THE Toyota HiLux is back on top as new car sales figures finally headed northward, with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) confirming that for the first time in more than two and a half years, the November results were positive.
A total of 95,205 new cars were sold last month, an increase of 10,497 sales or 12.4 per cent on November 2019. On a year-to-date basis, 821,316 sales were recorded, a 16.1 per cent decrease on the same period in 2019 when 978,628 sales were recorded.
Tony Weber, chief executive of the FCAI, said the industry welcomed the first signs of recovery in the new vehicle market, attributing the change to an economy that’s showing signs of improvement.
“Recent Australian new vehicles sales have seen 31 months of straight decline. This has been caused by a number of well recognised factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and environmental and financial issues,” he said.
“Why are we seeing an improvement now? We believe there are a few contributing factors, including rising optimism from the Australian public as COVID-19 restrictions ease.”
An increase in consumer confidence is backed by government support programs during the pandemic, the easing of lending restrictions, and the current competitive automotive market.
“We also believe that, given our inability to travel internationally, many Australians are choosing to purchase a new vehicle and holiday at home this year – and we fully expect to see a notable increase in family driving trips over the Christmas season,” Mr Weber said.
“With this in mind, the FCAI would like to remind all drivers to visit their dealers and ensure their vehicles are in first class condition prior to departing on a road-based family holiday.”
During the month, 20,711 passenger vehicles were sold (down 10.1 per cent from November 2019), representing 21.8 per cent of the total market. SUVs again claimed the lion’s share (52.5 per cent) of the market with a total of 50,016 sales.
Those numbers are up a notable 26.5 per cent from November 2019. Light commercial vehicles claimed 22.3 per cent of the market with 21,252 sales, up 11.5 per cent from November 2019.
Toyota was the top selling brand for the month, with 23,204 sales, followed by Mazda with 9,053 sales, Hyundai with 6,903 sales, Ford with 6,613 sales and Mitsubishi with 5,488 sales.
The top five selling models for the month were the Toyota HiLux with 5,038 sales, the Ford Ranger with 4,260 sales, the Toyota RAV4 with 3,800 sales, the Toyota Landcruiser with 2,947 sales, and the Toyota Corolla with 2,774 sales.