The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the automotive industry, recently reported November sales figures for new vehicles in
Australia – and for the first time in more than two and a half years, the figures were positive.

Sales for the month of November were recorded at 95,205, an increase of 10,497 sales or 12.4 per cent on November 2019 when 84,708 sales were recorded.
On a year-to-date basis, 821,316 sales were recorded, a 16.1 per cent decrease on the same period in 2019 when 978,628 sales were recorded.

Tony Weber, chief executive of the FCAI, said the industry welcomed the first signs of recovery in the new vehicle market. “Recent Australian new vehicles sales have seen 31 months of straight decline. This has been caused by a number of well recognised factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and environmental and financial issues. “With the Australian economy showing improvement, it’s good news to see new vehicle sales trending in a more positive direction,” Mr Weber said.

During the month 20,711 Passenger Vehicle were sold (down 10.1 per cent from November 2019), representing 21.8 per cent of the total market. SUVs again claimed the lion’s share (52.5 per cent) of the market with a total of 50,016 sales, up a notable 26.5 per cent from November 2019. Light Commercial vehicles claimed 22.3 per cent of the market with 21,252 sales, up 11.5 per cent from November 2019.

Toyota was the top selling brand for the month, with 23,204 sales, followed by Mazda with 9,053 sales, Hyundai with 6,903 sales, Ford with 6,613 sales and Mitsubishi with 5,488 sales. The top five selling models for the month were the Toyota Hi Lux with 5,038 sales, the Ford Ranger with 4,260 sales, the Toyota RAV4 with 3,800 sales, the Toyota Landcruiser with 2,947 sales and the Toyota Corolla with 2,774 sales.