Sales in June 2015 totaled 125,850.
This represents a whopping 6.4 per cent increase on June 2014; and has helped year-to-date sales increase by 3.3 per cent on the same time last year.
According to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber the current affordability of new cars in Australia has certainly helped the upward trend.
‘According to CommSec, car affordability in Australia is the best it has ever been. Coupled with offers such as capped price servicing and low interest rate finance, now is a great time for Australians to buy a new car.’ Mr Weber said.
As part of the ongoing trend, SUVs continue to show the highest growth, with 42,256 SUV sales representing a massive 14.7 per cent increase on June 2014. Comparatively, the passenger car segment rose 4.7 per cent, whilst (surprisingly) the light commercial vehicle segment fell 3.1 per cent.
Despite strong SUV market performance, it was small passenger and light commercial vehicles that dominated the top five list. The Hyundai i30 was the top selling car in June with 5,521 sales, followed by the Toyota Hilux (4,281), Toyota Corolla (4,152), Mazda3 (4,127) and Mitsubishi Triton (3,526).
Business sales have been particularly strong, according to Mr Weber:
‘In June 2015, we have seen new car sales to business increase 10.5 per cent. Specifically, business buyers purchased 20.8 per cent more SUVs, 9.1 per cent more passenger cars and 3.4 per cent more light commercial vehicles.
‘Sales to private buyers rose 3.7 per cent and sales to government buyers rose 3.5 per cent.’
Geographically, sales rose in all states and territories except in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
As is expected these days, Toyota continued its reign at the top of the food chain, with a 17.1 per cent slice of the new car market. Holden (9.5%), Mazda (9.2%), Hyundai (8.7%), and Mitsubishi (7.2%) followed accordingly.