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Car sales stats: Commodore the biggest loser

Posted on: May 15, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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The latest new car sales statistics show the Holden Commodore has slumped to an all time-low. The iconic model which was number one for so long has dropped to 13th position and imported brands from rival makers have reduced Holden down to fifth place in the manufacturers’ rankings behind Toyota, Mazda, Nissan and Hyundai. Clearly buyers are preferring small cars and SUVs.

Once Australia’s favourite car, the Holden Commodore is now comfortably outsold by stable mates in the Captiva SUV and small Cruze, which has been in run-out mode to make way for an updated model.

Camry outsold Commodore in November 2012 for the first time in 17 years, and Commodore sales have plummeted since.

The Mazda3 (both sedan and hatch) has been Australia’s most popular car for the past two years with the Corolla also right up there.

Toyota’s HiLux was the most popular Ute, and incredibly the third best-selling car in the country. (Land Rover and Hyundai are understandably considering one-tonne utes, as four workhorse utilities feature in the top 10 cars bought by Australians.)

Nissan also enjoyed strong sales, with its eleventh consecutive monthly record sales result and second highest monthly figure it has achieved in Australia.

The Top 10 cars so far this year are: Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Hilux, Hyundai i30, Nissan Navara, Holden Cruze, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Camry, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Ranger.

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