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VFACTS: Medium SUVs poised to overtake small cars

Mid-sized SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail are poised to replace small cars as the nation’s most popular type new vehicles. VFACTS data compiled by industry peak body, the FCAI, shows car companies sold 52,886 vehicles classified as Medium SUVs over the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, up 15 per cent over the same period last year...

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Nissan Leaf: Global sales on the rise

Sales of the Nissan Leaf have jumped by 15 per cent over the past 12 months, thanks to strong demand across the USA, Japan and Europe. Nissan shifted more than 50,000 units worldwide – 54,541 to be precise – in the Japanese FY2017, eclipsing the 42,473 sold in the same period (April 1 - March 31, Japanese financial year) across 2016 and 2017...


Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked
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Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked

Isuzu’s non-truck products have been on sale for decades in Australia, once wearing Holden badges. Remember the Jackaroo SUV and Rodeo ute, precursor to today’s Colorado? But the brand has only eponymously sold its wares here as Isuzu Ute for about a decade, over which time it has become a genuinely mainstream, successful player in a hyper-competitive market, appealing to those after hardcore machines capable of copping a beating...


2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers
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2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers

With industry sales results for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 available, now is a good time to look at the five car brands showing the highest numerical growth Down Under, and the five that have gone hardest in the other direction. One bad or good month may be a flash in the pan, but a full quarter of any calendar year is long enough to start picking trends...


Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed
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Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) often gets criticised for its model range – no real passenger car presence, and a few SUV staples getting long in the tooth despite regular upgrades. However, the value-driven company might be quietly laughing to itself right now, after posting 21,215 sales over the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, up 15 per cent over its record 2017 result...


Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1
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Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1

Holden sales fell by a drastic 29 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, rounding out an extremely disappointing quarter-one (Q1) in 2018. GM’s local subsidiary, now in its first calendar year as a full-range importer rather than local manufacturer, has seen sales tumble 23 per cent over the Q1 period...


China's LDV and MG making inroads
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China's LDV and MG making inroads

Sales of China-made new vehicles in Australia have risen 64 per cent to 1727 units over the first quarter of 2018. For context, Q1 sales of Italian-built vehicles were 1032, while 940 Swedish-built cars found a home. The figure for China-made cars almost topped the number sourced from France (1782). The biggest sources of imports were Japan (89,614), Thailand (77,746) and Korea (42,934)...


VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle sales in March hit a record high of 106,988 units, according to company-provided figures collated by industry peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). This increase of 4.4 per cent over March 2017 took quarter-one sales to 291,538, up 1.5 per cent over last year’s record...


Aston Martin seeing "extraordinary swing" toward female buyers
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Aston Martin seeing "extraordinary swing" toward female buyers

Aston Martin is seeing a strong sales push among female buyers, particularly when it comes to the Chinese market. "What we can say with fact, is we are now seeing more women as the outright owners and main drivers of the car," Simon Sproule, Aston Martin vice president, told media at the DB11 Volante and Vantage launch in Melbourne yesterday...


VFACTS: February 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: February 2018 new vehicle sales

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reporting a 7.8 per cent year-on-year increase in sales and registrations for February. VFACTS data released today reveals 95,999 cars were sold in the shortest month of the year, compared to 89,025 for the same period last year. Sales for 2018 are sitting on 184,550 – up 10,615 sales or 6...


White, black lead the car colourway in 2017
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White, black lead the car colourway in 2017

White was the most popular colour on new cars last year, with black following in a distant second. According to the BASF Asia Pacific colour report, 49 per cent of new cars sold in 2017 were white. Just 12 per cent were black, while red, silver and grey made up 8 per cent of the market each...


VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history
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VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history

Every month, the latest VFACTS report sends CarAdvice into meltdown. Last month, the HiLux and Ranger maintained their spots atop the sales charts, continuing Australia's love affair with the dual-cab ute. But it wasn't always this way. Here's a look at VFACTS data from January 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 for a better understanding of how the average Australian buyer's preferences have changed...


European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels
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European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels

European registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles grew 35.1 per cent in Q4 of 2017, contributing to impressive 39.7 growth over the whole year. A total of 227,378 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) were registered in the European Union during Q4, accounting for 6.7 per cent of total sales. Pure-electric cars (dubbed electrically-chargeable by the EU) accounted for 1...


2.23 million diesel cars on local roads
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2.23 million diesel cars on local roads

Diesel popularity is falling amid a storm of negative publicity, but there are still more than 2.2 million diesel passenger cars on Australian roads. According to data firm Roy Morgan, 45 per cent of Australians would still seriously consider buying a diesel – down from 50 per cent in 2016, but comfortably more than those considering an electric car (37 per cent) or an LPG vehicle (21 per cent)...


Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent
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Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent

We’re only one sales month into 2018, but if the most-improved brand award were to be dished out now, then a revitalised Honda would be the runaway winner. The company’s sales grew 32 per cent for the month compared to January 2017’s tally, a growth rate eight-times the market average. Sticking on that theme, it finished eighth overall in-market, between Nissan and Kia...


VFACTS: January 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: January 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicle industry peak lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), reported a 4.3 per cent increase in sales and registrations for January 2018 compared to the same month last year. VFACTS data released today recorded 88,551 sales for the first month of the calendar year...


Top 10 growth brands for Australia in 2017
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Top 10 growth brands for Australia in 2017

The Australian new vehicle market scaled new heights in 2017, growing 0.9 per cent to 1,189,116 self-reported ‘sales’ for the year. According to VFACTS data supplied by the industry’s lobby group, called the FCAI, 42 car and commercial brands out of a field of 73 paid-up members (a notable absentee includes Tesla) recorded positive growth...


VFACTS December: Holden Astra stuns, hits #2 - UPDATE
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VFACTS December: Holden Astra stuns, hits #2 - UPDATE

UPDATE: We've added some slick new interactive tables and charts to this article. Enjoy, and let us know what you think! As you can read here, Australia's automotive peak body claimed to have recorded the highest ever annual sales tally in 2017, eclipsing the record from the year before...


Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017
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Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017

Isuzu Ute sales jumped by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017, making it the brand's ninth successive year of double-digit growth. The company sold a total of 25,804 cars in 2017, up from 23,379 in 2016. The growth was largely driven by the MU-X, with 8087 examples finding a home last year, while the D-Max ute overtook the Nissan Navara in fifth place on the one-tonne sales charts...


VFACTS: Industry claims annual record for 2017
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VFACTS: Industry claims annual record for 2017

The Australian motoring industry is claiming an all-time sales record for 2017, with its representative body the FCAI registering 1,189,116 new cars, SUVs and commercials in its annual VFACTS report. This claimed figure is 0.9 per cent higher than 2016’s previous high-water mark, and becomes the market’s fourth record inside the past five years...