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Australian cars don’t sell? Bollocks

It’s an oft-repeated line — Aussie cars just don’t sell any more, hence the need for the local brands to shut their local factories and become full importers, something each will have done by the end of 2017...

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New vehicle sales August 2015: Winners, losers and trivia
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New vehicle sales August 2015: Winners, losers and trivia

Hyundai overtakes Holden year-to-date, leaps into third Holden Commodore finished August as third-top selling mode Two of the top-six selling models were Australian-made (Camry the other) Small Car sales plummet, Small SUV sales boom Ranger and Triton each beat HiLux for the month Fiat Chrysler sales contracting Benz, BMW and Audi sell more passenger cars than Ford, Mitsubishi, Subaru The August VFACTS new vehicle sales figures are in...


Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month
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Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month

It was generally business as usual for the Australian new vehicle market in July. The Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 ruled the roost, SUVs continued to boom and a trio of utes led by the Toyota HiLux filled out the top 10. But of course, every month brings its share of surprises, like this one we told you about already...


New Car Sales Figures July 2015
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New Car Sales Figures July 2015

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


July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicle registrations continued their upward trajectory in July, growing 2.7 per cent over the same month in 2014. The July figures of 92,308 units take 2015’s cumulative annual total to 670,735, up 3.2 per cent. Monthly VFACTS figures show that July was business as usual: the swing to SUVs continues — these vehicles grew 13...


Top 10 hottest cars of 2015 to date
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Top 10 hottest cars of 2015 to date

What new vehicles have grown in registrations the most in 2015 so far? If you’re in the market for a new car, SUV and commercial, it can be valuable to know. After all, cars in hot demand might just be harder to haggle on than those that are struggling against rivals. Then again, they might be flying in the sales race precisely because they’re so affordable...


Light van sales growing at a rate of knots
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Light van sales growing at a rate of knots

Small SUVs may be capturing the modern automotive zeitgeist better than other vehicles, but there is one part of the market growing even faster in percentage terms — light-sized vans. The Vans/CC < 2.5t segment, which includes the Volkswagen Caddy, Renault Kangoo, Suzuki APV, Citroen Berlingo and Fiat Doblo, remains small in numerical terms — just 2267 registrations YTD, up from 1740 at this point last year...


New Car Sales Figures June 2015
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New Car Sales Figures June 2015

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


Top 50 cars, top 25 brands in 2015 to date
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Top 50 cars, top 25 brands in 2015 to date

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...


June 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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June 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

The annual June rush is over, new vehicle sales for the month were the highest on record and perhaps, just as interestingly, the top-selling new car was one very few of us would have expected… According to June 2015 VFACTS industry statistics, 125,850 new cars, SUVs and commercials were registered. That's a 6...


Isuzu Ute keeps on truckin' up the charts
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Isuzu Ute keeps on truckin' up the charts

There has been much written lately about a number of ‘glamour’ utes coming to Australia soon, with new technologies and fancier designs to accommodate people buying them as second family vehicles. Vehicles falling into this category include the new Nissan Navara, and the forthcoming updated Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50...


Top 10? No big deal, says Mercedes-Benz
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Top 10? No big deal, says Mercedes-Benz

Luxury market leader Mercedes-Benz Australia says it doesn’t really care if it breaks into the top-10-selling brands in the country or not. The German premium powerhouse is easily Australia’s most purchased premium brand, and when you factor in its commercial vehicle arm, it’s also right up there with the market’s top-volume brands full-stop...


Supercars netting super sales among cashed-up Australians
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Supercars netting super sales among cashed-up Australians

Australians are buying fewer vehicles classified as sportscars this year than they did in 2014, but there is one part of the market that serves as a notable exception. Automotive sales database VFACTS breaks its Sports segment into three different sections based on price: Under $80,000, over $80,000 and over $200,000. And while total sales across all three are down 8...


New Car Sales Figures May 2015
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New Car Sales Figures May 2015

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


Year of the niche Euro brands?
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Year of the niche Euro brands?

We have called it the ‘Year of the Wagon’ here at CarAdvice, but perhaps we should rename it the ‘Year of the Affordable Niche Euro Brand’. One of those interesting patterns beginning to emerge in 2015 now that we have five full months of sales behind us is the sales rise in a quintet of smaller-volume, affordable and left-of-centre Euro brands...


Honda HR-V sales already booming
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Honda HR-V sales already booming

The Honda HR-V has swiftly become the brand’s top-selling model in 2015, overtaking the Jazz light hatch and its CR-V big brother despite only launching in mid-February. According to May’s VFACTS industry sales figures, Honda registered 910 HR-V’s for the month, compared to 799 units for the Jazz (up a remarkable 172...


Small car sales plummet in May
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Small car sales plummet in May

Sales in the most popular part of Australia’s new car market — small cars under $40,000 — plummeted in May as the segment wore attacks from multiple fronts. Sub-$40K small car registrations in May were recorded by VFACTS as 16,043 units, which represents a 17.1 per cent drop on May 2014. The overall market share of all small cars declined last month from 22...


May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicles sales in Australia dipped 1.3 per cent in May compared with the same month last year, though the total market remains in positive territory year-to-date (YTD). Total registrations were 93,327 units, the lowest May tally since 2011. The negative figure also ends three months of growth in 2015, reflected by the fact that the market is up 2...


Ute sales spiked in May
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Ute sales spiked in May

Light commercial ute sales appear to have spiked last month, based on early May sales data. Official VFACTS figures will be revealed tomorrow, but figures we've seen show a jump in one-tonne ute sales of about 22.0 per cent over the same month in 2015. The monthly jump is well above the year-to-date growth at that end of the market totalling about 3...


Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's
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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)...