It’s all cyclical, I get that. There’s a lot of factors involved in getting Australian car buyers to choose a brand or model.
But when I look at the VFACTS data for October 2016 there really seems to be some underachievers.
Some car makes and models that have a lot to offer, but just aren’t cutting through with buyers at the moment.
At the top of the heap is Skoda. What is going on with that brand?
Yes, they have a seven-seat model on the way, it’s called the KODIAQ, but why is everything else in the range so unloved?
With the backing of Volkswagen and a comprehensive range of mostly very impressive vehicles, the October total of 472 sales in Australia seems disappointingly low.
Achieving just 166 and 48 total sales respectively in Australia in October, these numbers aren’t a reflection of the quality of their products.
Then we have some individual models that fall into the ‘underachievers’ category.
All three are brilliant cars, again, they just can’t seem to get a look in against the all powerful Toyota and are all lucky to crack 100 sales per month.
In a market that is buying seven-seat SUVs at break-neck speed, 229 sales last month for a HiLux based SUV with genuine off-road ability and plenty of versatility seems rather small.
Ford’s seven-seat 4×4 managed to win over just 188 buyers in October.
Oh, you could also throw the Toyota Prius into the underachievers list too – although low fuel prices are mostly to blame for the hybrid model struggling to average a little more than one sale a day.
Another seven-seat option that is flat-lining, but is well worth looking at if you don’t need a huge amount of space, is the Kia Rondo.
Lastly, despite plenty of wraps and new engine options, Suzuki’s Vitara is also running below where we might expect it to be.
Agree, disagree? Did we leave any cars/manufacturers off the list? We’d love to get your comments below…