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Market analysis: the precipitous fall of light cars

No new-vehicle market segment shed more sales over the first quarter of 2016 against the same period last year than Light Cars, home to the Mazda 2, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. In what constitutes a sharp decline, light car sales over the period of January 1 to March 31 dipped 13...

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Ford Australia the fast riser in 2016 sales race
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Ford Australia the fast riser in 2016 sales race

Ford Australia grew its sales over the first quarter of 2016 more than any other brand, March VFACTS industry sales figures have revealed. The Blue Oval brand’s local arm sold 18,641 units between January and March, up 13.7 per cent. This is also 2239 more vehicles than it sold over the same period in 2015, a differential matched by no other brand...


January-March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, ups and downs of the first quarter
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January-March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, ups and downs of the first quarter

We’re now into the second quarter of 2016, meaning we are able to deduce some Australian car industry trends for the year-to-date (YTD). Leading the pack in the sales race is the Mazda 3, which is a nose ahead of the Toyota Corolla, though sales of both of these small cars are down. Rounding out the top five were the Toyota HiLux, Hyundai i30 and Ford Ranger...


Market analysis: February SUV sales
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Market analysis: February SUV sales

The fact that SUV registrations are steaming along is not exactly going under-reported, but here is a more detailed breakdown from the month of February. SUVs achieved a market share in February (VFACTS) of 38.2 per cent, not far shy of the share of passenger cars (41). This is half the differential of just one year ago...


Ford Australia sales back on the rise
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Ford Australia sales back on the rise

Ford Australia’s sales volumes are showing some welcome signs of recovery in 2016, with growth of 17.2 per cent across the first two months of the year. Vitally, the turnaround is happening thanks not just to incremental volume gains from brand new model lines, the Everest SUV and sold-out-for-2016 Mustang sports car, but good growth from various existing brand staples such as the Mondeo, Kuga and Ranger...


February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales

The Australian new vehicle market underwent strong growth in February this year over the same (albeit one-day shorter) month in 2015 with 96,443 registrations recorded, up 6.7 per cent. The VFACTS figures released this morning by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that last month was Australia’s highest February on record...


New car sales figures February 2016
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New car sales figures February 2016

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of February 2016. For a detailed analysis, click here...


SUVs almost outsold passenger cars in January
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SUVs almost outsold passenger cars in January

The day when SUVs become the new default vehicle appears more imminent than ever after a quick scan of January’s VFACTS registration data. According to the figures, passenger cars made up 35,214 of the total market’s 84,373 sales, enough for 41.7 per cent market share. This represents a fall, compared to January 2015, of 6.7 market share percentage points...


January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers
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January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers

January new vehicle sales figures are in. Coming fresh off an annual record, the Australian market recorded a further 2.7 per cent growth in the first month of the year. VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber show that 84,373 new vehicles were registered in January — the highest figure for the month since 2013...


New Car Sales Figures January 2016
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New Car Sales Figures January 2016

  The following data are new car sales figures for the month of January 2016. For a detailed analysis, click here...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...


Toyota Camry dominates: VFACTS December sales, Australian-made back on top
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Toyota Camry dominates: VFACTS December sales, Australian-made back on top

An Australian-made vehicle burst back onto the very top of the sales charts for first time in ages in December — the venerable Toyota Camry. In a remarkable result, the Camry’s posted registration figure for the final month of the calendar year was 5321 units — well over double what it managed in December 2014...


VFACTS 2015: Top sellers across every segment, full breakdown
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VFACTS 2015: Top sellers across every segment, full breakdown

As we now know, 2015 was a record-breaking year for the Australian new vehicle market, with VFACTS recording total registrations of 1,155,408 cars, SUVs and commercials. As you can read in full detail here, Toyota finished well clear in first place, with about 18 per cent market share, ahead of Mazda — the first full importer to take silver...


2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE
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2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE

It’s official: 2015 was the biggest year for the Australian new vehicle market on record. Australians took delivery of 1,155,408 million new cars, SUVs and commercials last year, eclipsing the previous watermark of 1,136,227 set in 2013. This figure represents a climb of 3.8 per cent over the 2014 result, and is the fourth consecutive 1...


Kia Australia's sales on an upward march
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Kia Australia's sales on an upward march

Kia appears to be hitting its stride in Australia in 2015, given its annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent, or five times the market-wide figure. It was up 36 per cent in November alone. The Korean brand, which has been garnering critical respect for a number of years now, has nevertheless stagnated in sales over the past few years while sister company Hyundai has boomed...


Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking
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Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking

When it comes to fuel sources in passenger cars, Australians are straying further and further from the margins. November VFACTS industry vehicle sales figures released last week show that 41,726 passenger cars were sold last month — passenger cars being sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Of these, an overwhelming 39,152 were petrol-fired vehicles...


New Car Sales Figures November 2015
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New Car Sales Figures November 2015

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


November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace
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November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace

New vehicle sales in Australia hit record highs in November, while cumulative annual sales have now well-and-truly eclipsed the magic million mark. VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber this morning shows that 98,639 new vehicles were sold in November, up 6.9 per cent and enough to break the previous record set in 2012...


New Car Sales Figures October 2015
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New Car Sales Figures October 2015

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


VFACTS new car sales October 2015 : Toyota HiLux back on top
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VFACTS new car sales October 2015 : Toyota HiLux back on top

Australian new vehicle sales continued on their record-setting pace in October, but the big news was the return of an old favourite to the top of the individual leaderboard — the Toyota HiLux. According to industry database VFACTS, Australian dealers sold 94,321 cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles last month, up 3...