SUVs and Utes dominate new car sales
Light commercial vehicles and SUVs made up nine of the top 10 selling vehicles in November underlining Australians’ overwhelming preference for these two body styles.
Perennial market leader Toyota sold more than 20,000 cars in November, almost two times its nearest competitor, Mazda (7,549). More than one in five new cars sold in November wore a Toyota badge thanks to strong sales of Corolla hatch and sedan (3,732), RAV4 SUV (2,282), Prado SUV (1,045), Landcruiser Wagon (1,477) and the brand’s new Corolla Cross compact SUV (789), in addition to the market-leading HiLux ute (5,440).
Ford rounded out the podium with 5,073 sales, up 15.3 per cent over the same month last year, thanks almost entirely to Ford Ranger, which accounted for more than 70 per cent of the brand’s sales. The new Ranger-based Everest SUV realised 1,312 sales, contributing to almost 20 per cent of Ford sales.
Kia (6,120) had another bumper month, with sales surging 24.5 per cent year on year off the back of strong growth from its range of medium and large SUVs: Sportage (1,844) and Sorento (1,063). Kia’s sales growth was enough to send the brand past sister brand Hyundai by more than 600 vehicles.
Other mainstream brands to win big in November included MG (up 46 per cent thanks to surging sales of its ZS SUV), Subaru (up 36.5 per cent with Forester SUV sales more than doubling compared to November 2021) and GWM Haval (up 47.8 per cent).
November was a mixed month for premium brands. Audi (up 28.2 per cent), Alfa Romeo (up 22 per cent), Mercedes-Benz (up 5.9 per cent), Porsche (up 43.6 per cent) and Volvo (up 59.4 per cent) were among the European brands to grow sales compared to the same month last year. However, November wasn’t so kind for BMW (down 26.7 per cent), Land Rover (down 5.5 per cent), Lexus (down 9.7 per cent) and MINI (down 41.1 per cent).