Despite lockdowns and global supply chain disruptions, Australian new car sales in September have grown year-on-year according to the recent VFACTS released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
The FCAI reported 83,312 new vehicle sales in September 2021, an increase of 20.8 percent from the same period last year. This figure represents an additional 14,327 vehicles sales compared to September 2020.
This brings the total sales for the year to 816,140 units sold, a 27 percent increase from the same period last year.
New South Wales recorded the highest units sold this month at 23,965 despite an 8 percent drop from September 2020. Victoria comes in second, narrowly doubling its year-to-year sales from 10,447 last year units to 20,495 this year. Queensland closely follows in at 3rd with 20,062 units sold.
The Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) category had the biggest market share this month at 40,832 sales or 49 percent. This is follower by light commercials at 20,035 sales or 24 percent market share and then by passenger cars at 18,531 sales or 22.2 percent market share.
Meanwhile, the 4×4 Ute segment took 17.4 percent of the market with 14,476 total units sold. This is follower by medium SUVs 16.8 percent (14,031 units sold), large SUVs at 13.4 percent (11,145 units sold), small SUVs at 12.9 percent (10,750 units sold), and small cars at 11.4 percent (9,513 units sold).
Top Selling Brands of September 2021
Toyota headed the market this month with a total of 20,216 units sold, an increase of 56.3 percent from last year. Mazda came in second with 6555 units sold (down 6.4 percent from September 2021) while Ford followed in 3rd place with 5759 units sold (up 19.6 percent from last year).
|Toyota||20,216||Up 56.3 percent|
|Mazda||6555||Down 6.4 percent|
|Ford||5759||Up 19.6 percent|
|Hyundai||5457||Up 3.5 percent|
|Kia||5155||Up 1.2 percent|
|Mitsubishi||4605||Up 10.2 percent|
|Volkswagen||3791||Up 8.5 percent|
|Isuzu Ute||3130||Up 102.5 percent|
|Subaru||3062||Up 44.4 percent|
|MG||3010||Up 93.7 percent|
Top Selling Models of September 2021
This month, the Ford Range took the lead as the top-selling model with 4192 units sold (up 12.5 percent). The Toyota Hilux comes in second with 3635 units sold (up 0.7 percent) while the Toyota Corolla ended up in 3rd place this month with 3487 units sold (up 138.5 percent).
|Ford Ranger||4192||Up 12.5 percent|
|Toyota Hilux||3635||Up 0.7 percent|
|Toyota Corolla||3487||Up 138.5 percent|
|Toyota RAV4||3390||Up 39.3 percent|
|Toyota Prado||2173||Up 165.0 percent|
|Hyundai i30||2034||Up 13.9 percent|
|Isuzu D-Max||1833||Up 64.0 percent|
|Toyota Camry||1610||Up 35.1 percent|
|Mitsubishi ASX||1489||Up 58.4 percent|
|Mazda BT-50||1444||Up 176.2 percent|
Challenging Yet Encouraging Times
According to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber, these numbers are “encouraging news” despite the impact of the global microprocessor shortage and lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are challenging times, but automotive manufacturers are rising to meet them. Brands are working across their supply chains to deal with microprocessor issues and consumers are embracing online purchasing through click and collect delivery options,” Mr. Weber stated.
He adds that “For many manufacturers it is bittersweet with the knowledge of what could have been achieved in a normal trading environment.”