– By Marc Sibbald –
The final VFACTS numbers for 2016 have been released. As expected Toyota are on top with 209,610 (three thousand more than last year), Mazda came in second with 118,217 and Hyundai third selling 101,555 new cars.
The winner of 2016 was Ford who sold 10,753 more vehicles than last year. The biggest loser was Jeep dropping 11,798 compared to 2015. Holden also saw a significant drop from 2015 dipping below a 100,000 to 94,308 (8,643 less than 2015). Kia also had a fantastic year with an increase of 26.5% or 8,932 vehicles.
The premium market was strong with BMW and Mercedes-Benz experiencing double digit growth while Lexus and Audi recorded smaller increases. Land Rover increased sales by 1,712 (14.4%) and Jaguar recorded a massive 132.8% increase or 1,716 vehicles (829 were with the new F-Pace SUV which is a fantastic car to drive and has the looks to match).
The top selling models were:
- Toyota HiLux – 42,104 (11,028 4X2, 31,076 4X4)
- Toyota Corolla – 40,330
- Hyundai i30 – 37,772
- Ford Ranger – 36,934 (6,054 4X2, 30,880 4X4)
- Mazda3 – 36,107
- Toyota Camry – 26,485
- Holden Commodore – 25,860
Overall SUV sales increased but the Medium SUV segment (CX-5, Tucson, RAV4 and X-Trail) was where the big increase in sales were recorded. Surprisingly the Medium SUV over $60k (Discovery Sport, Q5, GLC-Class and X3) saw an increase of 45.2%.
In the large car segment the Holden Commodore showed it still has something to offer new car buyers with 25,860 vehicles hitting the road in 2016. And sadly the Falcon, in its last year of sales and production, only managed 4,434 vehicles (out sold by the Mustang with 6,208 units).
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