The exceptional brands enjoyed agnate success to their boilerplate counterparts during the advance of 2021, admitting a scattering of players saw abatement in a growing market.
Once afresh Mercedes-Benz Cars topped the exceptional sales charts, admitting the three-pointed brilliant was bottomward 3.8 per cent on its 2020 anniversary result, followed by BMW and Audi.
Lexus and Volvo were beneath than 300 units afar angry for fourth place, while Korean cipher Genesis saw huge advance to leapfrog Italy’s Alfa Romeo.
Italy’s iconic marque diminished added in 2021, admitting the accession of its adapted Giulia and Stelvio lines.
The Giulia auto absolutely acquaint advance in December and 2021 all-embracing (31 units and 323 units respectively), up 67.4 per cent on 2020’s anniversary figure.
Fortunes weren’t as acceptable for the accompanying Stelvio crossover, which fell 53.6 per cent to 192 units for the year (down from 414 in 2020). By comparison, the top-selling BMW X3 delivered 4242 sales for the year. Alfa’s bounded analysis has additionally been active out its 4C sports car and Giulietta hatchback, with the above up 171.4 per cent to 19 sales for the year, while the ageing Giulietta was bottomward 30 per cent to aloof 84 units.
No agnosticism the Italian marque is agog to get aback into the entry-level segments afterward the Giulietta’s abandonment with the accessible Tonale crossover, an Audi Q3-sized SUV acceptable based on the above belvedere as the Jeep Compass, or conceivably alike the Peugeot 3008 acknowledgment to the company’s new ancestors ties.
It’s accepted to admission aboriginal in 2022 with an accessible constituent amalgam drivetrain, admitting Australian timing is cryptic at this stage. Alfa Romeo has gone on almanac adage it’s agog to accompany the Tonale Bottomward Under and charcoal committed to the Australian bazaar admitting contempo challenges.
Despite accident cogent aggregate from its accepted A3 band amid artefact generations, the four-ringed German marque managed to column anniversary advance of 0.9 per cent overall, with aloof about all of its added archetypal curve growing in 2021.
With 16,003 anniversary sales, Audi was up by about 200 units on the year prior, with standout performances advancing from its SUV archetypal lines.
Gold went to the Audi Q3 SUV and Sportback line-up, with 5707 sales for the agenda year ( 39.5 per cent), or about 1600 units up on 2020. The Q3 was Australia’s favourite exceptional babyish SUV by some margin, accounting for 27.2 per cent bazaar share, and exhausted out its abutting best-placed rival, the Volvo XC40, by over 2000 sales.
Another success adventure was the adapted Q5 family, which now includes a Sportback archetypal to battle it out with the cast of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
The accepted mid-sizer alternate 3604 registrations in 2021 ( 20.5 per cent), which put it advanced of the Mercedes-Benz GLB (3345 units), Lexus NX (3091 units) and Porsche Macan (2328 units) but abaft the BMW X3/X4 (5223 units combined), Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV/Coupe (4206 units combined) and Volvo XC60 (3688 units).
Other aces mentions accommodate the pint-sized Q2, which grew 26.2 per cent to 1621 units, no agnosticism helped by the barrage of the facelifted ambit and new SQ2 achievement variant, and the seven-seat Q7 – while bottomward 5.1 per cent to 1646 sales – connected to accord solid volume.
Rounding out the company’s highlights were the A5 and A5 Sportback ranges, which were up 15.7 per cent and 12.8 per cent to 206 and 625 anniversary sales respectively. The flagship Audi Q8 additionally grew by 1.7 per cent to 349 sales in 2021.
Several key launches are advancing in 2022 for Audi Australia, best actuality key achievement models. The new-generation Audi A3 Sportback and Auto ambit will access aboriginal this year alongside the S3 achievement models, followed by the all-electric e-tron S achievement SUV models, RS3 Sportback and Sedan, afresh the V8 petrol-engined SQ7 TFSI and SQ8 TFSI, and assuredly the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT which allotment their basic with the electric Porsche Taycan.
Bavaria’s finest aloof absent the 25,000-unit barrier in 2021, off the aback of able performances from key archetypal lines.
The X3 SUV was already afresh the brand’s bright top-seller, with 4242 anniversary sales (down 2.7 per cent), followed by the accompanying 3 Alternation (3982 units, up 16.9 per cent) and afresh the ample X5 SUV (3173 units, up 7.3 per cent).
Both the X3 and 3 Alternation were the top-selling nameplates in their corresponding exceptional segments (medium SUV and average passenger), admitting the X5 couldn’t top the ever-popular Mercedes-Benz GLE in the exceptional ample SUV class.
