Australia car market up 10% in November 2012. Honda up, VW down.

In November, the light passenger vehicles market posted 99.347 sales, up 10.9% from last year, touching the 11th year-on-year increase in a string. Year-to-date sales were 1.009.166, up 9.0%.

The Australian economy is living a real positive momentum. The GDP growth in the Q3 was 0.5% from the previous quarter and was broadly in line with expectations. It followed a rise of 1.4% in Q1 and a growth of 0.6% in Q2. Annual 2012 GDP growth was projected at 3.1%. In November 13.900 new jobs were created, taking the total gain for the past year to 121.000(or + 1.1%). The unemployment rate was 5.2. For the next year, the scenario should not change and the automotive sector should further increase.

Looking at the last month best brands performance:

Toyota sold 19.312 units with a share of 19.6%, quite stable over previous months. Year-to-date sales were 197.007 with a share of 19.7%. The pick-up Hilux left the market leadership to the Corolla

Holden in 2rd sold 10.354 vehicles with a share of 10.5, down 0.2 from the previous month and Q3. Year-to-date sales were 105.938 with a share of 10.6%. The best-selling model, the Commodore, place 6th this month, while Cruze and Colorado where respectively 7th and 9th.

Mazda recovered the 3rd place, selling 8.732 vehicles with a share of 8.9%, up 0.8 points of share from the previous month, but down 0.5 from Q3. Year-to-date sales were 94.332 with a share of 9.4%. The top model was the Mazda3, was 2nd, confirming the year-to-date leadership.

Ford was 4th (5th year-to-date) with 8.539 and a share of 8.7%, down 0.1 points from the previous month, but up 0.5 from Q3. Year-to-date sales were 83.149 with a share of 8.3%. The top model was the Ranger in 6th, while the Focus was 10th.

Hyundai was 5th with 7.756 units and a share of 7.9%, flat from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 84.298 with a share of 8.4%. The top model was the i30, this months dropped out of Top 10, placing in 11th.

Nissan was 6th with 7.006 sales and a share of 7.1%, up 0.1 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 71.562 with a share of 7.1%. The top model was the Navarra, 8th.

Mitsubishi was 7th with 5.008 sales and a share of 5.1%, down 0.5 from the previous month and 0.4 from the year-to-date. The top model was the Triton, 16th.

Volkswagen was 8th, with 4.370 sales and a share of 4.4%, down 1.4 points of share from October which was the best yearly performance. However, November was quite negative, at the lowest share of the year. Year-to-date VW was 8th with 52.152 sales. If October had benefit from Golf run out, November was penalized by the wait for new generation, with Golf dropped from 7th to 27th place.

As far as the others competitors, we would like to mention rumors about Kia decision to import vehicles from East European plant in Žilina, Slovakia. Vehicles imported could be the Sportage and the Cee’d.

In the table below, the Top 20 Brands ranked by year-to-date position:

Rank

Brand

Nov

Ytd Nov

Q2

Q3

Oct

Nov

Ytd Nov

1

Toyota

19.312

197.007

20,9%

19,5%

19,4%

19,6%

19,7%

2

Holden

10.354

105.938

9,7%

10,7%

10,7%

10,5%

10,6%

3

Mazda

8.732

94.332

9,1%

9,4%

8,1%

8,9%

9,4%

4

Hyundai

7.756

84.298

8,4%

8,5%

7,9%

7,9%

8,4%

5

Ford

8.529

83.149

8,3%

8,2%

8,8%

8,7%

8,3%

6

Nissan

7.006

71.562

7,1%

6,9%

7,0%

7,1%

7,1%

7

Mitsubishi

5.008

54.786

5,5%

4,9%

5,6%

5,1%

5,5%

8

Volkswagen

4.370

52.152

5,3%

5,6%

5,8%

4,4%

5,2%

9

Subaru

3.212

37.194

3,9%

3,5%

3,4%

3,3%

3,7%

10

Honda

4.005

32.193

3,5%

3,4%

3,0%

4,1%

3,2%

11

Kia

2.510

28.943

3,1%

2,8%

3,1%

2,6%

2,9%

12

Suzuki

1.895

21.997

2,3%

2,2%

2,1%

1,9%

2,2%

13

Mercedes

2.181

20.313

2,1%

2,1%

2,0%

2,2%

2,0%

14

BMW

1.675

16.907

1,7%

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

15

Jeep

1.713

15.484

1,5%

1,7%

1,8%

1,7%

1,5%

16

Audi

1.242

14.257

1,2%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

17

Great Wall

870

10.175

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

0,9%

1,0%

18

Land Rover

642

7.310

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

19

Isuzu

788

7.066

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

20

Lexus

907

6.468

0,7%

0,6%

0,7%

0,9%

0,6%

Looking deeper at top models sales, the year-to-date leader, the Toyota Hilux, fell in 4th place with 3.059 sales. November leader was the Toyota Corolla with 4.190 units and a share of 4.3%, boomed from the 3.1% of October. The Mazda 3 was 3rd with 3.703 units and Toyota Camry was 3rd with 3.145 sales and a share of 3.2%, outstanding in spite lower than October.

