Australians bought more new cars in June 2015 than any other month in our automotive history, and it is also the month in which the Hyundai i30 overtook the reigning champions, the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, to be the top selling car for the month.
June is customarily the best time of the year for new-car sales driven by end of financial year bargains, but last month defied expectations and broke all previous records.
A total of 125,850 new vehicles were reported as sold in June, according to figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, an increase of 6.4 per cent compared to the same month last year, the previous record.
The new-car market had been growing at a steady rate of about 2.5 per cent until June.
Hyundai may have the best selling car for the month, but Toyota was again the market leader overall and has notched up its 13th annual win in a row.
The news was not good for the other local manufacturers, Holden and Ford, who both posted sales declines in a booming market. Nissan, which invited buyers to “talk a deal” rather than publish drive-away prices, also bombed out.
New-car sales across Australia: June 2015
ACT: 1893, up 5.6 per cent
NSW: 42,105, up 12.1 per cent
NT: 1189, down 5.5 per cent
QLD: 27,270, up 10.7 per cent
SA: 7286, down 3.3 per cent
TAS: 1989, up 14.1 per cent
VIC: 32,615, up 4.1 per cent
WA: 11,503, down 7.5 per cent
How car sales hit the accelerator
June 2015: 125,850 sales
June 2014: 118,758 sales
June 2013: 118,308 sales
June 2012: 112,566 sales
June 2011: 96,157 sales