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The Australian new car market has increased 12.3 percent in September 2022 with a total of 93,555 vehicle sales. This brings the year-to-date total to 811,130 new cars sold according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Sales increased in the ACT by 67.7 per cent with 1,498 vehicles sold. The same goes for New South Wales 20.8 per cent (28,945 units sold); Victoria 23.8 per cent (25,367 vehicles sold) and Queensland 2.9 per cent (20,634 cars sold).

Meanwhile, sales slowed in the remaining States and Territories. Sales in the Northern Territory was down 9.8 per cent (832 cars); South Australia 2.2 per cent (6,005 units sold); Tasmania 0.9 per cent (1,630 cars); and Western Australia; 6 per cent (8,644 vehicles).

Leading the market last month was Toyota with 14,852 vehicles sold followed by Kia with 7,290 vehicle sales, Mazda (7,259 sales), Mitsubishi (6,784 sales), and Ford (6,635 sales).

Sales across the ACT increased by 67.7 per cent with 1,498 vehicles sold.  Sales were also up in all other States and Territories recorded declines in sales.  The NT 9.8 per cent (832); South Australia 2.2 per cent (6,005); Tasmania 0.9 per cent (1,630); and Western Australia; 6 per cent (8,644).

The Passenger Vehicle Market is down by 1,041 vehicle sales (-5.6%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 8,811 vehicle sales (21.6%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 2,217 vehicle sales (11.1%) and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 256 vehicle sales (6.5%) versus September 2021.

The highest selling model of the month was the Toyota Hi-Lux with 5,170 sales reported followed by the Ford Range (4890 units sold), the Tesla Model Y (4,359 units sold), Mazda’s CX-5 (2439), and then by Mitsubishi’s Triton (2,319).

The presence of electric vehicles in the top 5 vehicle models sold for September is a welcome change according to FCA and signals “a growing number of Australians were committed to decarbonising their transport choices”. Said FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber.

“During September 2022, 7,247 battery electric vehicles were sold, more than hybrid and plug-in-hybrid combined (5,141).  Year to date, 21,771 battery electric vehicles have been sold.  While the overall market share of battery electric vehicles remains low (2.7 per cent), there is a clear market trend towards zero-emission technology,” Mr. Weber said.

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