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Australian & New Zealand April 2008 Sales Results: Toyota HiLux Tops Sales Charts!!!

Australian April 2008 Sales Results

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
5 May 2008
www.fcai.com.au

Australian motor vehicle sales achieved an all time April record, with car buyers apparently still undeterred by recent rises in interest rates.

Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that a total of 84,061 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month: an increase of 11.2 per cent on April 2007.

"While the April result was boosted by the early timing of Easter, which fell in March, the underlying sales trend remains notably strong and resilient," said the Chief Executive of the FCAI, Andrew McKellar.

Year-to-date the car market is now up by 5.1 per cent on the all-time record year of 2007.

"Private motorists are buying cars at the same rate as last year (up 0.6 per cent YTD) and business purchases have risen by 12.6 per cent so far this year," he said.

"The FCAI forecast of one million vehicle sales this year remains firm," said Mr McKellar.

The main drivers of market growth last month were small cars, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and Light Trucks.

In the Passenger Vehicle Market, the small car segment rose by 3603 vehicle or 24.0 per cent over April last year, while the medium car segment (up 755 or 11.4 per cent) and the light car segment (up 505 of 5.3 per cent) also contributed.

The Light Truck market grew by 3077 or 22.6 per cent, with the Pick-up/Cab-chassis (PU/CC) 4x4 and PU/CC 4x2 segments adding 1403 and 922 sales respectively.

The van segment also grew by 686 vehicles or 42.7 per cent.

Toyota remained the top-selling marque in April with 24.8 per cent of the market, followed by Holden with 12.1 per cent and Ford with 9.8 per cent.

So far this year Toyota leads the sales race with 81,062 from Holden with 44,037 and Ford with 34,533.


Top Australian Brands April 2008

Brand - Sales
1. Toyota - 20,842
2. Holden - 10,193
3. Ford - 8246
4. Mazda - 6749
5. Mitsubishi - 5014

More will be posted when available


Top Australian Vehicles April 2008

Vehicle - Sales
1. Toyota HiLux - 3814
2. Toyota Corolla - 3722
3. Holden Commodore - 3324
4. Mazda 3 - 2811
5. Toyota Camry - 2137
6. Toyota Yaris - 2063
7. Ford Falcon - 1884
8. Toyota Aurion - 1861
9. Nissan Navara - 1684

10. Honda Civic - 1619
11. Ford Ranger - 1520
12. Holden Rodeo - 1515
13. Ford Focus - 1465
14. Hyundai Getz - 1448
15. Mitsubishi Triton - 1421
16. Mitsubishi Lancer - 1317
17. Holden Ute - 1269
18. Toyota Kluga - 1268
19. Toyota RAV4 - 1191
20. Toyota Prado - 1157

Holden Astra - 1154
Toyota LandCruiser - 1124
Mazda 2 - 1140
Volkswagen Golf - 1083
Ford Territory - 1073
Hyundai i30 - 994
Holden Barina - 993
Mazda BT-50 - 961
Subaru Impreza - 952
Mazda 6 - 942

Holden Captiva - 909
Ford Ute - 877
Mitsubishi Outlander - 824
Nissan Tiida - 741
Ford Fiesta - 640
Mitsubishi Pajero - 553
Holden Viva - 467
Mazda CX-9 - 457
Mazda CX-7 - 350
Ford Mondeo - 329

Hyundai Elantra - 297
Toyota Prius - 281
Mitsubishi 380 - 277
Suzuki SX4 - 267
Holden Caprice - 145
Holden Statesman - 86
Ford Fairlane - 11



New Zealand April 2008 Sales Results

Motor Industry Association New Zealand
5 May 2008
www.mia.org.nz

April new vehicle sales continue at record pace.

Despite the tightening economy having its effect on other sectors, new vehicle sales in April continued to set records. Although April is seasonally one of the slower months for the vehicle market, April 2008 (helped by the extra selling days arising from Easter falling in March) produced sales of 5551 new car sales and 2022 new commercial vehicles. New car sales were 13.6% higher than in April 2007 and new commercial vehicle sales were 16.8% ahead of the same month last year.

“New vehicle dealers continue to do very good business,” said Motor Industry Association CEO Perry Kerr. “This was the best April for new commercial vehicle sales for 26 years, and the best April for new car sales since 1990. The first four months of the year have produced 5.8% more new car sales than the same period last year, and for new commercial vehicle sales the increase is 10.7%.”

