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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 13th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 13, 2010 Hyundai sales overtake Ford FEBRUARY 2010 is a landmark month in Australian motoring history. It marks the first time Hyun- dai of Korea has overtaken Ford in showrooms. The mar- gin of victory is close, just 60 vehicles, but the result is just the same and shows how rap- idly Hyundai is making ground in Australia. The i30 and Getz are both in the top-10 nameplates again, a regular situation now for the brand. But there is no cel- ebration or champagne at Hyundai's headquarters in Sydney, just a renewed com- mitment to the job. ''We're keeping our heads down and keeping working. That was last month,'' Hyun- dai spokesman, Ben Hersh- man, says. ''We've just launched the ix35 SUV and there seems to be good interest, and we're also looking forward to the arrival of the (baby) i20 this year.'' The Hyundai result in February is outstanding, as it lifted its sales by 73.6 per cent over 2009 in an overall indus- try that improved by 17 per cent. The general result was good, but Hyundai is outstanding. ''The team at Hyundai and the Hyundai Dealer network are excited that more Aust- ralians are considering Hyun- dai when they are looking for a new car.'' Ford is surprised, but not unhappy, with its fourth place in February. ''We sold our program,'' Ford Australia's president, Marin Burela, says simply. ''The issue for us is supply. We basically sold everything we had. ''We have worked overtime days at Broadmeadows and we have another one planned to try and keep pace with de- mand. We have also had delays on deliveries from Europe.'' The Falcon is only sixth among individual models in February, as the Holden Commodore continues its role as Australia's favourite. The general result in Febru- ary shows the motor industry is tracking towards one mil- lion sales in 2010, although individual brands are still fore- casting in the 720,000 to 750,000 range and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Indus- tries has not moved from 740,000. But FCAI boss Andrew McKellar sees plenty of strength in the showroom re- sults. ''Private buyers returned to the market in greater numbers during February, recording a 9.3 per cent increase on the same month last year. It is encouraging to see private buyers edging back into the market following the financial concerns of the past year,'' he said. ''Business sales remained strong (22.7 per cent increase) and there was a sharp rise in the number of vehicles sold to rental companies (175 per cent increase).'' PAUL GOVER Feb's Top Tens Top 10 brands 1. Toyota (16,814) 2. GM Holden (11,213) 3. Hyundai (7208) 4. Ford (7148) 5. Mazda (7003) 6. Mitsubishi (5026) 7. Nissan (4596) 8. Subaru (3278) 9. Honda (3102) 10. Volkswagen (2998) Top 10 models 1. Holden Commodore (3914) 2. Mazda3 (3390) 3. Toyota HiLux (3271) 4. Toyota Corolla (3042) 5. Hyundai i30 (2926) 6. Ford Falcon (2514) 7. Toyota Camry (2116) 8. Holden Cruze (2075) 9. Mitsubishi Lancer (2016) 10. Hyundai Getz (1927) Aussies favor Korean flavour Hyundai only beat the homegrown Falcon brand by 3890 sales in February AUSTRALIA's appetite for value-added Korean cars rea- ched a new high in Feburary when Hyundai outsold Ford for the first time. The Korean brand was third for the month in showrooms, only beaten by Toyota and GM. Once again it was the com- bination of the classy i30 compact and the dollar-driven Getz that did the job for Hyundai, which is now fast- tracking a challenge on Mazda and Ford in Australia. It is only fifth in the year-to-date sales figures but gaining ground rapidly. There was no champagne or celebration at Hyundai head- quarters in Sydney, just a commitment to growth and more new models through 2010. We're keeping our heads down and keeping working. That was last month,'' Hyun- dai spokesman Ben Hersh- man said. We've just launched the ix35 SUV and there seems to be good interest, and we're also looking forward to the arrival of the (baby) i20 this year.'' Hyundai only beat the homegrown Falcon brand by 3890 sales in February, but the result is still a reflection of Hyundai's growing power and the vulnerability of Ford. The local results are a con- trast to the US where Ford went to number one in Febru- ary as Toyota and General Motors both struggled. Sales of Fords lifted by 43 per cent during the month as Toyota, reeling from its crash-and- recall fiasco, reported an 8.7 drop. We sold everything we had so there is not much else we could do,'' Ford spokeswoman Sinead McAlary said. We had a record with Fiesta in February but we have had trouble getting the right models in the right numbers.'' PAUL GOVER Healthy boost in number of new car sales NEW vehicle sales continue to rebound as private and business customers re- turned to the market, according to figures released this week. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' sales figures show a Febru- ary tally of 82,219 new vehicles sold, up by just over 17 per cent or almost 12,000 sales on February last year. Toyota retained its number one pos- ition ahead of Holden for February and the year to date, but Ford slipped to fourth in February as Hyundai outsold the Blue Oval brand by 60 vehicles. South Australia's new vehicle sales for February were up by almost 21 per cent, the biggest improvement of any state or territory. The Adelaide-built Holden Commodore was the number one vehicle for February and the year to date, ahead of the Mazda3 and the Toyota HiLux Toyota Australia's Matthew Callachor said the highlight was the introduction of the petrol-electric Hybrid Camry, which represented about one third of all Camry sales. STUART MARTIN 2009 & 2008 AUSTRALIA S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $30,0001 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL SMALL CAR TO OWN AND RUN2 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR3 >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.2L /100km^ >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control with Traction Control >> ABS with EBD >> Glovebox drinks cooler >> Full size spare s E FR $ 9 990A R E AWAY FR $20 990B R E AWAY 20 0 E A STRA A'S FA R TE T AR* FR $ 2 990 R E AWAY 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR4 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL LIGHT CAR TO OWN AND RUN5 >> 6.1L / 100km^ >> Bluetooth >> Full size spare >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Air Con with pollen filter ET E Y RA E T 5 R F R ST $ 000 RE Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 31st March 2010. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reser ves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2009 & 2008 Australia s Best Mid Size Car under $30,000 awarded by Australia s Best Cars to i30 SX . 2. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2009 awarded by RACT to i30 petrol. 3. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car - Small Car under $26,000 awarded to i30 SX CRDi. 4. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car -- Light Car under $21,000 awarded to Getz SX. 5. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Sur vey for Getz 1.4 S. 6. Awarded to i30cw wagon CRDi by ECO Car magazine. *Source VFACTS January 2010. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. , registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Campaign price for i30 SX hatch petrol manual. B) Campaign price for MY10 i30 2.0L SX manual. C) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. D) Campaign price for i30cw wagon 2.0 SX manual. HMCA1177/HPC/HM hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 '09 E R T >> 6 airbags MOTORS PT Y LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 FR $22 990 R E AWAY >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.3L /100km^ >> 1,395L of luggage space >> Roof rails >> Luggage net >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control >> 6 Airbags w ha h wagon 2009 ECO CAR OF THE YEAR6
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