Winners, losers, and a full breakdown of industry sales results

Australia’s new vehicle market cooled off in April after a record first-quarter to the calendar year, with the industry’s VFACTS figures reporting 82,930 cars and trucks sold, down 0.2 per cent over the same month last year.

One-third of the way into the sales year, the market tally sits at 374,468 units, up 3.3 per cent over 2017’s all-time record figure. So, this year is still set to be the biggest ever for sales/demo registrations.

April sales always taper off, because March is consistently a massive month, with Japanese brands clearing stock before the end of their financial year, and others wanting to report strong Q1 results. There are also fewer selling days, as a rule of thumb.

As has become the norm, SUVs were the dominant vehicle type, taking 43.6 per cent market share, ahead of passenger vehicles (basically any car that’s not a SUV) on 33.2 per cent, and light commercial vehicles (utes, vans and small buses) 19.4 per cent.

Much of the small market contraction came from NSW, which was down 5.5 per cent and is the nation’s biggest market. By contrast, fellow major populations Victoria and Queensland managed small growth.