Australians have purchased 83,312 new cars in September which is an increase of around 21% on the same period last year. These figures represent continuing demand for new vehicles across sectors despite lockdowns and the continued impact of the global microprocessor shortage.
Victoria recorded an increase of 96% on vehicles sold during September 2020. The Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia all recorded positive growth greater than 16%. The ACT was down 35% and New South Wales was down 8%.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said that the global microprocessor shortage, compounded by local COVID-19 restrictions, was continuing to impact across Australia. “To see an increase of 21% on 2020 figures is definitely encouraging news. For many manufacturers it is bittersweet with the knowledge of what could have been achieved in a normal trading environment.”
“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. In many respects these figures give the industry great encouragement and excitement for what will be possible in 2022 when lockdowns will hopefully be a thing of the past,” added Weber.
The SUV is up by 25% and the light commercial market up 27%. With over 150 models on offer in these segments, competition amongst brands is delivering the best technology and lowest prices for Australian families looking to break out of lockdown with a road trip.
Toyota was market leader in September with 24% of overall sales. Mazda, Ford and Hyundai followed with recordings of 8%, 7% and 6.5% respectively. The highest selling model was the Ford Ranger which recorded sales of 4,192. This was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 3,635 vehicles sold and the Toyota Corolla with 3,487.