Standing out from a happy crowd of hot July sellers was the large-sedan segment, the backbone of Aussie car making.
Sales of multi-use vehicles such as SUVs and dual-cab utes soared while those of sedans soured.
And some mid-winter urge caused an unusually large number of people to decide they needed a sports car.
But a wintry gloom fell over big-sedan land.
Ford Falcon sales halved, while slumping by a third were the Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion - all Australian-made.
Other locally built cars to suffer slumps were the Holden Cruze small car (40 per cent) and Ford Territory SUV (30 per cent), while Toyota's Camry sedan defied the trend with a 29 per cent increase.
This happened in an overall car market that lifted 7 per cent on July 2011, making the achievement of one million annual sales likely.
WA was easily the champion State, with sales rocketing by 18 per cent.
Big cars were also the sore thumb here, falling 35 per cent on the previous July. But there was plenty of compensatory joy for WA dealers.
If you had small SUVs for sale you would have been swamped.
This emerging sector - featuring models somewhat smaller than the likes of a Toyota Rav4 - was stratosphere-bound, leaping by 75 per cent.
The star was the Hyundai ix35, with just over 200 sales, while also popular were the Nissan Dualis (95), Subaru XV (57), Volkswagen Tiguan (54) and Mitsubishi ASX (53).
Mid-size and large SUVs were up by about one-fifth.
Exiting showrooms the most were Toyota pair, the Prado (233 sales) and Kluger (119), while the brand's Rav4 (109) was also popular.
Other hot SUVs were the Mazda CX-5 (117), Nissan X-Trail (109) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (97).
Sandgropers are definitely crazy about 4WD dual-cab utes, with sales jumping by 30 per cent.
The top five were the Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Toyota LandCruiser and Holden Colorado.
WA's 231 per cent jump in sports car sales for July was partly due to strong Mercedes-Benz SLK sales.But newcomers at the cheaper end, the ragingly popular Hyundai Veloster and Toyota 86, were the main upward drivers.
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