Chinese brand MG outsells Hyundai and Mitsubishi for the first time in Australia

In a big surprise, the Chinese brand MG outsold Hyundai and Mitsubishi, taking fifth place in the new car sales race for the first time in Australia last month.

chinese brand mg has claimed arguably his biggest victory to date, beating hyundai Y mitsubishi in the December 2022 New Car Sales Race.

It is the first time that a Chinese brand has outsold automakers from South Korea and Japan in a given month in Australia.

Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that MG reported 5,194 new cars sold in December 2022, surpassing Mitsubishi (4,927) and Hyundai (4,434) to rank fifth in the monthly sales ranking by first time.

Hyundai (73,345) and Mitsubishi (76,991) still outsold MG for the entire calendar year (49,582).

However, MG posted record annual sales, as Hyundai posted its third-lowest result in a decade and Mitsubishi posted its best annual result in three years.

Hyundai was also overtaken by its sister brand kia for the first time in a full calendar year in Australia, marking a changing of the guard between the two sister brands.

Since Hyundai and Kia came to Australia as budget brands in the 1990s, Hyundai has had a significant sales advantage over Kia.

However, things changed in 2022 after a decade of Kia sales growth when Hyundai backed down.

Some industry analysts believe that Kia’s sales gains in Australia have come at Hyundai’s expense. However, the figures show that both brands combined now sell more cars than a decade ago.

  • 2022 49,582, 27.1% more (record)
  • 2021 39,025
  • 2020 15,253
  • 2019 8326
  • 2018 3007
  • 2017 600

Source: Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industryis.

Joshua Dowling has been a motorsports journalist for over 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motorsports editor and an early member of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for over 10 years.

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