Holden Commodore was 5th, while the Ford Ranger was 6th, up 3 spots, with 2.187 units, followed by Holden Cruze, Nissan Navarra , Holden Colorado and Ford Focus.

Behind, Hyundai i30 dropped in 11th from 5th, while the i20 surged in 12th from 28th and Mazda MX-5 was 13th from 22nd.

In the table below the Top 30 models ranked for last month position:

Rank Nov

Rank Oct

Rank Ytd

Model

Nov

Ytd Nov

Q2

Q3

Oct

Nov

Ytd Nov

1

4

3

Toyota Corolla

4.190

35.256

3,4%

3,3%

3,1%

4,3%

3,5%

2

3

1

Mazda3

3.703

39.479

3,6%

3,9%

3,5%

3,8%

3,9%

3

2

7

Toyota Camry

3.145

23.644

2,0%

2,3%

3,5%

3,2%

2,4%

4

1

2

Toyota Hilux

3.059

37.526

4,4%

4,3%

3,6%

3,1%

3,7%

5

6

4

Holden Commodore

2.659

28.334

2,7%

2,7%

2,6%

2,7%

2,8%

6

9

12

Ford Ranger

2.187

16.459

1,6%

1,9%

2,2%

2,2%

1,6%

7

8

5

Holden Cruze

2.115

27.257

2,9%

2,4%

2,4%

2,2%

2,7%

8

10

8

Nissan Navara

2.057

23.354

2,5%

2,2%

2,2%

2,1%

2,3%

9

11

25

Holden Colorado

1.956

10.972

1,4%

0,8%

1,1%

2,0%

1,1%

10

12

10

Ford Focus

1.920

16.671

1,5%

1,5%

1,8%

2,0%

1,7%

11

5

6

Hyundai i30

1.886

26.098

2,6%

2,7%

3,0%

1,9%

2,6%

12

28

22

Hyundai i20

1.814

12.157

0,7%

1,4%

1,2%

1,8%

1,2%

13

22

18

Mazda CX-5

1.637

14.255

1,8%

1,8%

1,1%

1,7%

1,4%

14

17

13

Mazda2

1.561

16.185

1,5%

1,6%

1,4%

1,6%

1,6%

15

20

38

Honda Civic

1.561

8.183

1,0%

0,8%

0,6%

1,6%

0,8%

16

15

14

Mitsubishi Triton

1.512

16.040

2,0%

1,3%

1,2%

1,5%

1,6%

17

18

9

Toyota Yaris

1.395

16.860

1,9%

1,6%

1,4%

1,4%

1,7%

18

14

16

Nissan X-Trail

1.326

15.007

1,5%

1,4%

1,6%

1,3%

1,5%

19

21

17

Mitsubishi Lancer

1.302

14.287

1,4%

1,2%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

20

25

19

Ford Territory

1.296

13.755

1,5%

1,3%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

21

27

24

Nissan Dualis

1.293

11.796

1,3%

1,2%

1,0%

1,3%

1,2%

22

19

15

Toyota Prado

1.236

15.732

1,9%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,6%

23

16

20

Ford Falcon

1.206

12.925

1,2%

1,3%

1,5%

1,2%

1,3%

24

23

21

Toyota RAV4

1.101

12.862

1,4%

1,2%

1,0%

1,1%

1,3%

25

26

27

Holden Barina

1.021

10.828

1,1%

1,0%

0,4%

1,0%

1,1%

26

24

23

Toyota Kluger

1.013

12.040

1,3%

1,3%

0,7%

1,0%

1,2%

27

7

11

Volkswagen Golf

992

16.621

1,7%

1,7%

2,5%

1,0%

1,7%

28

33

29

Holden Captiva7

983

10.434

0,9%

1,2%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

29

31

26

Mazda BT-50

893

10.946

1,1%

1,1%

1,2%

0,9%

1,1%

30

30

28

Suzuki Swift

802

10.609

1,1%

1,0%

1,0%

0,8%

1,1%

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