Toyota continued to lead the market for both cars and commercial vehicles, and for the month of April the surprise second place-getter for new car sales was Hyundai.

Corolla continues as the country’s favourite new car model on a year to date basis, although Commodore took the honours for the month of April.


Top New Zealand Brands April 2008

Brand - Sales - Last Month

1. Toyota - 1337 - 1st
2. Ford - 882 - 3rd
3. Holden - 678 - 2nd
4. Nissan - 620 - 7th
5. Mazda - 567 - 5th
6. Hyundai - 541 - 9th
7. Mitsubishi - 517 - 4th
8. Suzuki - 453 - 8th
9. Honda - 429 - 6th
10. Kia - 182 - 11th

11. Volkswagen - 158 - 10th
12. Subaru - 153 - 15th
13. Audi - 84 - 12th
14. Daihatsu - 80 - 14th
15. Peugeot - 78 - 13th
16. Mercedes Benz - 78 - 17th
17. BMW - 55 - 16th


Top New Zealand Vehicles April 2008

Vehicle - Sales
1. Holden Commodore - 329
2. Toyota Corolla - 303
3. Suzuki Swift - 269
4= Hyundai Getz - 164
4= Mazda 6 - 164
6. Ford Mondeo - 146
7. Honda Jazz - 145
8. Hyundai Accent - 142
9. Mazda 3 - 141
10. Honda Accord - 122

11= Mazda2 - 112
11= Mitsubishi Outlander - 112
11= Nissan Tiida - 112
14. Ford Territory - 109
15. Ford Focus - 108

Ford Falcon - 67
Toyota Camry - 78
Suzuki SX4 - 84
Mitsubishi Lancer - 73



 

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Toyota HiLux Tops The Sales Charts In April

Richard Blackburn
5 May 2008
www.drive.com.au


The Toyota HiLux has unseated the Holden Commodore and Toyota Corolla as the top selling vehicle in the country.

The Toyota HiLux utility was Australia’s top selling vehicle in April, toppling both the Toyota Corolla and the Holden Commodore.

It is the first time a utility vehicle has taken the mantle of Australia’s top seller.

Ute sales have grown strongly in the last couple of years, fuelled by the resource boom, a break in the drought in some rural areas and a trend towards utes being used as recreational, private vehicles.

Toyota’s divisional manager, national sales, Tony Cramb, says the 3814 HiLux sales were a result of improved supply of the vehicle from Thailand.

“The demand has always been there, it was really just a case of freeing up supply from the factory,” he says.

“The mining boom in Western Australia and Queensland has been a factor and we’ve also seen more demand from farmers in areas where the drought has broken,” he says.

There is also a growing demand from private buyers, particularly for diesel four-wheel-drive “double cab” models with five seats.

“A lot of people are customising their trucks like over in the US. The 4WD double cab diesel is really hot at the moment and a lot of that is lifestyle driven,” he says.

Sales of two-wheel-drive utes are up 15.9 per cent, while 4WD sales have grown by 5 per cent.

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The Hilux is a compact truck very similar to the American Tacoma. Much of the reason it dominates the market is probably due to Australians not being too keen of large pickup trucks, thus resorting to a much smaller truck in the Hilux. Fleet sales also probably play a part.

Conversely in the U.S., the Big three automaker's full-size trucks dominate the sales charts partially due to fleet sales, but also because of many American's desire to buy much more vehicle than they will ever need (i.e. people who never tow or haul anything worthy of a full-size, but buy one after another anyway).

"Bigger is better" doesn't exactly fit into the Australian point of view when buying vehicles. And I for the life of me cannot figure out why so many people have that view here in America. To each his own, I guess.

BTW sorry for the rant. Just letting of some steam from an oil dependency debate.

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Ah, so Holden needs more than one competitive vehicle in Australia? GM needs to hire some more MBA's to figure things like this out.
 

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It's been a long day but I couldn't see the Falcon on the list.
 

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The results is a bit skewed since they no longer count the commodore sedan and commodore ute as the one car. Both ute and sedan comes from the same plant, an increase in ute would decrease the sedan sales. Couple this with the Pontiac G8 and you would have a decrease in overall commodore sales in Australia. This is what holden wants, they dont want resale to plummet by over supplying and certainly dont want the commodore cheap and affordable image. Holden is now aiming for the higher end of town, hence all their Holden v BMW marketing.
 

