Aust & NZ
7th Sep 2015

VFACTS – August new car sales in review and the results are surprising

The car industry has had another interesting sales month as we review the results from the previous month of August. This month we run through the figures which have caught our eye from the last month in winter, before we predict the sales may get slightly warmer with new season of spring.

Location based movers and shakers

New South Wales continue to dominate new car sales, selling 30,529 new vehicles with Victoria and Queensland following with 24,609 and 18,183 respectively. Interestingly, ACT sold 1,449 vehicles which is increase of 29 from the previous month of July however, Tasmania sold an additional 20.6% compared to July bringing their total to 1,710 sales. Tasmania sold 261 more vehicles than the ACT.

Sports Utility Vehicles Go, Go, Go

The passenger vehicle segment of the new car industry took another hit this month. SUV’s continue to trend in August following a 19.4% increase in sales from the previous month, and passenger vehicles suffer a 4.6% decrease since the July figures. Comparing the August 2015 to 2014 results confirms consumers are still speaking with their feet as SUV’s continue to walk out the door. As a result of this increase, the main decrease in sales has come from the passenger vehicle segment of the market.

August Vehicle Sales
August Vehicle Sales

The Main Manufacturers

Once again, Toyota continue to lead the manufacturer’s title of selling the most new cars throughout August. Toyota sold over 14,500 vehicles, this is an astonishing 5000 vehicles more than the next manufacturer in the top 10 list, Hyundai. Whilst Hyundai only just wins the battle between its next rival Mazda, the battle was quite competitive in August between the likes of Holden, Mitsubishi, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Subaru and Honda to round out the top 10 manufacturer based leading sales.

Manufacturer Sales
Manufacturer Sales

Repeat Performer

The Toyota Corolla stretched its legs during August and extended the gap between its fierce rival, the Mazda 3. Whilst it’s evident by our TV Screens, newspapers and online advertising both cars and being heavily pushed as the ideal feature packed small car. The ever-popular large passenger car being the Holden Commodore comes in third, it’s not until lower in the list the top selling SUV battle is a battle to the finish between the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai ix35.

Top 10 Selling Makes are:

  • Toyota Corolla — 3050
  • Mazda 3 — 2673
  • Holden Commodore — 2144
  • Hyundai i30 —2098
  • Ford Ranger — 2096
  • Toyota Camry — 2095
  • Mitsubishi Triton — 1991
  • Mazda CX-5 — 1980
  • Hyundai ix35 — 1967
  • Toyota Hilux — 1956