Toyota's newly released Corolla sedan has powered the popular small
car to national best-seller status in March, according to figures
In the first full month of local sales for the new sedan, Corolla
topped the sales charts with 4,086 deliveries - its best March on record
and almost 500 more than any other vehicle.
The new sedan, released to the market during February, exceeded
expectations by contributing well over one-third of the Corolla total in
Combined tallies for the Corolla hatch and the new sedan were 22.6
per cent higher than in February and 16.3 per cent ahead of March last
Corolla's success - together with an all-time record for RAV4 of
1,888 sales - ensured Toyota posted its best month of sales this year
(18,275 vehicles) and its strongest first-quarter result since 2010
Toyota's total for the three months to the end of March was more than
20,000 ahead of its nearest rival - a margin that equates to at least
226 sales per day.
HiLux was again a strong contributor with 3,105 sales in March,
making it Australia's best-selling four-wheel-drive vehicle and
Other Toyota vehicles to lead their segments last month were the
built-in-Australia Camry sedan (2,085 sales), 86 sports coupe (397),
LandCruiser Prado SUV (1,719), LandCruiser wagon (812) and the recently
upgraded HiAce van (641) and HiAce bus (265).
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb
said the company and its dealers had worked hard to lift market share
this year to 18 per cent and push for a 12th consecutive year of market
"With the arrival of the new-generation Kluger just a few weeks ago,
Toyota now has the most up-to-date family in the burgeoning SUV market,"
Mr Cramb said.
"RAV4 has set monthly sales records for 10 of the past 13 months
since the new range arrived with the option - for the first time - of a
diesel engine," he said.
"Its sales records include the past three months in a row, including
the all-time record result in March which has lifted RAV4's tally this
year by more than 50 per cent compared with the same period last year.
"LandCruiser Prado is also strong with a sales increase of 10.7 per
cent so far this year on the back of recent upgrades to its styling,
handling and ride comfort."
Mr Cramb said locally built Camry as well as HiAce van, 4x2 HiLux and
Tarago had achieved double-digit percentage increases in sales this
He said last month was only the second time Corolla had posted more
than 4,000 sales in a March, resulting in solid growth this year of 7.3