Very informative article in the Sydney Morning Herald recently , particularly relevant  in the lead up to a proposed deregulation ( to some extent) to the import of new and used cars from offshore.

In the meantime we see Toyota and Mazda continue the battle for the number 1 spot, with Toyota landing both top for both make and model categories in March.

Interestingly in our own business we salary Packaged ( Novated Lease ) record  numbers of Mazda in March. Looking  forward to seeing the trend through April !!

For in depth analysis we present the said article for your perusal.

The Australian new car market continued its emphatic resurgence in March, with a second consecutive record monthly tally, according to preliminary figures obtained by Drive.

Figures due to be released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries on Tuesday will show the overall market streaked past the previous March record set in 2013 on the back of low interest rates and favourable Free Trade Agreement outcomes.

A record 105,054 vehicles were delivered last month, up 4.2 per cent on last year. The result pushed the overall year-to-date tally to 277,594 vehicles.

By comparison at the same point during a bumper 2013, 273,048 vehicles were registered after three months.  

The latest monthly result will further quell industry fears of slowing sales from 2014 continuing into 2015.

Underlining the strong March result was ongoing demand for small cars, dual cab utes and SUVs. Luxury car makers also continued their respective purple patches.

The Toyota Corolla extended its year-to-date lead as Australia's best selling vehicle, amassing 4261 sales for the month. The Mazda3 (3558) consolidated second place overall with 3558 transactions.

The Toyota HiLux (3346) and Mitsubishi Triton (2940) utes finished third and fourth overall, despite the fact both are set to be superseded by all-new models before year's end. The Holden Commodore (2436 sales) continued its steady run to seal fifth place, while the Ford Ranger ute (2424) came in sixth.

Toyota continued its market dominance with a 18.16 per cent share of March sales. Mazda and Hyundai finished second and third, with Holden and Nissan rounded out the top five.

Mercedes-Benz finished just outside the top 10 marques, securing 3482 transactions thanks to a bumper 918 sales of its new C-Class. BMW (2310) and Audi (1858) also continued healthy year-to-date gains stemming from growing model lines and the sustained popularity of their mid-size passenger vehicles.

Top 10 makes – March

1. Toyota – 19,082

2. Mazda – 10,217

3. Hyundai - 8709

4. Holden - 8571

5. Nissan - 7138

6. Mitsubishi – 6307

7. Ford - 6023

8. Volkswagen – 5525

9. Honda - 4042

10. Subaru - 4002

Top 10 models - March

1. Toyota Corolla – 4261

2. Mazda3 – 3558

3. Toyota HiLux – 3346

4. Mitsubishi Triton – 2940

5. Holden Commodore – 2436

6. Ford Ranger – 2424

7. Mazda CX-5 – 2344

8. Toyota Camry – 2319

9. Hyundai i30 – 2098

10. Volkswagen Golf - 2084

Source: Preliminary VFacts data obtained by Drive.

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