Elsewhere in the BMW range, the entry-level X1 SUV (2986 units, bottomward 2.4 per cent), 1 Alternation auto (2741 units, up 18.7 per cent) and 2 Alternation Gran Coupe (2072 units, up 39.2 per cent) all alternate solid volume.
Meanwhile, the most-improved accolade goes to the new 4 Alternation line-up, which grew 131.6 per cent to 1107 units in Coupe/Convertible guise, and up 248.1 per cent to 181 units in Gran Coupe anatomy – admitting the closing alone ablution in the backward stages of 2021.
Other accepted archetypal curve fell hardly in 2021, including the X2 (down 6.8 per cent to 575 units), X4 (down 22.9 per cent to 981 units), X6 (down 4.9 per cent to 581 units) and X7 (down 8.7 per cent to 791 units). The 5 Alternation (down 15.7 per cent to 605 units) and 7 Alternation (down 22.9 per cent to 81 units) additionally fell.
In 2022 BMW will be activity on a big electrification advance with its all-new iX (35 units), i4 and iX3 EVs. The iX and iX3 accept aloof started accession in dealerships, with the 4 Alternation Gran Coupe-based i4 due in the aboriginal analysis of 2022.
The 2 Alternation Coupe will additionally see its new bearing on auction for a abounding agenda year, acquisitive to barb aback some arena afterwards falling 27.7 per cent (454 units) in 2021 as the aggregation switched artefact generations.
Hyundai Motor Group’s new-ish affluence arm Genesis has been consistently panned for its abbreviate artefact portfolio and absolute (or limited, as some say) banker arrangement by naysayers. But, that didn’t stop the Korean cipher from announcement abundant advance in 2021 and overtaking its aboriginal battling in the sales chase – Alfa Romeo.
Key to the brand’s success was the barrage of its new X3-rivalling GV70 crossover, which angry out to be the brand’s top agent for the year with 317 units, admitting alone accession Bottomward Under in July. It accounted for 1.1 per cent of exceptional average SUV sales, admitting beneath afresh 10 per cent of the BMW X3’s volume.
The beyond GV80 grew a whopping 451.9 per cent to 287 units in 2021, absolutely off a low base. At 1.4 per cent allotment of the exceptional ample SUV market, the GV80 is still at one-sixth of the sales aggregate of the VW Touareg and Volvo XC90.
Genesis’s G70 Auto and Shooting Brake as able-bodied as the E-Class-rivalling G80 couldn’t bout the success of their crossover counterparts, falling 34.7 per cent and 10.2 per cent to 77 units and 53 units respectively.
The Korean affluence cipher has a big year ahead, with three all-electric models due to barrage over the advance of 2022. By mid-year, Genesis will barrage the GV60 (the e-GMP affinity to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6), as able-bodied as the Electrified G80 and Electrified GV70.
One of the scattering of luxury-branded ‘losers’ in the 2021 sales race, Jaguar fell 7.8 per cent to 1222 units for the year.
While the F-Pace, F-Type and XF were up year-on-year, every added of the British marque’s archetypal curve were down.
The brand’s top-seller, the E-Pace, fell 17.2 per cent to 548 units, followed by the above F-Pace that grew 28.9 per cent to 401 sales.
In third abode was the 3 Series-rivalling XE sedan, which at 144 registrations was bottomward 26.5 per cent on aftermost year’s result.
The XF ample auto grew 14.3 per cent to 40 units, while the F-Type sports car captivated close at 44 units for the year (up 4.8 per cent). Admitting actuality a trailblazer in the EV space, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace alone 37.1 per cent to 44 units.
Unlike best battling brands, 2022 won’t be a big ablution year for Jaguar. Backward aftermost year the cast went on almanac adage the accepted ambit will abide abundantly as is until 2025, aback the British marque affairs to check its agency to be electric-only.
While Jaguar treads water, Land Rover (and Ambit Rover) acquaint advance in 2021, abundantly off the aback of the new Defender. A absolute of 6459 units were awash for the year, up 1.9 per cent on 2020.
The reborn off-roader was the brand’s top-seller by some margin, with 1733 units (up 233.9 per cent) delivered. Silver and brownish in the agency was awarded to the Ambit Rover Sport (1475 units, bottomward 10.2 per cent) and Ambit Rover Evoque (1143 units, bottomward 16.4 per cent) respectively.
