Australia’s new car market fell 2.3 per cent in May 2014, when compared to May 2013; with 94,562 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold.
Releasing the VFACTS figures for May 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said business purchases declined significantly in May, with total business sales down 9.1 per cent. Government purchases continue to rise, increasing 5.9 per cent. Private sales also grew by 1.6 per cent.
“Sales declined in all states and territories, except New South Wales and South Australia. Sales in these two states remained steady, showing 0.3 and 0.1 per cent growth, respectively, when compared with May 2013 sales,” Mr Weber said.
“Looking at year-to-date figures, new car sales in Western Australia have fallen a significant 10.4 per cent, compared to the same period in 2013.
“While new passenger car and light commercial vehicle sales declined by 6.3 and 3.6 per cent, respectively, SUV sales were strong, increasing 5.4 per cent compared to new SUV sales in May 2013. In particular, sales of small SUVs were up 18.8 per cent on May 2013 figures, and large SUV sales were up 10.4 per cent.”
The Toyota Corolla was the top selling car in May 2014, with 3,871 sales. The Corolla was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 3,313 sales, and the Mazda3 with 3,291 sales. The Australian-made Holden Commodore was the fourth top selling car with 2,648 sales. The Hyundai i30 came in fifth with 2,553 sales.
Toyota remained the overall market leader in April, with 18.2 per cent of the market (17,246 sales). Toyota was followed by Holden with 9.5 per cent of the market (9,012 sales), Hyundai with 8.9 per cent of the market (8,403 sales), Mazda with 8.2 per cent of the market (7,751 sales) and Ford with 7.3 per cent of the market (6,950 sales).
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