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New car sales grow despite lockdowns and supply chain woes

Australians have purchased 83,312 new cars in September which is an increase of around 21 per cent 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 per cent on vehicles sold during September 2020. The Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia all recorded positive growth greater than 16 per cent. The ACT was down 35 per cent and New South Wales was down 8 per cent.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 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 per cent 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.” Mr Weber said.

 “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.” 

“The Sports Utility Market is up by 25 per cent and the Light Commercial Market up 27 per cent. 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.” Mr Weber added.

Toyota was market leader in September with 24 per cent of overall sales. Mazda, Ford and Hyundai followed with recordings of 8, 7 and 6.5 per cent 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. 


Summary by Class: 

Key Points:

  • The September 2021 market of 83,312 new vehicle sales is an increase of 14,327 vehicle sales or 20.8% on September 2020 (68,985) vehicle sales. September 2021 had 25.6 selling days compared to September 2020 with 25.9 which resulted in an increase of 590.9 vehicle sales per day.
  • The Passenger Vehicle Market is up by 811 vehicle sales (4.6%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 8,185 vehicle sales
    (25.1%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 4,263 vehicle sales (27.0%) and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 1,068 vehicle sales (37.5%) versus
    September 2020.
  • Toyota was market leader in September, followed by Mazda and Ford. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 13,661 vehicle sales and 16.4 market share points.