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Small Cars a Popular Choice in November

The Toyota Corolla was Australia's top selling car last month, with 3,894 sold. The Mazda3 came in second (3,666), followed by the Toyota Hilux (3,368), Hyundai i30 (3,157) and Holden Commodore (3,097).

The top five results highlight the growing popularity of small cars, with three of the five cars falling within the small car segment (Corolla, Mazda3 and i30). November sales in this segment were up 5.7 per cent compared to those from same month in 2012, and year to date sales were up 6.6 per cent.

Growth in the small SUV market also continued with sales up 32.9 per cent compared to November 2012, and 22.7 per cent compared to the same year to date period last year.

Releasing the November 2013 VFACTS report, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber said sales of passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles last month totalled 96,924, down 1.4 per cent (or 1,423 vehicles) on November 2012 sales figures. This was a result of a significant decline in sales in Queensland (down 9.8 per cent) and Western Australia (down 15.9 per cent).

Nationally; however, year to date sales are up 2.2 per cent compared to same period in 2012, with 1,039,471 vehicles sold between January and November 2013.

Government and business purchases continued to decrease last month, with sales down 9.2 and 5.2 per cent (totalling 3,817 and 35,756), respectively, compared to November 2012.

Private sales grew 2.8 per cent to total 49,406. Private sales of light commercials and SUVs, in particular, increased significantly, rising 36.1 and 19 per cent (totalling 6,608 and 16,213), respectively, compared to November 2012.

Toyota held the top sales position in the November monthly market with 18,098 vehicle sales, ahead of Holden with 10,477, Hyundai with 8,530, Mazda with 8,399 and Ford with 7,914.

The Australian-made Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry and Holden Cruze were all in the top ten for sales.

For more information, contact:
Sheena Ireland, Communications Manager
02 6229 8221 / 0458 038 555
Sheena.ireland@fcai.com.au