Toyota Corolla, Mazda Hyundai and Kia Once the Most Popular

January 23, 2020

Small Cars.Once the Most Popular Car Type.

Steve Sell 23/01/20

Small Car Sales in Decline

Overall sales of small sedans and hatches like Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30 fell by Nearly 20 per cent Last Year

Small Cars, hatchbacks and small sedan sales dropped at twice the market rate in 2019.

Buyers continued to purchase SUV s in the main dual cab utes. has a great selection of small cars like Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato, Hyundai i30  and dual cab utes from Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger and Toyota Hi Lux for sale.


Vfacts data showed that in 2019 the overall number of new cars sold dropped by 7.8 per cent.

This was the worst figures since the GFC in 201, for those of you who missed it, that was the Global Financial Crisis.

Small Car sales dropped by 18 per cent when compared to 2018.

This meant a drop of new small car sales from 199,639 sales in 2018 to 163,701 in 2019.

This was 35,938 less small cars sold in 2019.

The small car market share fell from 17.3 per cent to 15.4 per cent.

In 2017 the small car market share was over 20 per cent.

Finance offers subsidised by the car manufacturers continued to play a big part in the 2019 car sales market. offer competitive finance on new and used cars.


Toyota Corolla Was the Most Popular Small Car.

Toyota Corolla was the top selling car in this market segment even though corolla sales dropped 13.7 per cent down to 30,468 cars.

This drop in sales happened even after Toyota launched the new generation hatch.


Mazda 3

The new Mazda 3 sales dropped by 19.7 per cent to 24,939 cars. The Corolla and Mazda new models were dearer than previous models and included more features as standard.

Kia Increases Market Share.

Kia was one of the few small cars that didn’t drop market share. In Australia Kia are known for their value-for-money.  The  Kia Cerato sold 21,757 cars, up 16.8 per cent.

Improved quality and class leading warranty helped Kia to stand out in this market segment with a good value for money car backed by a seven year warranty.


Hyundai i30 Increases Market Share

The Hyundai i30 was another small car that managed to increase market share in 2019. They sold 28,378 cars, up 0.7 per cent.

The Table below shows a breakdown of small car sales for 2018 and 2019.
Model 2019 sales 2018 sales
Toyota Corolla 30,468 35,320
Hyundai i30 28,378 28,188
Mazda 3 24,939 31,065
Kia Cerato 21,757 18,620
Volkswagen Golf 14,355 19,076
Honda Civic 10,531 13,470
Subaru Impreza 4518 9215
Holden Astra 4188 9876
Ford Focus 3682 3875
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 4689 4175
Audi A3 3362 4257
BMW 1 Series 2269 2532
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 1272 844
Nissan Leaf 408
Mini Clubman 281 430
Lexus CT200h 183 607