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I've slightly adjusted the NZ figures, as Mercedes Benz and FIAT were boosted by strong demand for Commercials (Which put FIAT in 5th place for the Euro brands)

New Zealand Top 20 brands
1. Toyota- 1337
2. Ford-
3. Holden-
4. Nissan- 620
5. Mazda- 567
6. Hyundai- 541
7. Mitsubishi- 517
8. Suzuki- 453
9. Honda- 429
10. Kia- 182
11. Volkswagen- 156
12. Subaru- 153
13. Mercedes Benz- 98
14. Audi- 84
15. Daihatsu- 80
16. Peugeot- 78
17. FIAT- 60
18. BMW- 55
19. Lexus- 50
20. Chrysler- 29

Others- Jeep (28), MINI (28), Citroen (27), Skoda (25), Land Rover (22), Ssangyong (19), Alfa Romeo (18), Porsche (15), Volvo (14), Dodge (11), Jaguar (7), Renault (5), Saab (4), Maserati (3), Ferrari (2), Bentley (1).

Top 15 Models
1. Holden Commodore- 329
2. Toyota Corolla- 303
3. Suzuki Swift- 269
4= Hyundai Getz- 164
4= Mazda6- 164
6. Ford Mondeo- 146
7. Honda Jazz- 145
8. Hyundai Accent- 142
9. Mazda3- 141
10. Honda Accord- 122
11= Mazda2- 112
11= Mitsubishi Outlander- 112
11= Nissan Tiida- 112
14. Ford Territory- 109
15. Ford Focus- 108

OTHERS: Ford Falcon (67), Toyota Camry (78), Suzuki SX4 (84), Mitsubishi Lancer (73)


Top 15 YTD
1. Toyota Corolla- 2013
2. Holden Commodore- 1719
3. Suzuki Swift- 1203
4. Mazda6- 693
5. Mazda3- 646
6= Ford Mondeo- 629
6= Honda Jazz- 629
8. Ford Falcon- 607
9. Honda Civic- 531
10. Mazda2- 516
11. Suzuki SX4- 503
12. Mitsubishi Outlander- 501
13. Honda Accord- 493
14. Mitsubishi Lancer- 488
15. Toyota Camry- 485
 

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Re: Australian & New Zealand April 2008 Sales Results: Toyota HiLux Tops Sales Charts

Where's Camry and Aurion on the Australian sales list?
 

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Where's Camry and Aurion on the Australian sales list?
looks like they've stopped selling it
 

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I know for a fact Camry was fifth for the month (Carpoint)
 

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I've said it a thousand times before ....... hurry up with a Torana already!!
And Ford ..... hurry up with a Cortina or Escort!
AND HURRY UP WITH YOUR DIESELS.
all in all ........ JUST HURRY UP.
 

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Time for the new T370 pickups and SUVs to whip the Hilux and 4runner's butt.

And Holden obviously isn't serious about their small cars with the GMDAT re-badges.

If GM can put out some really fuel efficient and desirable small cars, like the euro market Focus and Fiesta, as well as put out extremely durable, reliable, and off road capable T370 Colorados and Trailblazers, then Holden would be pretty good.

The key is those world market small/midsized trucks and SUVs and the world market small cars. We can sell them here, too.

America buys full sized trucks because we have large toys and what not to tow around, but most could probalby make due with a smaller truck....if there were a desirable one out there. The Colorado cost too much for what you get. Only the Tacoma and Frontier are at the high quality level now. For those prices, they have to have the same quality as the full sizers and the T355 twins don't right now.

I'd love to see a 250 hp 23mpg crew cab colorado with the Silverado's dashboard. Maybe they will sell me one with a manual. That would be awesome.
 

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TRD Hilux
I think it looks better than the Tundra - sharp looking little truck there...
 

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I wish we could get the HiLux here. Pound for pound it's the toughest truck out there, better than the Tacoma.
 

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Kluger?
 

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I've been seeing a lot of them out on the roads and it's reflected in the sales figures... those Hyundai i30s are quite popular! They probably really out-sell the Elantra. Now imagine if Kia brought over the C'eed. That'd blow the Cerato out of the water quicker than you could say "lame duck"
 

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Funny, the Commodore is so much more preferable to the HiLux, though apparently I'm in the minority on that call. It's a nice little truck, I suppose, but number one is sales?!

So, tell us people from Oz, was there a special rebate to promote this victory? Is this a one-month thing?
 
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