The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle
sales figures for July 2022.

A total of 84,461 vehicles were sold in July bringing the year-to-date total to 622,319. This
result represents a 0.4 per cent increase on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the relatively flat result compared to this time last
year has shown the market has not normalised since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Vehicle and component manufacturing operations remain affected by plant shutdowns
caused by Covid-19. Logistics, including shipping, remain unpredictable. While small
growth on the same month in 2021 is encouraging, we do not expect the supply of
vehicles to Australia to stabilise in the near future.

“Once again Australia is following the global trend of demand for new vehicles exceeding
supply,” Mr Weber said.

Sales in South Australia increased by 13.3 per cent with 5,649 vehicles sold. Sales were
also up in New South Wales by 10.9 per cent with 26,519 vehicles sold. All other States
and Territories recorded declines in sales. The ACT down 16.4 per cent (1,175); the
Northern Territory down 16.6 per cent (756); Queensland down 1.1 per cent (18,900);
Tasmania down 13.2 per cent (1,327); Victoria down 5.8 per cent (22,076); and Western
Australia down 9.0 per cent (8,059).

Toyota led the market with a total of 19,565 vehicles sold. Mazda was next with 7,879
followed by Hyundai (6,792), Kia (6,711) and Mitsubishi (5,611).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest selling model with 6,441 sales reported. The
Ford Ranger followed with 2,934. Toyota’s RAV4 was next with 2,437 followed by Mazda’s
CX-5 (2,346) and Hyundai’s Tucson (2,186).

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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