Australian new vehicle sales fell 2.9% year on year in June, according to motor industry official statistical service VFACTS.

Notably, the three top selling vehicles during June were light commercial vehicles, with the Toyota Hilux pickup truck leading the market ahead of the Ford Ranger and the Mitsubishi Triton.

Total sales last month were 130,300, compared with last 2017's June record of 134,171.

Year to date 2018 sales were 1% higher.

But passenger car sales showed a significant decline in June, falling 17.9% compared with the same month in 2017. SUVs continued to strengthen last month, sales increasing by 9.3% over June 2017. Light commercials were relatively steady in June with a 0.3% increase over June 2017.

SUVs held a dominant 43.1% share of the June market, with the passenger car share at 31.9%, and light commercials at 21.8%.

Among the passenger cars, the micro segment was the only one to show an increase, jumping by 58.9% albeit off relatively low volumes.

The small and medium segments were the main contributors to the growth in SUV sales during June. Small SUVs rose 32.2%, and medium SUVs by 7.3%.

Year to date, light commercial sales in general, like the SUVs, continue to show growth and now account for 20.3% of the total market, up from 19.8% for the corresponding six months of 2017.

The five top sellers for June were the Toyota Hilux (5,787), Ford Ranger (4,768), Mitsubishi Triton (3,919), Toyota Corolla (3,780) and Hyundai i30 (3,547).

Toyota led the market with a 17.8% share, followed by Mazda (9.6%), Hyundai (8.0%), Mitsubishi (7.9%), and Ford (5.7%).

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