The car sales top 10 January to May 2013 – The year so far

One year is a long time in the world of the automotive industry – a lot can change in terms of popular models and sales figures. In what has become a tradition here at Fleetcare, midway through the year we examine the sales figures and make predictions about which models will be on top at the end of the year.  How do the 2013 sales figures differ from statistics taken at this time last year? We take a look at the state of play for the year so far and ponder what the sales chart will look like going in to 2014.

The figures so far, January to May 2013

The below figures include all new car sales from January 1st to May 31st 2013.

Position Model 2013 Sales (Jan-May) % Market share
1 Toyota Corolla 16,774 3.7%
2 Mazda3 16,405 3.6%
3 Toyota Hilux 15,790 3.5%
4 Hyundai i30 11,318 2.5%
5 Nissan Navara 11,082 2.4%
6 Holden Cruze 10,125 2.2%
7 Mitsubishi Triton 9,598 2.1%
8 Ford Focus 8,393 1.9%
9 Ford Ranger 8,258 1.8%
10 Holden Commodore 8,157 1.8%


What does this tell us?

The Mazda3 has been sitting pretty at the top of the sales charts in 2011 and 2012, but the tide has turned to Toyota with the Corolla on top in 2013 thus far. This is quite an improvement on recent years sales for the Corolla, with the model coming in third in 2012 and fourth in 2011. One exclusion to note is the Toyota Yaris, which only reached 26th spot for 2013. In the past the Yaris experiened better rankings like in 2012 when it reached number 9. It' also important to note that the Corolla is only on top by a measly few hundred vehicles so anything could happen between spots 1 and 2 in the coming months.

Interestingly, The Toyota Hilux was the top selling car in the month of May, and in second spot in April, so it looks likely to hold its position or even make a break for second. The Mitsubishi Triton has broken into the top 10 of 2013 so far, coming in at number 7 while just missing out at position 11 at the end of 2012.

One noticeable drop in position is the Holden Commodore, being only the 10th most popular car so far in 2013. It has tumbled a lot in recent years, coming in fourth spot in 2012 and second in 2011. These statistics show a clear trend in consumers favouring imported cars rather than Australian makes and models.

We look to be set for another record year for total car sales, with 453,553 vehicles being sold in 2013 so far. Year-on-year this figure is up 4% from 2012, showing just how rapidly the Australian automotive industry is growing.

Parting thoughts

If there is one thing we have learnt from chronicling the top ten cars over the years is that nothing is certain and figures can often change and surprise us. For this reason I am not going to make any bold predictions for the end of 2013. It is however fairly safe to say that either the Toytoa Corolla or Mazda3 will come out on top, and those models along with the Hilux will round out the top three. In this potentially record-breaking year from the automotive industry, it will be very interesting to look back at these figures at the end of the year and compare results!

What do you think of the top ten?

Do you think things will change by the end of 2013?

Let us know your thoughts!

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