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Market Insight: Crunch time for small cars

3 cheers: The redesigned Mazda3 should help arrest the decline of Mazda’s top-selling model, but the market shift towards SUVs will not be turned around by this, or other, new small cars on the horizon.

New metal, heavy market action unlikely to stop sales of small cars sliding further

15 Feb 2019

-PASSENGER cars have copped a lot of bad press over the past 12 months or so, blamed for dragging down the softening new-vehicle market, and this year will be an important indicator of the sector’s health as one of the nation’s biggest segments – small cars – ushers in a host of new models.


-Among the top-five best-selling vehicles across all categories, the Mazda3 enters a fourth generation around June and Toyota will bolster its new-generation Corolla range with a sedan body style in the final quarter as the hatchback is now kicking off its first full year of trading after the Gen XII model was launched last August.


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