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Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's

Australia’s road fatality rates are about half those of the US and South Korea, but almost twice as bad as Sweden and the UK. Latest figures released this week show that our rate sits 15th among 32 member countries contributing to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD)...

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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 compared with 31 other countries
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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 compared with 31 other countries

Road fatalities among the 32 member countries of the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) fell a remarkable 42.0 per cent between 2000 and 2013, latest figures show. But Australia’s reduction — a still commendable 35.0 per cent over the 14-year period — was fourth-lowest among the IRTAD Group, higher only than Canada, the US and Chile...


Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015

Fiat Chrysler Australia’s recent, significant sales growth has hit a bit of a snag over the first four months of this year. Registrations and market share across its group of brands are down over the same period in 2014, against an overall market up 3.5 per cent. The exception is Jeep...


The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands
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The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands

Australia’s automotive landscape is constantly evolving, and glancing back through history highlights some dramatic shifts in our brand preferences. The following table compares 2015 year-to-date sales (January to April) versus comparative data from 2005: Brand Current rank 2005 rank Current sales 2005 sales Change Toyota 1 1  64,285 59,590 +7...


Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record
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Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record

Volkswagen swept up the sales charts in April, finishing in sixth position on the back of 13.8 per cent growth over the same month in 2014. Australia’s top-selling European brand recorded 4572 deliveries in April and netted 5.6 per cent market share, enough to leap ahead of both Mitsubishi (4077) and Nissan (4188), and not all that far off Ford (5163)...


Light is right for Australian new car buyers
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Light is right for Australian new car buyers

The exodus from passenger cars to SUVs may have reached record heights, but one segment in particular has bucked that trend in 2015. Sales of light cars have increased 11.0 per cent so far this year to 36,578, making it one of only two passenger segments not to lose ground compared with 2014 (the other is the medium segment, which is up 6.0 per cent)...


Passenger vehicle sales a study in stark contrast
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Passenger vehicle sales a study in stark contrast

Overall passenger vehicle sales continued their slide in April, but this was not the case at the figurative top end of town. As we have reported, overall passenger vehicle sales fell 10.3 per cent last month against a total market that actually grew overall, largely on the back of SUVs, up 17 per cent...


New Car Sales Figures April 2015
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New Car Sales Figures April 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of April 2015. For a detailed analysis, click here...


Car sales April 2015: Winners and losers
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Car sales April 2015: Winners and losers

Australia’s seemingly insatiable appetite for SUVs has seen the new vehicle market continue its positive trend in April, with sales increasing 1.2 per cent over the same month last year. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reveals 81,656 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold across the country last month, taking 2015’s tally to 359,250 – up 3...


Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss
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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner believes that sales of premium vehicles will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the market. However, he also believes his brand must retain balance and avoid moving too far downmarket. This would happen by focusing too heavily on the growth areas at the lower ‘conquest’ end of its range, embodied by the likes of the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer...


Top ten growth vehicles of 2015 so far
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Top ten growth vehicles of 2015 so far

Australia’s total new vehicle market is in a good place. Its growth of 4.2 per cent over the first quarter of this year is a welcome return to positive territory after a flat 2014. Here is a quick wrap of the five biggest drivers of this growth, with five additional 'honourable mentions'...


Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3
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Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3

On the back of yesterday’s announcement that a record number of new vehicles were sold across the country in March, online bookmaker Sportsbet is backing this year’s sales tally to surpass that of 2014. Sportsbet has 2015 at $1.35 to register more new vehicle sales than 2014. Official VFACTS data shows that Australians purchased 277,594 new vehicles in the first three months of 2015, up 4...


New Car Sales Figures March 2015
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New Car Sales Figures March 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of March 2015. For a detailed analysis, click here...


Mitsubishi posts a sales record in Q1, 2015
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Mitsubishi posts a sales record in Q1, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) broke its quarter-one import sales record this year. That means that, across the first three months of 2015, it registered more cars than any other year since it became a full importer in 2008 upon the closure of its South Australian factory...


Mercedes-Benz powers on in March
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Mercedes-Benz powers on in March

Mercedes-Benz sales in Australia continue to power on at a rate that its main luxury rivals aren't matching, growing almost 30 per cent in March alone. The Stuttgart marque recorded 3482 deliveries across its passenger, SUV and commercial range last month, enough to finish as the 11th most popular brand overall. As has become the norm, its rivals Audi (1858 sales, up 22...


Subaru Outback posts mammoth March sales - UPDATE
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Subaru Outback posts mammoth March sales - UPDATE

The new Subaru Outback had a momentous and record-breaking month of sales in March, with its maker’s Australian arm registering 1180 units — growth of 410.8 per cent. So strong was the new Outback’s month, it finished third in the big-selling large SUV segment, behind only the Toyota Prado (1483) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (1197)...


Tesla sales top 10,000 in Q1; Elon Musk says Australian sales "surprisingly good"
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Tesla sales top 10,000 in Q1; Elon Musk says Australian sales "surprisingly good"

Tesla shares have surged off the back off record sales in the first quarter of 2015, in which the high-profile electric vehicle company cracked 10,000 sales for a quarter for the first time in its history. Tesla shares traded as high as US$207.75 ($273.75) yesterday following Friday’s announcement that the company delivered 10,030 Model S EVs between January and March...


Holden maintains title as Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle brand
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Holden maintains title as Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle brand

Holden was Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle make in 2014, according to the latest data released today from Victoria Police and the Crime Statistics Agency. A mantle it has held consecutively since 2010, Holden led the automotive pack of pinched property ahead of Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Honda, with lion-stamped product comprising 15...


Growth brands of 2015 so far
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Growth brands of 2015 so far

New vehicle sales in Australia have returned to a positive position this year, with registrations over the first two months of the year growing by 2 per cent over a flat 2014. But some brands are punching well above this figure, recording double-digit growth levels that must surely be putting a smile on their collective dials...


New Car Sales Figures February 2015
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New Car Sales Figures February 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of February 2015...