July 2014 new car sales have fallen just 0.4% (368 cars) shy of July 2013’s record with Australians purchasing 89,867 new passenger cars.

RELEASING VFACTS figures for July 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said, “SUVs continue to rise in popularity, with sales in the segment up 12.7 per cent on July 2013 figures; and year-to-date figures up 4.1%”.

“In particular, small SUV sales increased 34.8%, compared to sales in July 2013. Medium SUV sales were up 6.5% and large SUV sales were up 8.8%,” Mr Weber said.

“The popularity of the SUV has seen the segment increase its market share by 1.9 per cent, compared to the same year-to-date period in 2013. SUV sales accounted for 31.4% of the January to July 2014 motor vehicle market, and 32.1% of the market in the month of July 2014.

“Passenger and light commercial sales decreased 6.2 and 5.1%, respectively, compared to July 2013 sales. Looking at year-to-date (YTD) figures, sales in these segments declined 4.6 and 5.3%, respectively, compared to January to July 2013 sales figures.

“Government purchases of new motor vehicles continue to increase in 2014, with sales up 8.5% compared to July 2013, and 6.4% compared to the same YTD period in 2013. Government buyers purchased 31.8% more SUVs than in July 2013 and 11.4% new passenger cars. However, Government purchases of light commercial vehicles decreased by 9%.

“Private sales rose 1.4%, with private buyers purchasing 16.9% more SUVs than in July 2013; but 6.4 per cent less passenger vehicles and 1.6% less light commercial vehicles. YTD private sales are up 2.1%.

“Business sales continue to fall behind 2013 sales figures, with business buyers purchasing 5.1 per cent fewer new motor vehicles than in July 2013; bringing YTD figures 8.4 per cent lower than in 2013.”

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria all showed growth when compared to July 2013 (5.4%, 2.9%, 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively). Sales declined in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia (-13%, -4.6%, -11.2% and -3%, respectively).
Overall, the Toyota Corolla maintained the title of top selling vehicle for the month, with 3800 sales in July 2014. The Corolla was followed by the Mazda3 (3421), Toyota Hilux (3140), the Holden Commodore (2469) and the Hyundai i30 (2434).

Toyota maintained the overall lead in market share for June 2014 (18.3%), followed by Holden (10%), Hyundai (9.3%), Mazda (9%) and Ford (6.9%).


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