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Old 7th April 2011, 07:06   #1
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Default Mazda3 threatens Commodore's No.1 status in Australia

Japanese small car could end Holden large car’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling car as it leads sales race after first three months of 2011

Australia's Top 10 models year to date
1. Mazda3 11,159
2. Holden Commodore 10,644
3. Toyota Corolla 9712
4. Toyota HiLux 9411
5. Holden Cruze 7446
6. Hyundai i30 6705
7. Nissan Navara 6586
8. Hyundai Getz 5086
9. Mitsubishi Lancer 4980
10. Toyota Yaris 4629

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Old 9th April 2011, 01:40   #2
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People have become more stingy after the recession and are not willing to spend more money on fuel for large cars like the Commodore. So, these results dont really come as much of a surprise.
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Default Re: Mazda3 threatens Commodore's No.1 status in Australia

Another search brought up this old thread - thought it would be interesting to update with the latest stats:

AUSTRALIA - Top 10 models for 2015

1. Toyota Corolla — 42,073

2. Mazda 3 — 38,644

3. Toyota HiLux — 35,161

4. Hyundai i30 — 32,306

5. Ford Ranger — 29,185

6. Holden Commodore — 27,770

7. Toyota Camry — 27,654

8. Mitsubishi Triton — 25,338

9. Mazda CX-5 — 25,136

10. Volkswagen Golf — 22,092

Read more: http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/b...#ixzz401gJpRBT

This shows how much the Australian car industry has changed over the last few years.

The king of sales for so many years, the large Commodore, is now in a lowly 6th place. But an interesting fact is that almost one-third of the Commodores sold nowadays are for the 6.0 Litre V8 versions as against the standard 3.6 Litre V6.

What is saddening is that the large Ford Falcon (4.0 Litre 6 cyl), which used to compete neck & neck with the Commodore 10 years ago, has almost disappeared off the market, with the Ford factory closing this year.

Also interesting is the rise of the large "utes" (pickups) with 3 in the top 10 - Hilux, Ranger & Triton. What was once a humble tradesman's work vehicle has become a lifestyle vehicle with the dual cab 4x4 versions really popular, in spite of $50,000+ prices. Drive to office Mon-Fri & then go off road on weekends blah blah blah image!

The top sellers are all "small" cars (by Australian market nomenclature) - Corolla, Mazda 3, i30, Golf. The CX-5, based on the 3, is the most popular SUV.

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Default Re: Mazda3 threatens Commodore's No.1 status in Australia

Not surprising at all, and the numbers on the roads seem to confirm the numbers above. Even from a used cars perspective, the Mazdas command good resale value, showing strong demand even as a pre-owned vehicle.

4x4 utes are surely here to stay.
It also comes as no surprise to see Mitsubishi's Triton in the Top 10 list, clearly showing how people are willing to accept Mitsubishi in Australia, despite their dismal run in other markets.
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