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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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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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