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Australian vehicle sales for November 2016 – Toyota on track to be best-seller

It’s that time of the month again. Australian VFACTS figures for new vehicle registrations have been released for November 2016, giving us some clues as to what cars will be the best-selling models of this year.

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For manufacturers and brands, it’s Toyota that stands at the top. It will very likely take home the crown as the best-selling car manufacturer in Australia for 2016, having sold 189,685 vehicles so far this year (through November). This is up 2.5 per cent on the efforts for the same 11-month period in 2015. The next closest brand is Mazda, selling 108,446. Mazda jumped up from third spot into second during November specifically, while Mercedes-Benz has crept back into the top 10 as it nudges out Kia in its usual dogfight. The top 10 most popular car brands for November 2016 were as follows:

  1. Toyota – 18,162 (up from 16,348 of October 2016 sales)
  2. Mazda – 9825 (up from 7921)
  3. Hyundai – 7991 (down from 8704)
  4. Holden – 7750 (up from 7521)
  5. Ford – 6827 (up from 6508)
  6. Nissan – 6341 (up from 5543)
  7. Mitsubishi – 5875 (up from 5227)
  8. Volkswagen – 4862 (down from 4869)
  9. Subaru – 4141 (up from 4140)
  10. Mercedes-Benz – 3584 (up from 3477)

In terms of the best-selling vehicle models for the month, the Toyota HiLux retains its crown from the previous month with the Ford Ranger closely behind. Toyota experienced a great month, well, more so than usual, with three of its models in the top four. Both the Camry and Corolla reported big numbers. Other changes to the top 10 include the Mazda CX-5 re-entering, into ninth place, while the Hyundai i30 dropped from fourth to sixth. The top 10 best-selling vehicles for November 2016 were as follows:

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3839 (up from 3352)
  2. Ford Ranger – 3410 (up from 3217)
  3. Toyota Corolla – 3245 (up from 3210)
  4. Toyota Camry – 2957 (up from 2135)
  5. Mazda3 – 2877 (up from 2191)
  6. Hyundai i30 – 2541 (down from 2718)
  7. Holden Commodore – 2088 (down from 2101)
  8. Hyundai Accent – 1995 (down from 2009)
  9. Mazda CX-5 – 1956 (up from 1655)
  10. Nissan X-Trail – 1938 (up from 1655)

Medium Cars under $60,000 – Toyota’s Camry blew every competitor out of the water in this segment, despite posting a slight drop in sales compared with November last year (down 2.2 per cent). This leaves the Mazda6 and Subaru Liberty to fight for second with the former coming home on top this time. Mazda jumped up from fourth place in October to second in November, likely thanks to the release of the updated model. The top five best-selling models in this class were as follows:

  1. Toyota Camry – 2957 (up from 2135 of October)
  2. Mazda6 – 368 (up from 243)
  3. Subaru Liberty – 354 (up from 302)
  4. Ford Mondeo – 332 (up from 275)
  5. Volkswagen Passat – 217 (down from 225)

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Medium Cars over $60,000 – Mercedes still dominates the executive class, accounting for first and second places in terms of sales with the C-Class and CLA. Audi overtook BMW with the A4, interestingly, leaving the Lexus IS to fill for fifth. The top five best-selling vehicles in this class were as follows:

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 686 (up from 556)
  2. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class – 325 (up from 281)
  3. Audi A4 – 270 (up from 216)
  4. BMW 3 Series – 252 (up from 231)
  5. Lexus IS – 107 (down from 138)

Large Cars under $70,000 – Holden Commodore sales seem to be going relatively strong. It will be interesting to see how the figures change (or don’t change) when the 2018 Commodore comes into play. Ford Falcon sales are obviously dwindling and will eventually come to a complete stop pretty soon. Toyota Aurion sales seem to be just hanging on before local production comes to an end for it next year. Hyundai’s Genesis moved back into the top five in November. The top five best-selling vehicles in this class were as follows:

  1. Holden Commodore – 2088 (down from 2101)
  2. Ford Falcon – 199 (down from 428)
  3. Toyota Aurion – 360 (up from 336)
  4. Skoda Superb – 97 (down from 104)
  5. Hyundai Genesis – 30 (up from 5)

Large Cars over $70,000 – Sales in this segment have slowed slightly from the previous month – we guess not everyone is interested in buying a large luxury sedan at this time of the year. Even still, Mercedes posted decent figures for the E-Class, while Audi A6 and the Infiniti Q70 tied for third place. The top five best-selling vehicles in this segment in November 2016 were as follows:

  1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 115 (down from 165)
  2. BMW 5 Series – 43 (equal)
  3. Audi A6 – 30 (down from 37)/Infiniti Q70 – 30 (up from 15)
  4. Jaguar XF – 22 (down from 30)
  5. Mercedes-Benz CLS – 21 (up from 18)

