The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the automotive industry in Australia, today released the new vehicle sales figures for March 2021.
A total of 100,005 vehicles were sold in March 2021, up 22.4% on March 2020 sales when 81,690 vehicles were sold. This positive result was reflected across all states and territories other than the ACT, which was down 43.8%. The Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia all recorded growth above 30% for the month.
SUV sales were up 32 % and Light Commercial vehicles were up 28%. Eight of the top ten selling vehicles for the month were SUVs or Light Commercials, driven by increasing demand from the private buyers.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said new vehicle sales continued to show growth as the economy gradually emerged from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Sales of electric vehicles reached 411 in March, an increase of 248 compared with the same month in 2020.
Toyota was the leading brand in March with sales of 21,319 vehicles, followed by Mazda with 10,785, Hyundai with 6,852, Mitsubishi with 6,430 and Ford with 5,977.
The Toyota Hilux was the best-selling vehicle in March 2021 with sales of 5,319, followed by the Ford Ranger with 3,983, the Toyota RAV4 with 3,522, the Toyota Landcruiser with 3,392 and the Mazda CX-5 with 3,022.