The Mazda3 starts from $19,990 drive-away.
The Mazda3 starts from $19,990 drive-away. Contributed

Mazda3 improves market odds with rapid-fire price drop

ODDS of Mazda3 returning to the number one selling spot in the Australian passenger car market have shorted quickly.

Drive-away pricing of $19,990 (a drop of about $3000) for the Mazda3 started on July 1 which has the odds with online bookie sportsbet.com.au going into reverse.

A new Mazda3 will arrive in Australia next year. The new look hatch was revealed recently in Melbourne, which has prompted the drive-away pricing.

Mazda3 started the year as the $2.20 favourite in the market before stalling and dropping out to $4.50, however, this latest move to attract customers has seen their odds speed up to a more competitive $3.

Toyota remained the best and second best-selling brand for June but their HiLux is now right in the Corolla's rear-view, moving from $2.75 into $2.50.

Despite finishing second for June, the Corolla still sets the pace with overall sales and in the betting as the $2.10 favourite.

Troubled manufacture Holden has seen the previously unstoppable Commodore suffer a blow-out with odds now offered at $15.

"Less than 900 cars separated the top three cars in the first six months of the year. H2 could see Mazda3 overtake both Toyotas," sportsbet.com.au's Will Byrne said.

Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au

Best Selling New Car 2013
$2.10   Toyota Corolla  (out from $1.85)
$2.50   Toyota HiLux (in from $2.75)
$3.00   Mazda3 (in from $4.50)
$15      Holden Commodore (out from $13)
$19      Hyundai i30 (out from $15)
$21      Nissan Navara  (out from $19)
$26      Holden Cruze (out from $21)
$41      Toyota Camry (out from $34)
$51      Toyota Yaris (out from $41)
$151    Ford Focus (out from $101)



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