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Sports Car under $80,000 – Ford Mustang sales dropped off a little for November, probably due to lack of supply for the demand. BMW stepped up into second place with the 2 Series, standing ahead of even the Hyundai Veloster and Toyota 86 favourites. The usual suspects rounded out the top five. The top five best-selling vehicles in this class were as follows:

  1. Ford Mustang – 389 (down from 584 of October)
  2. BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible – 221 (up from 129)
  3. Hyundai Veloster – 187 (down from 220)
  4. Toyota 86 – 136 (up from 88)
  5. Mazda MX-5 – 103 (up from 97)
    (Subaru WRX – 212 [down from 254] – not officially in this segment)

Sport Cars over $80,000 – Stepping up a price bracket, we see the Mercedes C-Class two-door continues to be the favourite. The latest Audi A5 jumped into the top five, into fourth place. This effectively pushed out the Lexus RC. The top five best-selling vehicles in this category were as follows:

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe/Convertible – 323 (up from 267)
  2. BMW 4 Series Coupe/Convertible – 113 (up from 102)
  3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Convertible – 51 (up from 35)
  4. Audi A5 – 47 (up from 25)
  5. Audi TT – 41 (down from 48)

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Sport Cars over $200,000 – Porsche 911 sales took a tumble in November, lifting it out of its usual crown-bearing throne. Instead, Ferrari actually posted the highest sales in this class. Ferrari does cheat its way into the top position though as it doesn’t confirm which models specifically make up the numbers, which means the figure is for overall Ferrari sales for all models. Audi’s R8 moved into second place, and the Mercedes-AMG GT jumped in, leaving the 911 to fourth. The top five best-selling vehicles in the class during November 2016 were as follows:

  1. Ferrari (not specified) – 23 (up from 15)
  2. Audi R8 – 19 (up from 9)
  3. Mercedes-AMG GT – 16 (up from 8)
  4. Porsche 911 – 15 (down from 25)
  5. Bentley (not specified) – 9 (down from 14)

Combined 4×2 and 4×4 ute – It seems Nissan is forging ahead in the ever-popular ute segments, moving up from sixth position the previous month to third during November. Dominating them all of course was the Toyota HiLux. However, the Ford Ranger is right behind it. The top 10 best-selling utes (4×2 and 4×4 combined) for November 2016 were as follows:

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3839 (up from 3352 of October 2016)
  2. Ford Ranger – 3410 (up from 3217)
  3. Nissan Navara – 1938 (up from 1098)
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 1451 (down from 1602)
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 1410 (up from 1267)
  6. Holden Colorado – 1408 (up from 1358)
  7. Mazda BT-50 – 1194 (up from 945)
  8. Volkswagen Amarok – 592 (up from 572)
  9. Foton Tunland – 67 (up from 47)
  10. Great Wall Steed – 45 (up from 11)

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In the increasingly popular SUV classes, it’s getting very close in the mid-size segment with the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Trail and Mazda CX-5 all posting very close and very high figures. Volkswagen’s new Tiguan, despite all the hype of the new model, isn’t able to get near with its 1028 sales, and even the Toyota RAV4 wasn’t able to keep up with its 1593 sales.

Over in the luxury mid-size segment the Land Rover Discovery Sport posted the highest numbers, perhaps thanks to the recent release of the updated model. The Audi Q5 stopped in for second place on the eve of the new model launching locally, while the BMW X3 somehow managed third place even though it is one of the oldest models in the class.

The most popular category remains the SUV Medium under $60,000 class, with 13,609 sales in November. The figure is up 13.5 per cent compared with November 2015, and up 12.9 per cent year-to-date compared with last year.

Following behind is the SUV Large below $70,000 segment, with 9917 sales in November. The figure is down 5.2 per cent compared with November 2015, but up 1.1 per cent year-to-date.

Rounding out the top three most popular SUV segments in Australia is the SUV Small below $40,000 class. It posted 7787 sales, up 2.7 per cent compared with November 2015, yet down 1.4 per cent year-to-date.

The top three best-selling SUVs in all categories for November 2016 were as follows:

  • SUV Small above $40,000:
    BMW X1 – 319 (up from 267)
    Audi Q3 – 228 (down from 234)
    Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class – 202 (down from 623)
  • SUV Medium under $60,000:
    Mazda CX-5 – 1956 (up from 1612)
    Nissan X-Trail – 1938 (up from 1655)
    Hyundai Tucson – 1934 (up from 1845)
  • SUV Large above $70,000:
    BMW X5 – 290 (up from 282)
    Mercedes-Benz GLE – 254 (up from 202)
    Audi Q7 – 213 (up from 190)
  • SUV Upper Large above $100,000:
    Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class/GL – 100 (up from 74)
    Lexus LX – 21 (down from 35)
    Range Rover – 31 (equal)

Total new vehicle sales in Australia in November were up on October figures. During November, Australian consumers bought 98,937 vehicles, compared with 93,357 in October. Overall sales are up 0.3 per cent compared with November 2015, with year-to-date figures also up, 2.2 per cent.

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.