The famous hatchbacks that could disappear off the road if Australians shun small cars

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Motorists are avoiding hatchbacks as Honda Civic sales have fallen 74 percent in just one year.

The small car was once a bestseller in Australia, but only 132 were sold in May, a sharp drop from the 503 that left showrooms in the same month in 2020, new data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

The Ford Focus also bled with only 87 finding homes last month, 48 percent less than 167 a year earlier.

While Covid’s supply restrictions have hit some manufacturers, they were far from the only small cars to suffer from a drop in sales as the broader Australian car market rebounded with a 68 percent increase.

Motorists are avoiding hatchbacks as Honda Civic sales have fallen 74 percent in just one year. The small car was once a bestseller in Australia, but only 132 were sold in May, a sharp drop from 503 that left showrooms the same month in 2020, new data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

What’s hot and what’s not?

HOT

1. Toyota HiLux: Up 24.8 percent to 4,402

2. Ford Ranger: Up 59.7 percent to 4,254

3. Toyota RAV4: Up 71.2 percent to 4,014

4. Toyota LandCruiser: Up 59.4 percent to 3,399

5. Isuzu Ute D-Max: A 202.8 Percent Increase

6. Mazda CX-5: An 87.2 percent increase

7. Mitsubishi Triton: up 167.6 percent

8. Toyota Prado: up 63 percent

9. Toyota Corolla: 34.7 percent higher

10. Hyundai i30: an increase of 78.6 percent

NOT

Peugeot 308: 100 percent down

Honda Civic: 73.8 percent lower

Volkswagen Golf: 60.2 percent lower

Ford Focus: 47.9 percent lower

Sales of the Volkswagen Golf have been highly volatile with a new model expected in Australia later this year.

While May’s 295 sales were much better than April’s dismal eight, last month’s number was still a 60 percent dip from the 742 sold in May 2020.

The Peugeot 308 had the dubious distinction of suffering a 100 percent drop in sales with zero sold last month, compared to eight a year earlier.

A new model is expected in Australia in 2022.

The Mazda3, Australia’s best-selling car a decade ago, saw its sales fall 2 percent to 1,031.

Small cars barely cleared the top ten with utes and SUVs claiming the top eight.

The Toyota Corolla was Australia’s most popular passenger car, with sales up 35 percent to 2,190.

The Hyundai i30 completed the top ten with sales up 79 percent to 2,127.

In May, 100,809 new cars left dealerships, marking the strongest monthly tally for 2021.

Utes took four places in the top ten, with the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger in first and second.

Sales of the Isuzu D-Max tripled, rising 203 percent to 3,058 from 1,010, making it Australia’s fifth most popular car in May.

Mitsubishi Triton sales rose 168 percent from 866 to 2,317.

SUVs with increased ground clearance took the other four places in the top ten.

The Toyota RAV4 was Australia’s most popular SUV, with sales up 71.2 percent from 2,345 to 4,014.

The Ford Focus also bled with only 87 finding homes last month, 48 percent less than 167 a year earlier.  While Covid's supply restrictions have hit some manufacturers, they were far from the only small cars to suffer from a drop in sales as the wider Australian car market rebounded with a 68 percent increase

The Ford Focus also bled with only 87 finding homes last month, 48 percent less than 167 a year earlier. While Covid’s supply restrictions have hit some manufacturers, they were far from the only small cars to suffer from a drop in sales as the wider Australian car market rebounded with a 68 percent increase

The Toyota LandCruiser was Australia’s most popular vehicle available only as a four-wheel drive vehicle, with sales up 59 percent from 2,132 to 3,399.

The wagon version of the LandCruiser has a 92 percent share of the top-end large four-wheel drive market, and sales rose 122 percent, doubling from 1,260 to 2,795, although an all-new model will hit the market later this year.

The Nissan Patrol achieved only 234 sales.

Tony Weber, CEO of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, said car sales are likely to continue growing in 2021 after treasurer Josh Frydenberg extended the instant asset write-off scheme, which allows business owners to claim the cost of a car in a year’s time. instead of the usual eight. .

Sales of the Volkswagen Golf have been highly volatile with a new model expected in Australia later this year.  While 295 sales for May were much better than April's dismal eight, last month's number was still a 60 percent dip from the 742 sold in May 2020.

Sales of the Volkswagen Golf have been highly volatile with a new model expected in Australia later this year. While 295 sales for May were much better than April’s dismal eight, last month’s number was still a 60 percent dip from the 742 sold in May 2020.

“I expect this situation to continue to improve in the second half of this calendar year as confidence continues to grow, coupled with incentives such as the extension of the corporate depreciation allowance announced in the federal budget,” he said.

Every brand new car sold in Australia is imported, but despite this, Australia’s trade surplus rose to $8 billion in April, from $5.8 billion.

Exports rose 3 percent thanks to China’s insatiable appetite for iron ore from Western Australia, while the value of imports fell 3.2 percent.

Iron ore prices have continued to climb, reaching an all-time high of $200 per tonne, giving Australia its 40th consecutive monthly trade surplus in April dating back to January 2018.

The Peugeot 308 had the dubious distinction of suffering a 100 percent drop in sales last month with zero units sold, compared to eight a year earlier.  A new model will arrive in Australia in 2022

The Peugeot 308 had the dubious distinction of suffering a 100 percent drop in sales with zero sold last month, compared to eight a year earlier. A new model will arrive in Australia in 2022

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