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It’s no secret the Australian new vehicle market is struggling, after enduring 11 successive months of negative growth compared to the corresponding month in the preceding year...

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Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range
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Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range

Utes filled the top three sales spots in February — Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and the updated Mitsubishi Triton — as our appetite for vehicles that can work and play eclipses a new threshold. While the entire car market hit the brakes last month, down by 9.3 per cent, the top selling utes either held or gained ground...


VFACTS: February 2019 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: February 2019 new vehicle sales

Top-three sellers all utes: HiLux, Ranger and Triton Mitsubishi third, Kia sixth and Holden tenth as top echelon shuffles around Light commercials take 23 per cent market share, passenger cars plummet Sales of Chinese cars up almost 130 per cent, Korean and US imports well down Mid-sized SUVs the most popular vehicle type once again New vehicle sales in Australia continued to hit the brakes in February, down 9...


Skoda posts a strong start to 2019
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Skoda posts a strong start to 2019

Skoda Australia has defied market trends to record a strong start in 2019, posting double-digit growth for the January-March period compared to last year. Driven by the Kodiaq SUV and mid-sized Octavia, which saw 173 and 93 registrations in February respectively, the Czech member of the Volkswagen Group managed a total of 495 sales for the month...


Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019
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Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019

DEALERS are likely to be desperate to do a sharp price on a new car in March – traditionally the second-biggest month of the year for sales – after figures for February revealed the biggest market slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis. It is now 11 months in a row sales have fallen short of the same month the previous year — and even market leader Toyota has been hit hard...


Jaguar Land Rover suffers massive fourth-quarter loss
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Jaguar Land Rover suffers massive fourth-quarter loss

Jaguar Land Rover has posted a £3.4 billion ($6.2 billion) loss for the fourth quarter of 2018, on the back of low demand for diesel engines and sluggish sales in China. The result is the company's worst quarterly loss, driven in part by a £3.1 billion ($5.7 billion) write-down on the value of its investments...


Lexus sets January sales record
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Lexus sets January sales record

Lexus Australia has continued its growth this past month, setting an all-time sales record for the month of January with 705 registrations. The result is a 15.8 per cent improvement on January 2018's figure of 609 units, largely bolstered by the introduction of the all-new UX baby crossover (pictured above), which added 116 units...


VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap
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VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap

Claimed new vehicle sales continued their downward trajectory in Australia over January, with the market down 7.4 per cent over the same month in 2018, to 88,851 units. This follows the trend from last year, when new vehicle sales went backwards for the first time in a few years after a strong start, and in which 10 of 12 months showed negative growth...


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance takes global passenger car crown
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance takes global passenger car crown

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has beaten out Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company for the 2018 passenger car sales crown, with a total of 10.76 million sales worldwide. According to figures released by the various brands, the combination of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors accounted for 10.76 million passenger and light-commercial vehicles around the world, ahead of 10...


Mercedes again beats BMW, Audi in global sales
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Mercedes again beats BMW, Audi in global sales

Mercedes-Benz remains the world’s most popular luxury car brand, outselling its German arch-rivals BMW and Audi for the third successive year. Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs were 2,310,185 units last calendar year, up 0.6 per cent on 2017. This doesn't include vans, which are sold by a distinct organisation. But it was a close-run thing...


Big change coming to dealer demonstrator cars
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Big change coming to dealer demonstrator cars

Getting a sharp deal on a near-new “demonstrator” car could soon become more difficult. The automotive industry is about to tighten its sales reporting practices, which will likely lead to fewer so-called “demonstrator” models sold at heavily discounted prices...


VFACTS: Six brands that managed bumper 2018 sales
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VFACTS: Six brands that managed bumper 2018 sales

Much of the talk around Australia’s 2018 new vehicle sales results centred around the 3 per cent decline in volume over 2017’s record tally. However, it’s not all doom and gloom out there despite regulations in the financial sector, the ongoing drought, and reduced house prices in major population centres...


VFACTS: 2018 annual sales wrap
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VFACTS: 2018 annual sales wrap

New vehicle sales in Australia fell by 3 per cent in 2018, over the previous year’s all-time record, finishing at 1,153,111 units. Ten out of 12 months were behind their equivalent in 2017, and December was the quietest since 2008. A weaker housing market (particularly in NSW), reforms to the financial sector that drives car loans, and the drought ravaging rural Australia have all been blamed as factors...


New car sales hit the brakes
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New car sales hit the brakes

New-car buyers hit the brakes for the first time in four years in 2018 as falling housing prices, rising living costs, and tighter finance regulations put a dent in sales. According to official figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries released today, the 2018 tally of 1,153,111 was down 3.0 per cent compared to the record 1,189,116 set in 2017...


Holden and Ford post lowest sales since 1960s
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Holden and Ford post lowest sales since 1960s

Holden and Ford have wound back the clock more than half a century, posting their lowest sales since 1961 and 1966 respectively, according to official figures for 2018 released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries...


Ford beats Holden first time in 21 years
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Ford beats Holden first time in 21 years

Ford fans have a big reason to cheer in the New Year. In 2018 Ford outsold Holden for the first time in 21 years – since 1997 – which was also the last time Ford led the entire new-car market (at the time the end of a three-year winning streak)...


Toyota HiLux sets new record
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Toyota HiLux sets new record

The Toyota HiLux ute has shattered its previous sales record after posting the highest annual tally of any vehicle for the past decade. Preliminary figures for 2018 show the Toyota HiLux eclipsed 50,000 sales for the first time ever – overtaking the peak of 47,093 set in 2017 and the previous high of 42,956 set in 2008...


VFACTS: November 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: November 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicle registrations last month shrunk by 7.4 per cent compared to the equivalent month in 2017, for eight consecutive months of declining sales. UPDATE: An earlier version of this story wasn't displaying below the 'brands' section. The issue has been rectified, and all the data is officially there! Enjoy...


VFACTS: October 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: October 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales contracted in Australia for the seventh consecutive month in October, compared to figures from the corresponding months in 2017. The market declined 5.3 per cent in October to 90,718 units, the lion’s share of the drop coming from New South Wales and Victoria, down 9.2 and 4.2 per cent respectively...


VFACTS: Five things from September figures
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VFACTS: Five things from September figures

The Australian new car market has been softening most of this year. It's not panic stations, but sales have been declining since April, and the year-to-date (YTD) figure is down 0.9 per cent over last year's record haul, to 881,005 units. You can read all about September's haul in intense detail here, where we talk about the top brands, top models, and break down sales by segments...