Hyundai Kona off to solid start in Australia

New Hyundai Kona tops established rivals

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The team at Hyundai Australia are celebrating two big achievements in October – the South Korean brand had the top-selling vehicle in Australia – the i30, and leapfrogged rivals, Mazda, into second place overall.

But it could be the stunning debut sales for the new edition to the line-up, the Kona, that has Hyundai execs smiling the most.

Coming into a crowded small SUV market, VFACTS data shows Hyundai‘s debut crossover offering managed 857 sales in its first month.

That total eclipses the October 2017 sales of rivals like Toyota’s C-HR (853), the Honda HR-V (853) and the Holden Trax (650).

Related: Check out our launch review of the Hyundai Kona

Also making a strong debut on the Aussie market was the Kia Stinger.

The new Kia large car managed 223 sales in October and finished runner-up to the Holden Commodore in the segment.

While Land Rover‘s new Range Rover offering, the Velar, started life on the front foot in Australia with a solid 108 sales.

Other strong performers in the month included the Kia Picanto with 250 sales (+30.2%), Suzuki’s new Swift found 607 buyers (+6.7%) in the light car category.

In the small car category there were sold gains for the Honda Civic (1,238 sales +52.7%) and Volkswagen Golf (1,808 +27.6%).

The BMW 5 Series almost managed to knock off the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the large cars above $70,000 category – the Munich car fell just two sales short.

In the people-mover category it was a solid win for Kia’s Carnival – 493 sales (+47.2%) to the Honda Odyssey‘s 108 (-44.0%).

And the team at Nissan will be hoping the just arrived updated Nissan Patrol can perform better than the outgoing version – the Nissan offering found just 20 customers in the month, that total well behind Toyota‘s long dominant LandCruiser (1,117 +14.9%).

Though there was better news for an other recently updated offering – the 370Z.

The sports model increased sales by 9.4% in the month with 35 customer deliveries.

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