Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. once again was the Australian market leader in new automobile sales in August, industry data showed Wednesday.
Toyota’s sales in the month were 17,680 units for a market share of 22.9 pct, ahead of U.S. competitors Holden Ltd., a subsidiary of General Motors Corp., with 10,698 units, and Ford Motor Co. with 8,603 units, according to the data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
Among other Japanese automakers rounding out the top 10, Mazda Motor Corp. registered fourth highest sales with 5,830 units, followed by Nissan Motor Co. fifth with 4,925 units, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. sixth with 4,100 units, and Honda Motor Co. eighth with 3,522 units.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. , the maker of Subaru-brand vehicles ranked ninth, selling 3,123 units.
The month’s overall new vehicle sales in Australia were down 12.3 pct from a year before to 77,324 units, but cumulative sales in January-August were up 0.7 pct to 703,995 units, the industry group said.