,162 1.7%
15 Holden Astra 1,149 1.6%
16 VW Golf 1,131 1.6%
17 Nissan Tiida 1,068 1.5%
18 Ford Falcon Ute 1,057 1.5%
19 Holden Colorado 1,035 1.5%
20 Subaru Forester 1,012 1.4%

March Top 20:

Pos Model Mar pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,544 4.7%
2 Toyota Hilux 3,306 4.4%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,007 4.0%
4 Mazda3 2,801 3.7%
5 Ford Falcon 1,990 2.6%
6 Mitsubishi Triton 1,848 2.4%
7 Toyota Yaris 1,741 2.3%
8 Hyundai Getz 1,597 2.1%
9 Nissan Navara 1,562 2.1%
10 Toyota Camry 1,515 2.0%
11 Hyundai i30 1,503 2.0%
12 Ford Focus 1,458 1.9%
13 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,387 1.8%
14 Holden Colorado 1,324 1.8%
15 Subaru Forester 1,323 1.7%
16 VW Golf 1,151 1.5%
17 Toyota Aurion 1,088 1.4%
18 Toyota Prado 1,072 1.4%
19 Subaru Impreza 1,053 1.4%
20 Ford Ranger 1,031 1.4%

April Top 20:

Pos Model Apr pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,177 5.0%
2 Toyota Hilux 2,632 4.1%
3 Mazda3 2,503 3.9%
4 Toyota Corolla 2,385 3.7%
5 Ford Falcon 2,228 3.5%
6 Hyundai i30 1,491 2.3%
7 Nissan Navara 1,451 2.3%
8 Toyota Yaris 1,395 2.2%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,307 2.0%
10 Subaru Forester 1,239 1.9%
11 Ford Ranger 1,120 1.8%
12 Toyota Camry 1,092 1.7%
13 Holden Colorado 1,064 1.7%
14 Mitsubishi Triton 1,039 1.6%
15 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,017 1.6%
16 Subaru Impreza 1,008 1.6%
17 Toyota Kluger 901 1.4%
18 Toyota Aurion 895 1.4%
19 Toyota RAV4 885 1.4%
20 Kia Rio 879 1.4%

 

May Top 20:

Pos Model May pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,683 4.9%
2 Toyota Hilux 3,180 4.2%
3 Mazda3 3,038 4.0%
4 Ford Falcon 2,846 3.8%
5 Toyota Corolla 2,583 3.4%
6 Hyundai i30 1,959 2.6%
7 Nissan Navara 1,946 2.6%
8 Toyota Yaris 1,655 2.2%
9 Mitsubishi Triton 1,538 2.0%
10 Hyundai Getz 1,429 1.9%
11 Toyota Camry 1,355 1.8%
12 Toyota Aurion 1,344 1.8%
13 Subaru Forester 1,282 1.7%
14 Holden Colorado 1,243 1.6%
15 Holden Ute 1,221 1.6%
16 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,188 1.6%
17 Suzuki Swift 1,168 1.5%
18 Ford Ranger 1,078 1.4%
19 Toyota RAV4 1,075 1.4%
20 Ford Falcon Ute 1,050 1.4%

June Top 20:

Pos Model June pdm Pos
1 Toyota Hilux 4,756 4.6% 1
2 Holden Commodore 4,748 4.6% 2
3 Toyota Corolla 4,066 4.0% 3
4 Mazda3 3,741 3.6% 4
5 Ford Falcon 3,410 3.3% 5
6 Mitsubishi Triton 3,043 3.0% 6
7 Hyundai i30 2,742 2.7% 7
8 Nissan Navara 2,568 2.5% 8
9 Hyundai Getz 2,263 2.2% 9
10 Toyota Yaris 2,184 2.1% 10
11 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,904 1.9% 11
12 Toyota Camry 1,783 1.7% 12
13 Holden Colorado 1,676 1.6% 13
14 Toyota Aurion 1,628 1.6% 14
15 Holden Ute 1,577 1.5% 15
16 Subaru Impreza 1,568 1.5% 16
17 Subaru Forester 1,506 1.5% 17
18 Ford Falcon Ute 1,491 1.5% 18
19 Ford Ranger 1,464 1.4% 19
20 Hyundai Tucson 1,446 1.4% 20

July Top 20:

Pos Model July pdm
1 Toyota Corolla 3,891 5.2%
2 Holden Commodore 3,856 5.1%
3 Ford Falcon 2,837 3.8%
4 Mazda3 2,785 3.7%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,563 3.4%
6 Hyundai Getz 2,147 2.8%
7 Hyundai i30 2,045 2.7%
8 Holden Cruze 1,982 2.6%
9 Toyota Camry 1,717 2.3%
10 Toyota Yaris 1,593 2.1%
11 Toyota Aurion 1,400 1.9%
12 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,350 1.8%
13 Toyota Kluger 1,167 1.5%
14 Subaru Forester 1,146 1.5%
15 Toyota Prado 1,117 1.5%
16 Ford Ranger 1,109 1.5%
17 Mazda2 1,106 1.5%
18 Subaru Impreza 1,100 1.5%
19 Toyota RAV4 1,039 1.4%
20 Holden Colorado 1,036 1.4%

