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

A total of 101,233 vehicles were sold in March bringing the year-to-date total to 262,436.
This year-to-date result represents a slight decrease of 0.5 per cent on the comparative
2021 period to March 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the relatively stable result reflected the challenges
facing the global automotive industry.

“This is historically a unique time in which supply rather than demand is determining the
size of the market. This is due to manufacturers recovering from the pandemic-related
shutdowns and the ongoing global shortage of micro processing units.

“Consumer inquiries and demand for new cars remains strong. Manufacturers are working
hard to match this demand with supply,” Mr Weber added.

Australians are purchasing zero and low emission vehicles in greater numbers, with the
FCAI pleased to report on two members’ sales for the first time, Tesla and Polestar.

“The addition of Polestar and Tesla further cements VFACTS as the premier source of
new motor vehicle sales data in Australia. Mr Weber also noted that in interpreting the data
for March 2022, care should be taken as the Tesla data represents the company sales for
the first three months of 2022.

Tasmanian sales increased by 8.2 per cent with 1,768 vehicles sold. Victorian sales
increased by 5.3 per cent with 27,155 vehicles sold. Sales in Western Australia were up
5.3 per cent with 10,016 vehicles sold. Sales in the Australian Capital Territory were down
6.2 per cent compared with the same month in 2021, with 1,560 vehicles sold. New South
Wales sales was down 0.8 per cent with 32,224 sold. Northern Territory sales decreased
by 0.2 per cent with 916 vehicles sold. Queensland sales were down 1.7 per cent with
21,214 vehicles sold and South Australian sales decreased by 0.1 per cent with 6,380
vehicles sold.

Toyota was the market leader in March 2022 with 21,828 vehicles sold. Toyota was
followed by Mazda with 11,248, Mitsubishi with 9,007, Hyundai with 6,516 and Kia came in
fifth place with 6,051.

Toyota’s Hilux was the highest selling model with 6,324 sold. The Toyota RAV4 came in
second place with 4,610 sold. The Mitsubishi Triton took out third place with 3,808 vehicles
sold. Mazda’s CX-5 was fourth with sales of 3,772.

The Tesla Model 3 was fifth with sales of 3,097 (March only – this number excludes earlier
Tesla sales from January and February 2022 that have not been previously reported in

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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