Strong demand from private buyers and sustained interest in SUVs has resulted in another solid month of new vehicle sales.
Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 82,376 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in July, up 9.3 per cent (or 7,043 vehicles) on the same month in 2009.
“This is a very solid result for July with the start of the new financial year usually resulting in slower sales,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.
“These figures provide further evidence that sales to private customers continue to increase strongly – recording a 20 per cent rise compared to this time last year,” Mr McKellar said.
“There is a proliferation of new models on the market at the moment that buyers are finding attractive, particularly in the SUV range,” he said.
The SUV segment was the strongest performer during July with an increase of 29 per cent; followed by light commercials (up 13.7 per cent) and then passenger cars with a 3.2 per cent increase.
Toyota was the top selling marque in July with 17,250 sales; followed by Holden with 10,648, then Ford with 7,375 units. Mazda, with 7,374 sales, missed out on being in the top three by just one unit.
Year-to-date, 613,544 vehicles have been sold, an increase of 15.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2009.
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