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August 8, 2014

AUSTRALIA: July sales slip 0.4%

Australian new vehicle volume was strong in July 2014, the FCAI trade association said, as sales of 89,867 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles dipped 0.4% versus the July record set in 2013.

Australian new vehicle volume was strong in July 2014, the FCAI trade association said, as sales of 89,867 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles dipped 0.4% versus the July record set in 2013.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said SUVs continue to rise in popularity, with sales in the segment up 12.7% on July 2013 figures; and 4.1% year-to-date. 

“The popularity of the SUV has seen the segment increase its market share by 1.9%, compared to the same year-to-date period in 2013. SUV sales accounted for 31.4% of the January to July 2014 motor vehicle market, and 32.1% of the market in the month of July 2014.”

Passenger and light commercial sales decreased 6.2 and 5.1%, respectively. YTD sales declined 4.6 and 5.3%.

Overall, the Toyota Corolla remained Australia’s top selling vehicle for the month, with 3,800 sales in July. The Mazda 3 (3,421), Toyota Hilux (3,140), GM Holden Commodore (2,469) and Hyundai i30 (2,434) completed the top five.

Toyota remained market share leader (18.3%) followed by Holden (10%), Hyundai (9.3%), Mazda (9%) and Ford (6.9%).

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