Light commercial vehicles and SUVs lifted new-car sales to unprecedented levels last month, setting a new (November) record of 101,365 vehicles sold.
November added to the sales growth in Australia over the course of 2017, as Tony Weber explained, in his capacity of Chief Executive for the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
"The momentum built in the market over the past few months appears to be continuing so we’re on target for another record year," Weber was quoted saying in a press release issued today.
To achieve a new record in 2017 the market will only need to register around 92,000 cars during December, thus smashing last year's total of 1,178,133.
Buyers purchased nearly 99,000 cars in December 2016 and December sales have not been as low as 92,000 units since 2011.
Year-to-date figures indicate, however, that the market is unlikely to surpass 1.2 million sales for 2017, despite a consistent growth trend over the course of the year.
In a case of 'swings and roundabouts', three bad months (February, April and September) have cost the market over 14,000 sales, but those lost sales have been made up during other months.
All the growth comes from the SUV and light commercial vehicles (LCV) classes, with passenger-vehicle sales exhibiting the same long-term declining trend during 2017.
Apart from the three bad months already mentioned, SUV sales have been stronger, year on year, led by the Mazda CX-5 (pictured), which has been heavily updated for 2017.
LCVs have also been generally surging ahead, year on year, with only the holiday months of January and February subject to slower sales.
Toyota's HiLux was the top-selling vehicle in November, with another LCV, the Ford Ranger, in second place. The Toyota Corolla occupies third spot, and Mazda3 finished the month in fourth.
Three medium SUVs and one small SUV appeared in the top 10 and the only passenger cars in that select group were all small cars (Corolla, Mazda3 and sixth-placed Hyundai i30).
For the year to date, Toyota retains its leading position, over 90,000 units clear of the second brand in the top 10, Mazda.
While Toyota's year-to-date sales are over 10,000 units better, year on year, Mazda has lost 1000 sales during the same period.
Despite the surge in sales across the whole market, only Toyota, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Kia and Subaru have sold more cars in 2017 than during the same period in 2016.
Top 10 models for the year to date: Toyota HiLux (43,144), Ford Ranger (39,270), Toyota Corolla (34,712), Mazda3 (29,883), Hyundai i30 (27,313), Mazda CX-5 (23,718), Hyundai Tucson (22,522), Toyota Camry (22,411), Holden Commodore (21,447), Mitsubishi Triton (20,960).
Top 10 brands for the year to date: Toyota (199,485), Mazda (107,247), Hyundai (90,831), Holden (78,127), Ford (72,525), Mitsubishi (71,635), Volkswagen (52,868), Nissan (52,013), Kia (50,730), Subaru (48,379).