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Australian vehicle sales for June 2013 – Toyota and BMW shine

The official VFACTS figures for Australian new vehicle registrations for June 2013 have been released, and once again it’s Toyota that’s clearly the country’s most popular vehicle brand. BMW also showed strength, topping a number of segments, while Hyundai and Ford made some big moves. Overall sales across the board were considerably up, with the end of the financial year closing the month.

BMW 3 Series

Toyota sold 22,160 vehicles last month, easily holding onto its strong lead ahead of Holden (10,483). Interestingly, Hyundai (9914) outsold Mazda (9567), with Hyundai making up 8.3 per cent of the market share and taking second place.

As for the most popular new vehicles during June, the Toyota HiLux was well and truly on top, outselling the Corolla by well over 500 vehicles. Last year’s most popular car, the Mazda3, has the Hyundai i30 now snapping at its heels. The top five vehicles for June 2013 in terms of sales were as follows:

1. Toyota HiLux – 4931 (up from 3665 in May)
2. Toyota Corolla – 4196 (up from 3640)
3. Mazda3 – 3672 (up from 3054)
5. Hyundai i30– 3664 (up from 2512)
4. Mitsubishi Triton – 3456 (up from 2606)

Holden VF Commodore

With the new Holden VF Commodore hitting the market last month, sales were up significantly for Holden in the Large Cars under $70,000 segment. The Commodore went to 2144 homes in June, which is up from the previous month’s effort of 1647.

In the blue corner, Ford saw a big jump in sales of the Falcon, selling 1169 compared with May’s shameful effort of just 707. It easily outsold the Toyota Aurion, which went to 565 homes (down from 632).

As for the Large Cars over $70,000 category, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class stormed past the BMW 5 Series from May. The sleek Mercedes-Benz CLS also retained its third place position ahead of other popular contenders in this segment. The top five vehicle sales figures looked like this:

2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 172 (up from 75 in May)
1. BMW 5 Series – 107 (up from 90)
3. Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class – 67 (down from 73)
4. Jaguar XF – 66 (up from 59)
5. Lexus GS – 61 (up from 50)

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

In the Sports Car under $80,000 segment, it’s the Toyota 86 that has a strong hold on the segment, selling to 409 people. It’s sister car, the Subaru BRZ, still sitting behind as fourth favourite. This segment remained steady in terms of positions, however, some figures dropped overall. The top five sellers in this category were as follows:

1. Toyota 86 – 409 (down from 582 sales in May)
2. Hyundai Veloster – 367 (up from 347)
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – 196 (down from 202)
4. Subaru BRZ – 154 (down from 187)
5. BMW 1 Series Coupe/Convertible – 98 (up from 93)

In the premium Sport Cars over $80,000 segment, the BMW 3 Series Coupe/Convertible retained its edge over the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible and sits as the top favourite. The SLK-Class is maintaining its lead over the Audi A5. The top five sellers in this category were as follows:

1. BMW 3 Series Coupe/Convertible – 90 (down from 91)
2. Mercedes-Benz SLK – 58 (down from 60)
3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Cabrio – 35 (down from 43)
4. Audi A5 – 44 (up from 43)
5. Porsche Boxster – 22 (up from 15)

2013 Porsche Boxster S

In the tantalizing Sport Cars over $200,000 category, the BMW 6 Series is still the best seller, however, the Porsche 911 looks like it is catching up. The Italian supercars were shaken up a bit in June, sitting beneath the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The overall top five in this segment were as followed:

1. BMW 6 Series – 28 (up from 26 in May)
2. Porsche 911 – 23 (up from 19)
3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class – 19 (down from 22)
4. Maserati (models not specified) – 18 (up from 14)
5. Ferrari (models not specified) – 13 (down from 23)

In the somewhat sporty Medium Cars under $60,000 segment, Toyota added another little trophy to its sales cabinet in June, clearly retaining its best-seller crown with the Camry.

The next-best favourite, the Mazda6, was almost 2000 vehicle sales away. Toyota sold 2652 Camrys (up from 1934 in May), while the Mazda6 went to 796 new homes (up from 492), with the Ford Mondeo sneaking up into third place with 433 sales.

