Australian new vehicle sales bounce back
Australian new car sales for June 2014 have all but matched sales in June 2013, which has the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) suggesting car sales in this country have bounced back from recent declines.
ACCORDING TO THE FCAI Australian’s purchased 118,309 vehicles last month; only slightly less than the 118,758 sales recorded in June 2013.
Releasing the June 2014 VFACTS figures, the FCAI said, in a statement, private and government buyers led the way with private purchases in June 2014 up 8.6% and government purchases up 5.3%, compared to June 2013.
We continue to see strong growth in the SUV segment with overall SUV purchases accounting for 31.1% of the total market in June 2014—an increase of 2.2% compared to June 2013 figures.
In particular, private purchases of SUVs continue to be strong with June 2014 sales up 25.1%, compared to June 2013; and year-to-date private purchases of SUVs up 14.2%. Small and large SUVs were popular in June with small SUV sales up 14.2% (1180 units), compared to June 2013; and large SUVs up 12.6% (1510).
Light commercial vehicles were also a popular choice in June with sales in this segment rising 4.2%, compared to June 2013. Four light commercial vehicles were included in the top 10 sales for June 2014 with a fifth coming in at number 11. These were the Toyota Hilux (4276 sales), Mitsubishi Triton (4124), Ford Ranger (3214), Nissan Navara (2262) and Holden Colorado (2241).
New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory all showed positive growth when compared to June 2013 (1%, 2.2%, 7.6% and 8.3%, respectively). Western Australia and Queensland saw negative growth (2.7% and 6.1%, respectively). Sales declined by 9.1 per cent in Tasmania and 1.1 per cent in Australian Capital Territory.
Overall, the Toyota Corolla maintained the title of top selling vehicle for the month, with 4,648 sales in June 2014. The Corolla was followed by the Toyota Hilux (4276), the Mitsubishi Triton (4124), the Mazda3 (4059) and the Hyundai i30 (3243).
Toyota maintained the overall lead in market share for June 2014 (17.6%), followed by Holden (10.4%), Hyundai (8.5%), Mazda (7.9%) and Ford (7.4%).
In a separate statement, Toyota Australia crowed about its successes in June, saying the Corolla is again the best-selling car (for the fourth consecutive month) while its 4648 sales in June were its highest monthly sales since December 2010, and its best June in six years. The HiLux workhorse was runner-up nationally with 4276 sales, making June the sixth time in the past 15 months the two popular Toyota vehicles have achieved the quinella.
Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the industry continued to achieve strong sales, tracking above 1.1 million sales in 2014 after a near-record June tally of 118,309 sales.
“Australia’s automotive sector remains remarkably buoyant with almost 560,000 vehicles sold so far this year – the second highest total ever achieved in the first half of a calendar year,” Cramb says.
“The January-June total is within just 2.5 per cent of the all-time record set last year, which is an excellent result in the face of tough federal and state government budgets and a national economy that is in a transition phase,” he says.