Australia October. Australia’s history of car manufacturing comes to an end

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Australia Vehicles Market in October posted the highest sales ever, up 2.6%. However, following the similar decision taken by Toyota last month, GM closed the Holden plant at Elizabeth and Australia’s history of car manufacturing comes to an end.

Australian economy continues to perform relatively well heading into the final quarter of the year, with consumer confidence and business confidence rising in October and September, respectively, and employment growth remaining strong. Recent signs of higher non-mining investment are particularly positive, and point to a rebalancing of the economy away from the primary sector. This comes after growth picked up in Q2 on the back of higher public investment and consumer spending, and a healthier external sector. However, clouds fleck the economic horizon. Wage growth remains subdued despite a strong labor market, which was likely behind disappointing retail sales figures for July and August.

Australian Automotive Industry stopped the production on October 20th, 2017, as General Motors shut down the local arm after a century. Holden had began as an Adelaide saddlery and converted to car body building during World War I, before signing an agreement with the American group in the 1923. In September, after 54 long years, Toyota has officially ended production in Australia following the closure of the Altona plant near Melbourne, following  Ford’s similar move in October last year.

Australian vehicles market continues its expansion, moderate, by grade, but endless. In the last five years annual car passenger’s sales grew from 1.072.000 in 2012 to the actual record of 1.165.000 in the 2016 and this year is proceeding flat over last year. In the 2018 sales are projected down, marginally.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 e 2018 e
Car+LCV 1.078.142 1.100.175 1.077.384 1.137.796 1.165.779 1.157.280 1.117.080
  2012 Var 2013 Var 2014 Var 2015 Var 2016 Var 2017 Var e. 2018 var e
Car+LCV 7,9% 2,0% -2,1% 5,6% 2,5% -0,7% -3,5%

According to data released by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructures, in the first half total sales had been 599.574, up 0.5% and the third quarter was flat again. In October sales have been 94.600 (+2.6%) the highest October ever, with year to date figures at 972.538, up 0.1%.

So far this year, the Market leader has beaten the industry average. In fact Toyota sold 180.681 vehicles (+5.3%) with market share at 18.7%.

In second place Mazda with 97.917 units (-0.7%) ahead of Hyundai with 82.055 (-5.2%), Holden with 70.172 sales (-11.0%), Ford with 66.250 units (-2.5%), Mitsubishi with 64.955 (+6.9%), Volkswagen with 47.504 (+0.8%) and Nissan with 46.936 (-15.3%).

At Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux on top with 39.041 sales (+14.2%) followed by the Ford Ranger with 35.694 (+18.4%), the Toyota Corolla with 31.753 (-7.6%) and the Mazda3 with 27.419 (-8.9%).

Updates of the Top 100 best-selling models are available here.

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Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank 2017 Rank Oct Brand Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct Share 2017 Share Oct
1 1 Toyota 180.681 17.836 5,3% 9,1% 18,7% 19,0%
2 3 Mazda 97.917 8.054 -0,7% 1,7% 10,2% 8,6%
3 2 Hyundai 82.055 8.800 -5,2% 1,1% 8,5% 9,4%
4 4 Holden 70.172 7.726 -11,0% 2,7% 7,3% 8,2%
5 5 Ford 66.250 5.785 -2,5% -11,1% 6,9% 6,2%
6 6 Mitsubishi 64.955 5.550 6,9% 6,2% 6,7% 5,9%
7 7 Volkswagen 47.504 4.941 0,8% 1,5% 4,9% 5,3%
8 9 Nissan 46.936 4.565 -15,3% -17,6% 4,9% 4,9%
9 10 Kia 46.425 4.255 29,7% 20,1% 4,8% 4,5%
10 8 Subaru 44.114 4.667 13,2% 12,7% 4,6% 5,0%
11 11 Honda 37.311 3.870 12,7% 13,7% 3,9% 4,1%
12 12 Mercedes 34.334 2.992 0,4% -13,9% 3,6% 3,2%
13 15 BMW 20.689 1.783 -15,0% -1,1% 2,1% 1,9%
14 13 Isuzu 20.422 2.124 8,9% 17,6% 2,1% 2,3%
15 14 Audi 18.047 2.003 -9,8% 9,7% 1,9% 2,1%
16 16 Suzuki 16.269 1.559 -0,3% 3,9% 1,7% 1,7%
17 17 Land Rover 10.724 1.149 -6,5% 43,6% 1,1% 1,2%
18 18 Renault 8.896 926 1,2% -33,9% 0,9% 1,0%
19 19 Lexus 7.668 870 -1,6% 12,5% 0,8% 0,9%
20 20 Jeep 6.916 621 -35,1% -31,7% 0,7% 0,7%
Rank 2017 Rank Oct Model Sales 2017 Sales Oct Var 2017 Var Oct
1 2 Toyota Hilux 39.041 3.812 14,2% 13,7%
2 4 Ford Ranger 35.694 3.074 18,4% -4,4%
3 3 Toyota Corolla 31.753 3.088 -7,6% -3,8%
4 8 Mazda3 27.419 1.962 -8,9% -10,5%
5 1 Hyundai i30 25.086 3.983 -22,6% 46,5%
6 6 Mazda CX-5 21.360 2.173 3,2% 34,8%
7 7 Toyota Camry 20.498 2.057 9,7% -3,7%
8 16 Hyundai Tucson 20.401 1.420 21,3% -23,0%
9 5 Holden Commodore 19.612 2.418 -9,4% 15,1%
10 9 Mitsubishi Triton 19.208 1.857 4,7% 85,3%
11 12 Toyota RAV4 17.364 1.760 5,6% 17,2%
12 13 Holden Colorado 16.456 1.587 4,4% 16,9%
13 18 Kia Cerato 15.977 1.306 45,0% 8,8%
14 10 Volkswagen Golf 15.472 1.808 -10,8% 20,9%
15 11 Nissan X-Trail 15.453 1.762 2,3% 6,5%
16 14 Mitsubishi ASX 15.327 1.542 1,4% -6,5%
17 21 Mazda CX-3 14.869 1.176 -4,0% 0,0%
18 20 Hyundai Accent 14.641 1.203 -4,8% -40,1%
19 15 Isuzu D-Max 13.965 1.496 6,8% 18,1%
20 27 Mitsubishi Outlander 13.839 904 41,8% 0,0%

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