2013 Toyota Camry

Over in the premium Medium Cars over $60,000 segment, the BMW 3 Series is still the most popular, setting the pace with an impressive 719 sales. Sales were up (mostly) across the board in this category, while positions remained unchanged. The top five consisted of the following:

1. BMW 3 Series – 719 (up from 528)
2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 665 (up from 523)
3. Audi A4 – 310 (up from 218)
4. Lexus IS 250/350/IS F – 136 (down from 166)
5. Audi A5 Sportback – 56 (down from 64)

In the extremely popular 4×4 ute segment, the Toyota HiLux, of course, was the best seller with 3706 sales. It was followed by the regular second-runner, the Mitsubishi Triton (3028). The Nissan Navara climbed its way back into third place after losing it to the Ford Ranger in May, with 2354 sales.

As for the combined 4×2 and 4×4 ute sales, the overall figures for June jumped compared with May figures, as consumers prepared for the end of the financial year. The top ten 4×2 and 4×4 combined figures for June 2013 were as follows

1. Toyota HiLux – 4931 (up from 3665 in May)
2. Mitsubishi Triton – 3456 (up from 2606)
4. Nissan Navara – 2641 (up from 1511)
3. Ford Ranger – 2305 (up from 1702)
5. Holden Colorado – 1914 (up from 1379)
6. Mazda BT-50 – 1332 (up from 1204)
7. Izusu D-Max – 1052 (up from 858)
8. Volkswagen Amarok – 1113 (up from 782)
9. Great Wall V200 – 337 (up from 307)
10. Great Wall V240 – 171 (down from 177)

Ford Territory

Lastly, the SUV market saw big movements. The Honda CR-V stormed right up into third position in its segment, while the Australian Ford Territory climbed to the very top of its category, even overtaking the often popular Toyota Prado.

The Hyundai ix35 also creamed its segment, posting record sales, while the Volvo XC60 moved up into third spot in its segment pushing out the BMW X3.

In all SUV segments, the top-sellers for June 2o13 were as follows:

SUV Small under $40,000:

Hyundai ix35 – 2225 (up from 1770 in May)
Nissan Dualis – 1766 (up from 1176)
Subaru XV – 1289 (up from 851)

SUV Small above $40,000:

Audi Q3 – 277 (up from 255)
BMW X1 – 182 (up from 155)
MINI Countryman – 58 (up from 42)

SUV Medium under $60,000:

Mazda CX-5 – 2036 (up from 1773)
Toyota RAV4 – 1590 (up from 1454)
Honda CR-V – 1579 (up from 1146)

SUV Medium above $60,000:

Audi Q5 – 280 (down from 296)
Range Rover Evoque – 277 (up from 236)
Volvo XC60 – 244 (up from 187)

2013 Volvo XC60

SUV Large under $70,000:

Ford Territory – 1574 (up from 1139)
Holden Captiva 7 – 1534 (up from 1086)
Toyota Prado – 1528 (up from 1499)

SUV Large above $70,000:

BMW X5 – 362 (up from 298)
Lexus RX – 280 (up from 204)
Land Rover Discovery – 247 (up from 179)

SUV Upper Large under $100,000:

Toyota LandCruiser – 767 (down from 854)
Nissan Patrol – 183 (down from 201)

SUV Upper Large above $100,000:

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class – 55 (down from 57)
Range Rover – 19 (down from 26)
Lexus LX – 16 (down from 17)

Overall, new vehicle sales in Australia in June jumped massively compared with May figures, with 118,758 total new vehicle registrations versus 96,788 in May. The figures were better than June 2012 efforts as well; 112,566.

As for what fuel types buyers preferred in June, the sales figures for private buyers in terms of vehicle fuel were as follows (passenger, SUV, and light commercial combined):

Petrol – 33,020 (down from 36,408 in May)
Diesel – 16,569 (up from 12,710)
Hybrid – 533 (up from 397)
LPG – 67 (up from 49)
Electric – 11 (down from 14)

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.