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September 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales went backwards by 2.4 per cent in September 2017 compared to the same month last year, over the same number of selling days. VFACTS figures just released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) record 100,200 new cars, SUVs and commercials as having been sold last month...

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Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September
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Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September

Here’s something nobody would have predicted a few years ago: the Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s number-one selling new vehicle in September. The Australia-developed light commercial trumped its Toyota HiLux nemesis, and regular market-toppers such as the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, with 4318 monthly sales — 87 per cent of which were more expensive 4x4s versions...


Sales of Chinese cars are up 66 per cent
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Sales of Chinese cars are up 66 per cent

China-made cars, SUVs and light commercials are still niche players, but their popularity has grown in 2017 after a few years of regression. Industry sales figures show that 3080 Chinese new vehicles have been sold this year to the end of August, up 66.3 per cent over the same period in 2016. Hold your horses though — this is 0...


Ford Mustang maintains sports car sales lead for 20th straight month
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Ford Mustang maintains sports car sales lead for 20th straight month

The Ford Mustang is still selling strongly even with an updated model coming next year, finishing August as the nation's favourite sports car for the 20th month running. While the 748 units that found homes last month are merely a shadow of the 1351-strong effort the company achieved in May, the continued popularity of Ford's pony car has put Australia at number one globally for right-hand drive Mustang markets...


August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It's the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever. Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars...


Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory
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Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory

Ford Australia has more or less covered sales lost from ending local Falcon and Territory production in October last year, by dramatically increasing sales of its imported Ranger and Mustang hero models. To the end of July, Ford’s network had sold 188 remaining Falcons (down 2631 over the same period last year), 71 Falcon Utes (down 1579) and 1641 Territory models (down 2610)...


Which vehicles are losing sales this year?
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Which vehicles are losing sales this year?

Australia's overall new vehicle market is on record pace this year, up 0.4 per cent on last year’s high-water mark. However, some well-known models aren’t having a great time. The reasons vary, from lack of supply, to the lull expected during a model changeover, to shifting buyer patterns. Nevertheless, a loss in volume is a loss in volume...


Australia's most popular SUV brands
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Australia's most popular SUV brands

With SUV sales now ahead of conventional passenger cars - sedans, hatches, wagons, people-movers, convertibles and coupes - it's never been more important to be strong at this end of the market. Australians have purchased a record 692,000 new vehicles this year, 270,477 of which are SUVs. This compares to 266,059 passenger cars and 155,770 commercials -  utes, vans and trucks...


Subaru Australia has serious sales momentum
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Subaru Australia has serious sales momentum

Subaru's Australian importer had a brilliant month in July, growing at a rate unmatched by any other top 20 car-maker and achieving almost 5 per cent market share. VFACTS figures show that the Japanese company's sales last month were 27.1 per cent greater than July in 2016, at 4265 units...


Medium car sales ranked
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Medium car sales ranked

Sales of medium-sized passenger cars continue to flag this year, beset by SUVs that cost the same price and offer greater practicality. VFACTS industry figures released this week show that Medium Car sales fell 10.6 per cent in July alone, and are down 6.3 per cent for the year. They have 5.5 per cent market share, less than small cars, light cars, and small/medium/large SUVs...


July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units - enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace. It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved...


Most popular small cars in 2017
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Most popular small cars in 2017

SUV sales are going through the roof, but it’s the small-car segment that remains the biggest by market-share, sitting at 18.7 per cent for the first half of 2017. This equates to 112,312 sales, down about 5 per cent over 2016. In other words, sales are eroding, but slowly. And three members of this segment remain ensconced in the top-five selling vehicles overall, behind the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger utes...


VFACTS 2017, January to June: New vehicle sales on record pace
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VFACTS 2017, January to June: New vehicle sales on record pace

Australia’s new vehicle market is now on track to grow over last year’s all-time annual record tally of 1,178,133 units. The blistering June 2017 result of 134,171 units (up 4.4 per cent) propelled cumulative half-year (H1) sales to 599,552, a number that is 1412 units (or 0.2 per cent) higher than the market stood at the same time last year...


June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble
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June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble

New vehicle sales hit a monthly record high of 134,171 units in June, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the previous high - achieved during the same month in 2016, which had the same number of selling-days. The sales bonanza takes year-to-date (YTD) sales to 599,552 units, overtaking 2016's high-water mark...


Five sales winners and losers in 2017
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Five sales winners and losers in 2017

Australia's new vehicle market is steadying after a rough start in 2017, but which companies are winning in a tough environment, and which are losing sales at a disproportionate rate? Here are five of each, based on either percentage or gross terms at our discretion. Background...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Ford Mustang smashes sales record as Aussie supply improves - UPDATE
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Ford Mustang smashes sales record as Aussie supply improves - UPDATE

Age is not tiring the Ford Mustang, which recorded its best monthly sales result in May by managing a barely believable 1351 units - despite no longer being the new kid on the block. This monthly tally breaks the previous record of 786 units in September 2016. The 1351 figure gives the Mustang market share of 61.6 per cent...


May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia bounced back last month, growing 6.4 per cent to a new May record of 102,901 units. The strong return to form in May improved the year-to-date (YTD) differential this year too. Sales for the year are now only 0.9 per cent down on 2016 - which was a record year...


Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang
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Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang

The old Ford versus Holden rivalry isn't what it was while local manufacturing was steaming along, but the battle still matters to many. Therefore it's interesting to note that Ford convincingly outsold Holden in Australia last month - for just the second time since 1999. Ford Australia sold 7617 vehicles here last month, up 15.7 per cent...


Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales
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Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales

Numerical sales of diesel-powered passenger cars in Australia have about halved over the past decade - though not from anything resembling a high base. By passenger cars we refer to hatches, sedans, coupes, convertibles and people-movers - vehicles that are largely declining across the board as SUVs eat their market, regardless of engine type...