Toyota Corolla, Australia’s top selling car in record 2013 market

6th January, 2014

Australians bought a record 1,136,227 cars in 2013. The most popular choice was the Toyota Corolla, with 43,498 sales (3.8 per cent of the market). The Corolla was followed by the Mazda3 (42,082), Toyota HiLux (39,931) Hyundai i30 (30,582) and Holden Commodore (27,766). 

Toyota also took the title of top selling brand with 18.9 per cent of the market. It was followed by Holden with 9.9 per cent, Mazda with 9.1 per cent, Hyundai with 8.5 per cent and Ford with 7.7 per cent.

Releasing the 2013 full-year sales results, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said he saw some interesting trends in 2013. This included the continuing popularity of the small passenger car, the strong growth in the small SUV market and the significant increase in private buyer purchases of light commercial vehicles.

“Passenger cars remained the largest selling category in 2013 with 49.9 per cent of the market. However, this is a slight decrease compared to 2012, where passenger cars held 51.7 per cent of the market,” Mr Weber said.

“The SUV and light commercial segments increased their share of the market in 2013, holding 29.4 and 18 per cent, respectively, compared to 27.6 and 17.8 per cent in 2012.”

Sales in most states and territories across Australia rose in 2013 compared to 2012; however, sales in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia decreased slightly (by around 1­–2 per cent in each jurisdiction). Tasmania saw exceptional growth, up 14.6 per cent compared to 2012. Sales in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales grew by around 2.5 per cent and sales in South Australia and Victoria grew by around 4 per cent.

In 2013, government purchases were down a significant 20.2 per cent, or 10,291 vehicles. Business purchases were also down by a total of 1.1 per cent. However, business purchases in the SUV segment increased by 5.9 per cent.

Private sales were up a total of 8.1 per cent. This included a 37.2 per cent rise in private purchases of light commercial vehicles.

The Australian-made Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry and Holden Cruze were all in the top ten list for sales in 2013. The Ford Falcon also features in the top 20.

The 1,136,227 sales is 2.2 per cent higher than the 2012 sales result of 1,112,032 vehicles.

SALES RESULTS

Source: VFACTS

Top 10 manufacturers (by sales volume):

Rank

Brand

2013

2012

% diff

1.

Toyota

214,630

218,176

-1.6%

2.

Holden

112,059

114,665

-2.3%

3.

Mazda

103,144

103,886

-0.7%

4.

Hyundai

97,006

91,536

6.0%

5.

Ford

87,236

90,408

-3.5%

6.

Nissan

76,733

79,747

-3.8%

7.

Mitsubishi

71,528

58,868

21.5%

8.

Volkswagen

54,892

54,835

0.1%

9.

Subaru

40,200

40,189

0.0%

10.

Honda

39,258

35,812

9.6

Top 10 individual models (by sales volume):

 

Rank

Vehicle

2013

2012

% diff

1.

Toyota Corolla 

43498

38799

12%

2.

Mazda3

42082

44128

-5%

3.

Toyota HiLux

39931

40646

-2%

4.

Hyundai i30

30582

28348

8%

5.

Holden Commodore 

27766

30532

-9%

6.

Toyota Camry 

24860

27230

-9%

7.

Mitsubishi Triton

24512

18502

32%

8.

Holden Cruze 

24421

29161

-16%

9.

Nissan Navara 

24108

26045

-7%

10.

Ford Ranger

21752

18097

20%

State/Territory results (by sales volume):

 

State/Territory

2013

2012

% diff

Australian Capital Territory 

17,860

17,435

2.4%

New South Wales

351,050

341,211

2.9%

Northern Territory

11,393

11,598

-1.8%

Queensland

233,139

235,025

-0.8%

South Australia 

70,491

67,999

3.7%

Tasmania 

19,458

16,981

14.6%

Victoria 

307,292

293,778

4.6%

Western Australia

125,544

128,005

-1.9%

Total

1,136,227

1,112,032

2.2%

...ends

VFACTS monthly vehicle sales data is available at Midday on the 3rd working day after the end of every month. Select data and media releases on the sales results are available at www.fcai.com.au

Copies of Tony Weber’s speech are available on request.

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Sheena Ireland, Communications Manager
P: 02 6229 8221
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E: sheena.ireland@fcai.com.au

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