2013 was a record year for car sales, with Australians buying 1.13 million new cars—2.2 per cent more than the previous record set in 2012. It was also a steady year for motorcycle sales, with Australians buying 114,000 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters.
When the FCAI announced these sales results at the start of 2013, Chief Executive Tony Weber highlighted some interesting trends. These included: the continuing popularity of small cars and, a large increase in small SUV sales; a significant increase in private buyers purchasing light commercial vehicles; and a steady increase in off-road motorcycle sales.
As we move through the first half of 2014, we are seeing some of these trends continue, while some new trends emerge.
The automotive policy landscape is also changing rapidly.
Read more in the FCAI Annual Report for 2013.