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Thursday, 5 Jun 2014

Chrysler, Mazda, Holden report strong May results in SUV and towing models

Jeep Grand Cherokee hits shallow water at speed.
Jeep Grand Cherokee hits
shallow water at speed.

Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to be Australia’s best-selling large SUV in May with sales of 1,694 units its best month of sales on record. Amongst Australia’s top 15 automotive brands, Fiat Chrysler achieved the strongest year-to-date percentage gains with 3,538 new vehicle deliveries in May representing the company’s best-ever May result.

The Jeep® brand recorded the best sales month in its 73-year history in May, both globally (100,207 sales) and in the U.S. (70,203 sales). May marks the third consecutive month that the brand has set all-time global and U.S. monthly sales records.

All Jeep vehicles have recorded double-digit sales gains globally and in the U.S. through May, and in May, Wrangler, Compass and the new Cherokee recorded monthly sales records.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Jeep sales were up 65 percent in May, and are up 41 percent thus far in 2014. In Europe, sales were up 81 percent in May, and are up 28 percent for the year.

Editors note: The official Chrysler towing capacity figures for the Grand Cherokee diesel are 350kg on the ball max and 3500kg trailer max. Please note that Chrysler requires a a Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) for towing loads which exceed 2268-2270kg. The 2kg difference depends on which set of specs are read. 
The official warranty position with Chrysler on towing with a Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) is that they do not think it is necessary up to 2500kg. 
The key to towing safely is that Chrysler will stand by warranty up to the maximum axle loading weights stated in the Owners Manual. In cases where the total of the Ball Load and the load in the vehicle exceeds the allowable Axle Load, it will be necessary to reduce the load carried or rearrange the trailer’s load. All Jeep tow bars are heavy duty, the company says. 

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has finished May celebrating its 24th consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth, placing third overall with 8,403 total sales, equating to 8.9% market share.

Total industry sales for the month of 94,562 were down -2.3% compared with the same month last year.

Hyundai’s May result is up +4.7% compared to the same period last year, making it the highest May sales result for the brand on record – and the 22nd consecutive record-beating month.

Holden continues to outperform the market in May 2014 and has cemented position in the top two for automotive sales for the month and overall, Holden says. With sales totalling 44,441 year-to-date (YTD), Holden has recorded growth of 8.2 per cent compared with the first five months of 2013.

Holden remains the fastest growing of the Top 10 brands and has bucked the industry trend yet again, with the overall Australian new car market down 2.9 percent.

The Colorado nameplate was the eighth best-selling in the country this month as it returned its best May result since 2006. Holden's SUV range continues to do well in the market this month.

Holden recorded its best ever May for Captiva 5, industry website Autonews reports today.

Holden has launched an intense end of financial year sales deals campaign until June 30 which includes its Colorado and SUV range.

Holden said today the offers include:

Captiva 7 LS from $29,990 driveaway plus $1000 factory bonus, Captiva 5 LT from $25,990 driveaway, plus free automatic transmission.

Colorado Trucks: all models offered with free automatic transmission and three years free servicing. Colorado LX Pick-Up from $37,990 driveaway plus free automatic transmission and three years free servicing. Colorado LT Crew Cab Pick Up from $39,990 driveaway plus free automatic transmission and three years free servicing.

In May, CX-5 was Australias most popular SUV of any size and type, selling 1,715 units according to VFACTS figures released today. Averaging almost 1,800 sales per month in 2014, the CX-5 is up 9.2 per cent Year-On-Year (YOY) and is approaching 10,000 sales.

Officially, CX-5 tops the medium SUV segment while Mazda3 heads the small segment and remains Australia’s most popular vehicle.Mazda sold 7,751 cars, SUVs and utilities last month - its third best May result on record - up 10.7 per cent compared to April - accounting for an 8.2 per cent market share.

Editors Note: The Mazda  CX-5 has  limited towing capacity. Mazda says the 1443kg Kerb weight SUV has a  maximum towball download  of 150kg and a towing capacity of  1800kg.

With 42,536 Year-To-Date (YTD) sales and a 9.6 per cent market share, Mazda remains one of Australia’s top three manufacturers and is still the country’s leading full-line importer.

Interest in the tough BT-50 remains high, with 1,078 utility sales in May. Having sold in record numbers in March, the BT-50 just fell short of posting best-ever numbers in April and May.

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contact: Garth Morrison
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