August Top 20:

Pos Model Aug pdm
1 Toyota Corolla 3,659 5.0%
2 Holden Commodore 3,329 4.5%
3 Mazda3 2,898 4.0%
4 Ford Falcon 2,449 3.3%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,327 3.2%
6 Toyota Camry 2,192 3.0%
7 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,171 3.0%
8 Hyundai i30 2,105 2.9%
9 Holden Cruze 1,971 2.7%
10 Hyundai Getz 1,868 2.5%
11 Toyota Yaris 1,406 1.9%
12 Ford Focus 1,154 1.6%
13 Mazda2 1,134 1.5%
14 Subaru Impreza 1,120 1.5%
15 Toyota Kluger 1,108 1.5%
16 Toyota Prado 1,065 1.5%
17 Toyota RAV4 1,061 1.4%
18 Nissan Navara 1,043 1.4%
19 Holden Captiva 1,031 1.4%
20 Ford Ranger 1,029 1.4%

September Top 20:

Pos Model Sep pdm
1 Holden Commodore 3,858 4.9%
2 Toyota Corolla 3,353 4.3%
3 Mazda3 3,307 4.2%
4 Ford Falcon 2,794 3.6%
5 Toyota Hilux 2,386 3.1%
6 Toyota Camry 2,360 3.0%
7 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,033 2.6%
8 Hyundai i30 1,818 2.3%
9 Hyundai Getz 1,650 2.1%
10 Nissan Navara 1,443 1.8%
11 Honda Jazz 1,439 1.8%
12 Holden Colorado 1,425 1.8%
13 Holden Cruze 1,318 1.7%
14 Toyota Yaris 1,280 1.6%
15 Mazda2 1,270 1.6%
16 Ford Ranger 1,238 1.6%
17 Hyundai Tucson 1,168 1.5%
18 Mazda BT-50 1,167 1.5%
19 Subaru Forester 1,131 1.4%
20 Toyota Aurion 1,037 1.3%

October Top 20:

Pos Model Oct pdm
1 Toyota Corolla 3,724 4.6%
2 Toyota Hilux 3,707 4.6%
3 Holden Commodore 3,455 4.3%
4 Ford Falcon 2,841 3.5%
5 Mazda3 2,211 2.7%
6 Hyundai Getz 2,198 2.7%
7 Holden Cruze 2,183 2.7%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,066 2.6%
9 Hyundai i30 2,041 2.5%
10 Toyota Camry 1,817 2.2%
11 Nissan Navara 1,689 2.1%
12 Toyota Yaris 1,613 2.0%
13 Toyota Aurion 1,426 1.8%
14 Holden Colorado 1,378 1.7%
15 Ford Ranger 1,284 1.6%
16 Holden Captiva 1,255 1.6%
17 Mitsubishi Triton 1,251 1.5%
18 Holden Ute 1,127 1.4%
19 Suzuki Swift 1,113 1.4%
20 VW Golf 1,055 1.3%

November Top 20:

Pos Model Nov pdm
1 Toyota Hilux 4,230 4.9%
2 Holden Commodore 3,956 4.6%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,309 3.9%
4 Ford Falcon 2,863 3.3%
5 Mazda3 2,548 3.0%
6 Holden Cruze 2,274 2.6%
7 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,023 2.4%
8 Toyota Camry 2,003 2.3%
9 Hyundai i30 1,998 2.3%
10 Toyota Yaris 1,725 2.0%
11 Mitsubishi Triton 1,616 1.9%
12 Toyota Prado 1,536 1.8%
13 Nissan Navara 1,518 1.8%
14 Ford Falcon Ute 1,473 1.7%
15 Ford Ranger 1,400 1.6%
16 Holden Ute 1,336 1.6%
17 Toyota Aurion 1,315 1.5%
18 Hyundai Getz 1,304 1.5%
19 Toyota Kluger 1,301 1.5%
20 Holden Colorado 1,235 1.4%

December Top 20:

Pos Model Dec pdm
1 Holden Commodore 4,346 4.9%
2 Toyota Hilux 4,131 4.7%
3 Toyota Corolla 3,504 4.0%
4 Mazda3 3,353 3.8%
5 Ford Falcon 2,749 3.1%
6 Mitsubishi Triton 2,451 2.8%
7 Toyota Camry 2,314 2.6%
8 Mitsubishi Lancer 2,268 2.6%
9 Holden Cruze 1,989 2.2%
10 Toyota Prado 1,795 2.0%
11 Nissan Navara 1,762 2.0%
12 Toyota Yaris 1,732 2.0%
13 Holden Colorado 1,595 1.8%
14 Ford Ranger 1,569 1.8%
15 Hyundai i30 1,503 1.7%
16 Toyota Kluger 1,399 1.6%
17 Holden Ute 1,357 1.5%
18 Ford Falcon Ute 1,342 1.5%
19 Mazda BT-50 1,328 1.5%
20 Toyota Aurion 1,306 1.5%

Source: VFACTS

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