In fact, the blow of the brand’s agency were down, including the Discovery (534 units, bottomward 32.8 per cent), Discovery Sport (843 units, bottomward 30.0 per cent) and Ambit Rover Velar (569 units, bottomward 11.8 per cent).
While Jaguar will be brackish on new archetypal launches for the abutting brace of years, Land Rover has several new models in the wings. The all-new Ambit Rover will access in June, a new-generation Ambit Rover Sport is accepted to admission at some point this year, and the brand’s bounded arm is attractive into ablution added electrified models.
Deliveries of the adapted Discovery and Discovery Sport are starting to get into abounding swing, and a revised MY23 Defender agency is due to hit showrooms in April.
Toyota’s affluence arm connected its advance appear 10,000 anniversary sales, but fell a little abbreviate at 9290 units (up 5.0 per cent).
That’s admitting the cessation of several archetypal curve due to new ADR laws about ancillary appulse collisions –including the long-running IS, RC and CT.
Atop the brand’s sales belvedere was the soon-to-be-replaced NX crossover, which awash 3091 units (down 12.1 per cent).
The all-new archetypal arrives after this month, including the brand’s aboriginal constituent amalgam advantage – apprehend added here.
Second was the RX ample crossover (1908 units, up 1.5 per cent) followed by the babyish UX in third (1744 units, up 24.3 per cent) which added the brand’s aboriginal all-electric archetypal this year in the anatomy of the UX300e.
The IS auto was the brand’s acknowledged commuter model, admitting it’s now been removed from sale, announcement a admirable 1143 sales (up 62.6 per cent). The Lexus ES connected its ascendance with 36.9 per cent anniversary advance to 802 units.
Other notable mentions accommodate the LandCruiser 200-based Lexus LX off-roader, which with 300 sales (down 12.5 per cent) captivated about able admitting the absolution of the new LandCruiser 300 Alternation and the approaching accession of a new bearing some time after this year.
Also accepted ancient in 2022 is the acknowledge of an all-new RX, based on the latest TNGA belvedere aggregate with the new Toyota Kluger. Lexus hasn’t adumbrated aback we’ll see the new-gen crossover, but if the acknowledge is mid- to late-2022, we acceptable won’t see it Bottomward Under until 2023.
While it maintained its top atom on the exceptional sales charts, Mercedes-Benz fell by 3.8 per cent to 28,348 anniversary sales.
Despite the slight fall, the three-pointed brilliant led, alike bedeviled best of the segments it competes in – admitting with a brace of exceptions.
The brand’s distinct top-selling archetypal band for 2021 was the GLE SUV, with 3591 units (up 25.8 per cent) not including the GLE Coupe (1122 units, up 175.7 per cent). Account up the absolute GLE line-up’s sales and Mercedes accounted for 23 per cent of the exceptional ample SUV bazaar – or about 1 in 4 sales.
It’s a agnate adventure in the exceptional average SUV space, area with three abstracted archetypal curve Benz accounted for a whopping 26.3 per cent of sales admitting angry competition. The GLC SUV saw 3435 units (down 23.2 per cent), the seven-seat GLB managed 3345 units (up 272.1 per cent), and the GLC Coupe added a added 771 units (down 42.0 per cent).
The GLS flagship additionally bedeviled its class, managing 1110 anniversary sales (up 36.5 per cent) to snatch 27.2 per cent bazaar allotment for the year. Huge. Abutting best in the articulation was the BMW X7, with 791 sales (down 8.7 per cent) and 19.4 per cent share.
Beyond Benz’s ascendant SUV performances, the brand’s commuter cars additionally did well.
The ageing C-Class – due for backup imminently – alternate 2832 units (down 16.2 per cent) and captivated 22.5 per cent share. Accumulated with the CLA (1299 units, bottomward 37.6 per cent), and Mercedes accounted for 32.8 per cent of the articulation – aloof abaft BMW’s 33 per cent allotment with the 3 Alternation and 4 Alternation Gran Coupe.
Further up the range, the beyond E-Class accounted for 1 in 3 sales in its articulation with 910 units (up 18.0 per cent), while the alike beyond S-Class flagship captivated 41.9 per cent allotment with 263 units for the year (up 61.3 per cent).
Other able showings admitting losses accommodate the A-Class babyish car (3793 units, bottomward 37.3 per cent), GLA crossover (2624 units, bottomward 17.3 per cent), and the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet (1131 units, bottomward 7.7 per cent).
The G-Class (594 units, up 120.0 per cent) acquaint able advance in 2021, while the new EQA electric accompaniment to the GLA contributed 367 units in its aboriginal year on sale, overtaking the beyond EQC (298 units, up 53.6 per cent).
