IT’S all utes and SUVs in Australia, with June sales reflecting constant growth in those sectors, at the expense of passenger cars.

Total sales were marginally down on June 2017, but utes claimed a 22 per cent leap and SUVs were up nearly 10 per cent, while passenger cars sales tumbled 18 per cent.

Hilux, Ranger and Triton utes led the Top 10 from Corolla, Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5, Rav4, Cerato and another ute, the Colorado.

It was great month for Mitsubishi, which for the first time sold more than 10,000 vehicles in one month, with 10,232.

In the various market sectors, Kia’s Picanto on 812 sold some 10 times more than its next rivals, Holden Spark and Mitsubishi Mirage — both managing just 82 sales.

Top light car was the Hyundai Accent ahead of Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris, while the Corolla led the small cars from i30 and Mazda 3.

Camry still led the medium segment, albeit with a greatly reduced margin as the last of the locally made models disappeared, from Mazda 6 and VW Passat.

Holden Commodore was the top large car, with Kia Stinger and Skoda Superb next.

Ford Mustang commanded 635 sales to lead the sports car class from Toyota 86 and BMW 2-Series, while the sports cars with $200,00+ prices was Porsche 911 territory on 46 sales, exactly double that of Ferrari with Mercedes-AMG GT third on 19.

Topping the small SUVs was Nissan’s Qashqai on 2198 sales, chased by Mitsubishi ASX (2053) and Mazda CX-3 (1869).

The medium SUV sales were also close, with Mazda CX-5 ahead of Toyota RAV-4 and Honda’s CR-V and the big brutes were led by Kluger from Prado and Subaru Outback.

Small vans? VW Caddy, Renault Kangoo and Citroen Berlingo.

In the serious wheels department, 16 people people bought Bentleys in June, 13 preferred Aston Martins, Lamborghini and Lotus each had 10 buyers, 9 opted for a McLaren, four for a Rolls Royce and just one for a Morgan.

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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