We’ve reached the half-way point of the year, breathless and spent after a monster June in which a record 125,680 new vehicles were registered.
This figure, up 6.4 per cent, carried the January-June total to 578,427, which is 3.3 per cent higher than the same time in 2014, and higher even than the previous record set in June 2013 of 573,711 units.
VFACTS data shows that SUVs have been the big drivers of growth in market, with sales there up 13.8 per cent year-to-date (YTD) to 199,671. At the same time, passenger car sales have fallen 3.1 per cent to 260,752. Light commercial vehicles make up 102,684 registrations, up 1.9 per cent, while heavy commercials are up 3.9 per cent to 15,320.
The overall breakdown of the market is: 45.1 per cent passenger, 34.5 per cent SUV, 17.8 per cent light commercial and 2.6 per cent heavy commercial.
The fastest-growing individual vehicle segments are light vans (up 30.3 per cent to 2267) small SUVs (up 26.6 per cent to 54,674), light buses (up 17.4 per cent to 1605), medium SUVs (up 13.2 per cent to 69,440) and light cars (up 10.8 per cent to 58,424).
Trending downward are micro cars (down 30.9 per cent to 5846), upper large cars (down 29.1 per cent to 1455), large cars (down 13.2 per cent to 21,771) sports cars (down 8.6 per cent to 11,244), small cars (down 6.6 per cent to 120,719, still the biggest-selling segment overall by miles) and 4×4 utes (down 6.1 per cent to 20,938).
Overall, private vehicle sales are up 4.3 per cent YTD to 316,077, business sales are up 1.6 per cent to 202,237, government sales are up 1.7 per cent to 21,061 and rentals have grown 5.4 per cent to 23,732 (all totals here exclude heavy commercials).
The main source of our cars Japan (169,004, down 0.1 per cent), followed by Thailand (125,921 (up 12.0 per cent), Korea (68,239 (up 3.0 per cent), Australia (45,802, down 10.7 per cent), Germany (45,397, up 5.1 per cent) and the US (30,791, up 22.8 per cent).
Read all about June sales in our detailed breakdown here.
*Toyota HiAce was 51st, with 3754.
*Mini on 1671 is 26th
** Truck brands Isuzu (3337) and Hino (2136) technically in top 25
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