Mercedes-Benz has a cardinal of big launches advancing this year, including the all-new C-Class, EQS electric sedan, the EQB electric seven-seat SUV, and the new AMG SL supercar.
BMW’s retro-themed burghal car analysis was up 15.3 per cent to 3579 units in 2021, led by the adapted Countryman and Hatch ranges.
Top of the timberline for Mini was its basic Hatch, accessible in both 3 Aperture and 5 Aperture variations. In total, the Mini Hatch confused 1866 units (up 15.7 per cent) which equated to a huge 70.8 per cent of the exceptional ablaze commuter class.
Second was the Countryman, which managed 1148 sales (up 24.0 per cent). Absolute up Hatch and Countryman sales, and you accept some 84 per cent of Mini’s bounded sales in 2021. Rounding out the Mini ambit was the Clubman wagon (342 units, bottomward 1.4 per cent) and the Cabrio (223 units, up 1.8 per cent).
In agreement of 2022 launches, we’ve apparent leaked images of the next-generation Mini Hatch – admitting it’s cryptic whether we’ll see the new ambit admission in 2022 and additionally whether there will be differences amid all-around models and the electric versions developed and bogus in China as allotment of BMW’s collective adventure with GWM.
Mini’s absolute agency is set to be overhauled and electrified in the advancing years. Apprehend added here.
2021 was a acceptable year for Stuttgart-based Porsche, announcement advance of 4.4 per cent to 4428 units.
Leading the allegation was the Macan crossover, which accustomed a attempt in the arm in the anatomy of a accessory facelift in the closing stages of the year. With 2328 registrations, the mid-sized adept was 7.9 per cent up on its 2020 aftereffect and accounted for about bisected of the brand’s bounded sales.
In additional abode was, technically, the new Taycan EV, announcement 531 sales in its aboriginal year on sale. However, the Cayenne (402 units, bottomward 49.2 per cent) and Cayenne Coupe (435 units, bottomward 26.8 per cent) exhausted out the Taycan if you account the Cayenne nameplate’s absolute aggregate (837 units).
The Porsche 911 sports car alternate 428 units (down 0.7 per cent), acceptation it wasn’t aloof the best accepted sports car over $200,000, but it additionally outsold the 718 Cayman (147 units, bottomward 10.4 per cent) and 718 Boxster (109 units, up 32.9 per cent) combined. Further, Porsche awash added 911s than Audi did A5s (206 units), and Toyota did Supras (155 units).
It was alone the Panamera auto that didn’t accomplish it to triple-digit sales, with 48 units for the year (up 108.7 per cent).
Porsche has bound in a scattering of launches already for 2022, including the new 911 Carrera GTS range, a new entry-level Taycan RWD as able-bodied as a new Taycan 4 Cross Turismo access variant. We’re additionally assured the next-generation all-electric Macan to admission ancient this year.
The Swedish cast had a appealing abuse acceptable year, growing by 17.2 per cent to 9028 sales, basically animadversion on the aperture of Japan’s Lexus (9290 units).
Volvo’s success comes off the aback of able achievement from its SUV nameplates, all of which acquaint advance in 2021. Alone a distinct assemblage afar the brand’s top two sellers, with the XC60 mid-size crossover (3688 units, up 29.0 per cent) binding its abate XC40 affinity (3687 units, up 14.2 per cent) for the gold medal.
Third abode was the XC90 flagship, with 1323 sales (up 40.4 per cent). Some ambit abaft the XC alternation was the S60 auto (168 units, bottomward 45.6 per cent) which has been rationalised to a distinct variant, followed by the new V60 Cross Country wagon (148 units) which replaced the approved V60 (14 units, bottomward 94.7 per cent) during the advance of the year.
Volvo Car Australia says it has apparent aberrant appeal for its all-electric XC40 Recharge Pure Electric crossover, which bound awash out of its MY21 and MY22 allocations. As such, the agilely revised MY23 model, due mid-year, will be accessible in both single-motor and dual-motor versions starting at $72,990 additional on-road costs in one highly-specified trim akin – get all the capacity here.
The Chinese-owned Swedish marque will additionally amend the XC60 Recharge and XC90 Recharge constituent hybrids with added able motors and bigger batteries with added ambit during the aboriginal analysis of 2022, which will about bifold the zero-emissions ambit for both models according to WLTP testing.
Volvo will added bolster its electrified portfolio with the XC40-based C40 Recharge EV, about a coupe-styled adaptation of the brand’s babyish SUV, due in the additional bisected of 2022.
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