Australian new vehicle sales increased 0.4% in June to 110.664 units. This marks the 8th consecutive month with year-on year gains after 31 months of decline. The H1 2021 total is up 28.3% at 567.468, which is the highest volume at this stage in the year since 2018. The market outperforms private sales by +3.6% to 54.601 units, while business fleets fall -12% to 42.670. On depleted volume year-ago, rental sales rise 192% to 54.601 units while government sales increase 10.4% to 2.800. Segment-wise SUVs are up 3.5% at 53.651 and 48.6% share, compared to 47.1% in June 2018 and 45.4% June 2019, light commercials drop 0.3% to 28.550, 25.8% share (vs. 26% June 2020 and 22.4% June 2019), and passenger cars continue their slide at -6.7% at 23.361 and 21.1% respectively vs. 22.7% last year and 28.7% June 2019. Japan falls 2.8% to 31.563, Thailand drops -10% at 25.269, South Korea rises 16.4% to 15.893, and Germany sinks 38.5% to 5341.
Toyota (-7.8%), falls to 19% share vs. 21 percent so far this year, while Mazda (+29.8%), shines in 2nd and 11% share respectively vs. 10.7% YoTD. Ford (+10.9%), which is also very solid, climbs back onto Australia’s podium for the first-time since October 2012 at #3. It has scored its highest monthly volume in four year – since June 2017. Kia (+37.8%), a dynamic brand, outsells sister Hyundai (-4.9%) for a second consecutive month. However, it is one spot lower than May and is now at #4. Mitsubishi (-24%) is at #6. It has gone from #3 YTD last year to #6 by the end June. MG (+219.2%), which triples its sales to a record 4,303, scores a fourth Top 10 finish in five months, record share (3.9%) as well as ranking (#8). Isuzu Ute (+49.2%), also breaks its all time volume record of 3.964, and signs a fourth Top 10 finish. All this occurred since November 2020. Chinese carmakers are on fire. GWM is up 237.9% (#14), volume (2.275) and share (1.9%), while LDV breaks all records thanks to sales of 64%, 1.6% share, and #16. Ssangyong (+38.5%), Renault (+49.4%), Mini (+26.7%), Skoda ( (+26.3%), and Jeep (+25.9%) all impress in the rest of the Top 30.
This month, the models ranking has been completely reshuffled. The Ford Ranger (+13.7%) breaks the volume record of 6.058 to claim the overall lead for the fourth time in Australian history. This follows September 2017, September 2020, and April 2021. The Ranger has been the #1 car in Australia three times in 10 months. This is a sign of a mid-term trend, which could threaten the Toyota Hilux (-17.2%), for the annual #1 spot. While the Ranger is still below the Hilux (2.74 units) in the YTD Order, it leads the 4×4 ute market and is on track to win the third consecutive year. The Isuzu D-Max (+92.9%), which nearly doubles its sales year-on-year and breaks its volume record for the second consecutive month, climbs to #3 for the first-ever time. This is only the second time the podium is 100% pickups alongside June 2018 (Hilux-Ranger-Triton). The Mazda CX-5 (+19.3%), is now the #1 SUV, ahead of the Toyota Prado (+9.9%), and RAV4 (+5%), which are both suffering from long wait lists and stock shortages. The Kia Cerato (+34.5%), which breaks the previous record of #5 in June 2019, October 2019 & September 2020, becomes the country’s best-selling passenger vehicle for the first ever time at #5 overall. The Hyundai i30 (-1.6%) is next at #8. The Toyota Corolla (-27.5%) drops to #10. The MG ZS (+442.7%) rises one spot to #11, while the MG3 (+90.8%), Mazda CX-30 (90.4%), and Kia Seltos (+81.9%), shine, while the MG HS (+1210.5%), and the new GWM Ute make their way into the Australian Top 30.