Strewth! Ford overtakes Holden for first time this century and now we hear Mustang outsells the Falcon in Australia!
For the first time this century, Ford has beaten its historical rival Holden in the monthly new-car sales race.
The last time Ford beat its former foe was 17 years and three months ago — in January 1999 — when the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon still battled for top spot. The last time Ford beat Holden in a month was during the AU Falcon era.
Ford outsold Holden by just 132 deliveries (6842 versus 6710) in April, its sixth month in a row of growth after 11 years of sharp decline, according to official sales figures due to be released midday Wednesday.
Ford was driven by demand for the new Mustang — which has outsold the locally-made Falcon so far this year — and its Ranger 4WD ute, which outsold the Toyota HiLux 4WD for the second time in four months.
While Holden still leads Ford in the year-to-date tally, it has been beaten every month this year by Hyundai and finished fifth in April — the lowest ranking for the General Motors brand since records were kept.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries