Australia March 2011: Commodore #1, Lexus CT200 & Chery land Now with the Top 65 best selling models
* Now with the Top 65 best selling models in Q1 2011: click on ‘Read more’ at end of post *
At 93,984 registrations, Australian car sales are down just 1% year-on-year in March. The Holden Commodore stays #1 at 4,170 sales and 4.4%, but the 2011 leader is still the Mazda3 at 11,159 units and 4.5%, thanks to another strong month at 3,979 sales and 4.2% in March (#3).
The Toyota Hilux takes the 2nd place only 140 sales behind the Commodore. Just behind the Toyota Corolla, the Holden Cruze is up 1 spot at #5 with a strong 3% share, and the Mitsubishi Triton is up to a brilliant 8th position. The Lexus CT (223 sales) and the Toyota FJ Cruiser (209) both appear for the first time in the Australian ranking.
March 2011 will also be remembered as the month Chinese brand Chery started in the country, launching the first Chinese passenger cars in Australia. The Chery J11 SUV (aka Tiggo) delivers 166 sales and the J1 (aka Face) lands 53 buyers. In the meantime the Great Wall V240 ute continues to grow, #64 in Q1 at 989 sales.
A few new models perform well in Q1: the Ford Fiesta is #17, the Hyundai ix35 #28, the Nissan Dualis multiplies its share by two at 1% and #31, the Mistubishi ASX is #50 and the VW Polo #57. With the discontinuation of the the Falcon model last year, the Ford Mondeo is now the default Ford station wagon and is up to #39.
March Top 10 & 1st Quarter 2011 Top 65 Ranking Tables: see ‘Read more’ below the Chery J11 pic.
In a market up a healthy 13% at 4,844 units, the Suzuki Swift grabs the pole position with 351 sales and 7.2% share, perhaps showing the effects of the new generation coming through dealerships already.
The Hyundai i30 is also very impressive in 2nd place at 310 sales and 6.4% share, whereas the Toyota Corolla (4.4%) and Holden Commodore (3.9%) are weaker than usual.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The Australian car market is still a little bit soft in February at -2% with 80,896 registrations. Queensland sales are down 3% in the wake of the cyclone season but are expected to surge as people replace their damaged vehicles.
The Holden Commodore is #1 for the first time since last October with 3,829 sales and 4.7% share. At #2, the Mazda3 has another very solid month at 3,575 sales and 4.4%, and is rewarded with the #1 spot over the first two months of 2011 with 7,180 sales and 4.6%. A first for the model.
The Toyota Hilux climbs on the podium in 3rd with 3.6%, ahead of the Hyundai i30 (3.3%) and Toyota Corolla, penalised by the end of its financing offer. The Holden Cruze is stable in 6th (3.2%). It will be interesting to follow the Cruze’s behaviour over the next few months as an Australianised model starts production in the Holden Adelaide plant in March.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
Traditionally full of surprises as most of the country stops for Summer holidays, January was further disrupted this year in Australia by dramatic floods in Queensland. The market is down 2% at 73,584 registrations, but -13% in Queensland.
Boosted by a 2.9% financing offer with 4,045 sales and 5.5% share, the Toyota Corolla is #1 for the 3rd month in a row, the first time it manages this feat in Australia. In 2nd place, the Mazda3 reaches its best-ever share at 4.9%, and is followed by a weak Holden Commodore at 3.6%. The Subaru Impreza breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 1,765 sales and 2%.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
The New Zealand car market is up 16% in January at 7,523 registrations. Boosted by strong rental vehicles sales, the Toyota Corolla reigns with 903 sales and no less than 12% of the market, followed by the Holden Commodore at 380 sales (5%) and the Suzuki Swift at 265 units (3.5%).
Source and Commercial Vehicles sales below.
We are now looking back further in the past, with 4 new posts giving you a broad idea of what the Australian market looked like during the second half of the 20th Century.
Holden had a head start, launching the first car fully manufatured in Australia in 1948, whereas Ford unveiled the first Falcon in 1960. The whole period is a constant, ferocious battle between the two brands, with the Holden Kingswood nameplate becoming a household name before the Commodore launched in 1978, and the Falcon’s figures improving throughout the years.
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to the 4 new posts.
The New Zealand market is very dynamic in 2010, up 14% at 80,453 units. The Toyota Corolla keeps the lead with 4,890 sales and 6.1% market share, ahead of the Hilux (4.3%), Suzuki Swift (3.4%) and Holden Commodore (3.2%).
2010 Ranking Table below.