New vehicle sales for November contracted 7.4 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year.
Despite 93,860 new registrations in November and the cumulative tally for 2018 passing one million, the overall market has now seen eight consecutive months of decline.
Going into December, the market is running 1.9 per cent behind the same period in the record 2017 sales year.
Most concerning for lovers of the classics, passenger cars continue to go backward falling 20.8 per cent over the same month last year.
Interestingly, SUVs were not immune to November’s slide dropping 1.9 per cent.  
The light commercial segment bucked the downward trend and saw growth of 4.2 per cent.
Toyota again led the way in sales volume with 19.5 per cent of the total market, followed by Mazda (9.5 per cent), Hyundai (8.4 per cent), Mitsubishi (7.4 per cent) and Ford (5.9 per cent).
Despite having a fleet of new metal, Mazda sales were down 4.6 per cent. It’s a similar story at Hyundai with the Korean marque dropping 10.4 per cent over the same month last year.
Some interesting points: New SUVs are not doing much for Peugeot dealers, the brand was down a substantial 46.9 per cent, and the arrival of the Stelvio hasn’t helped Alfa Romeo with sales dropping 10.3 per cent.
The Toyota HiLux was the highest selling vehicle in November 2018 with sales of 4671, followed by the Ford Ranger (3469), the Toyota Corolla (2659), the Mitsubishi Triton (2404) and the Hyundai i30 (2378).
Top 10 selling new vehicles - November 2018
Top 10 selling vehicle brands - November 2018
  1. Toyota – 18,271
  2. Mazda - 8905
  3. Hyundai - 7869
  4. Mitsubishi - 6953
  5. Ford - 5519
  6. Nissan - 5330
  7. Holden - 5125
  8. Volkswagen - 4713
  9. Kia - 4644
  10. Subaru - 3921
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