top 5 selling car brands in October

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Bill Tsouvalas
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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Car brands rise and fall in popularity, but there are a few brands that continue to dominate the sales market year on year. Although car sales have slowed down considerably, one thing that has remained constant is that Aussies love purchasing cars that offer them value for money and come from a trusted brand name. Here is the latest on what’s been happening in the car sale market.

Car sales slowed down

Recent data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed that car sales dropped by 5.5% when compared to last year, with only 94,711 new cars being bought. However, when they do decide to purchase a car they don’t settle for any brand. These are the top brands that maintained a high rank in car sales in September.

Toyota takes the crown

Toyota is a popular car brand in Australia due to its diverse car range that comes at an affordable price that accommodates various people. The brand has also gained considerable traction with their range of SUV’s that have gained popularity among urban Australians. According to VFACT, Toyota managed to dominate the charts with 17,386 sales for September and has a market share of 18.4%.


Hyundai is slowly proving its place in the Australian car market knocking out car brands such as Mazda and Holden down the charts for the month of September. This brand held its rains, becoming the second brand to have the highest sales in September with 8110 sales. Hyundai sales have gone down by 20 sales compared to last year and only managed to maintain 8.6% of its share. Despite the drop in sales the brand still managed to get Mazda and Mitsubishi by 7 622 sales.

Mitsubishi holding steady

Mitsubishi is proving its metal by holding the top three selling brands for September with 7622 sales. This is an increase of 557 cars (7.9%) when compared to the same time last year. The Japanese brand increased in its popularity due to the fact that it is a reliable car brand that has managed to maintain a 55% fault rate. The companies offer of a 5-year warranty on various models may be the cherry on the cake that consumers look for.

Mazda experienced a heavy fall in sales Mazda managed to hang in on the top five selling brands in September by fighting tooth and nail with 7070 sales which is a drop of 31.5% of sales when compared to the previous year. This means that the brand experienced a 3258 cut in sales.

Nissan rounds off the top five

The brand continues to strive with its technological advancements in its vehicles and manages to improve its environmental standards with models such as the Nissan Leaf. Car sales have increased due to its strong branding of cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Pathfinder, and GT-R to list a few. By the end of September, the car sales for Nissan were at 5176 sales which were up by 1165 cars when compared to the same time last year.

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