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Australian sales figures for 2012 – Mazda3 best-seller, again

For the second year running, the Mazda3 is the best-selling vehicle in Australia. The national 2012 VFACTS new vehicle sales figures have just been released, and it’s Toyota that stands out as a very clear favourite overall.

Mazda sold a whopping 44,128 examples of its Mazda3 small car in 2012, up on the 2011-leading sales effort of 41,429. Mazda also sold 4649 ‘3s’ during December, making it the best-selling car of the month as well.

Runner up overall for the year was of course the Toyota HiLux, which went to 40,646 buyers (4×2 and 4×4). See below for the overall top ten selling vehicles in Australia for 2012:

1. Mazda3 – 44,128
2. Toyota HiLux (4×2 and 4×4) – 40,646
3. Toyota Corolla – 38,799
4. Holden Commodore – 30,532
5. Holden Cruze – 29,161
6. Hyundai i30 – 28,348
7. Toyota Camry  Р27,230
8. Nissan Navara (4×2 and 4×4) – 26,045
9. Toyota Yaris – 18,808
10. Ford Focus – 18,586

Despite the little ‘3’ doing so well, it wasn’t enough to secure Mazda as the number one manufacturer. That crown belongs to Toyota, a company that sold an unbelievable 218,176 vehicles in 2012. See below for the overall top ten manufacturers for 2012:

1. Toyota – 218,176
2. Holden – 114,665
3. Mazda – 103,886
4. Hyundai -91,536
5. Ford – 90,408
6. Nissan – 79,747
7. Mitsubishi – 58,868
8. Volkswagen – 54,835
9. Subaru – 40,189
10. Honda – 35,812

In terms of sports cars, the highly popular Hyundai Veloster took the crown with 4107 sales in 2012. The quirky three-door was followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, which went to 2336 buyers. See below for the full top ten selling sports cars for 2012, including Below $80,000, Above $80,000, and Above $200,000 segments:

1. Hyundai Veloster – 4107
2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – 2336
3. Toyota 86 – 2047
4. BMW 1 Series Coupe/Convertible – 1385
5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible – 1034
6. Audi A5 – 944
7. Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet – 823
=8. BMW 3 Series Coupe/Convertible – 765
=8. Volkswagen Eos – 765
9. Volkswagen Scirocco – 712
=10. Mercedes-Benz SLK – 701
=10. Kia Cerato Koup – 701

In the SUV segments, it was the Toyota Prado that came out as the favourite for 2012. It recorded 17,045 sales. Even though smaller vehicles are becoming more and more popular, it’s good to see the Australia Ford Territory remained in the overall top ten, recording 14,646 sales. See below for the overall top ten, including all segments from Small Below $40,000 to Upper Large Above $100,000:

1. Toyota Prado – 17,045
2. Nissan X-Trail – 16,066
3. Mazda CX-5 – 15,861
4. Toyota RAV4 – 14,651
5. Ford Territory – 14,646
6. Toyota Kluger – 13,239
7. Nissan Dualis – 13,141
8. Subaru Forester – 11,533
9. Hyundai ix35 – 11,469
10. Holden Captiva 7 – 11,378

Lastly, for the popular ute segments, it was of course the Toyota HiLux that came through as the number one seller, with 40,646 sales (4×2 and 4×4). In terms of 4×4 sales alone, it was still the HiLux, with 29,267 sales, followed by the Nissan Navara with 23,940. See below for the complete top ten figures for combined 4×2 and 4×4 utes:

1. Toyota HiLux – 40,646
2. Nissan Navara – 23,940
3. Mitsubishi Triton – 18,502
4. Ford Ranger – 18,097
5. Holden Colorado – 12,902
6. Mazda BT-50 – 11,848
7. Isuzu D-Max – 7782
8. Volkswagen Amarok – 6742
9. Great Wall V200 – 4793
10. Great Wall V240 – 2634

Head over to our complete December 2012 Australian vehicle sales report for a more in-depth look.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Callum Andrews

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