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

A total of 75,863 vehicles were sold in January. This represents a 4.8 per cent decrease
on January 2021 figures.

“The microprocessor shortage and the pandemic’s impact on supply chains continues into
2022. This is an issue impacting markets all over the globe. Despite this, consumer
interest, inquiry, and the fundamental demand for new cars in Australia remains strong,”
according to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber.

“Manufacturers are continuing to work hard to address supply chain and production issues.
We are also experiencing bottlenecks in having vehicles processed from some Australian
ports. We will continue to work with all parties involved to resolve the issue.”

Sales in Western Australia were down by 7.8 per cent with 7,578 vehicles sold.
Queensland saw a decline of 1.3 per cent with 16,423. Victoria decreased by 1.6 per cent
with 20,397. Sales in Tasmania were up by 15.4 per cent with 1,468. South Australia saw
a decrease of 2.2 per cent with 5,170. The Northern Territory was down 13 per cent with
617. Finally, the ACT was down 9.7 per cent with 1,175.

Toyota was the market leader in January 2022 with 15,333 vehicles sold. Mazda followed
with 9,805. Mitsubishi took third place with 6,533. Fourth place was taken by Kia with
5,520 and Hyundai came in fifth with 5,128.

Toyota’s Hilux was the highest selling model with 3,591 sold. Ford’s Ranger came in
second with 3,245. The Mazda CX-5 took third place with 3,213. Mitsubishi’s Triton was in
fourth place with 2,876 and the Toyota Prado came fifth with 2,566 units sold in January

Key Points:
The January 2022 market of 75,863 new vehicle sales is a decrease of 3,803 vehicle sales
or -4.8% against January 2021 (79,666) vehicle sales. Both January 2022 and January
2021 had 24 selling days and this resulted in a decrease of 158.5 vehicle sales per day.

The Passenger Vehicle Market is down by 2,853 vehicle sales (-15.3%) over the same
month last year; the Sports Utility Market is down by 1,947 vehicle sales (-4.7%); the Light
Commercial Market is up by 774 vehicle sales (4.4%) and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle
Market is up by 223 vehicle sales (10.9%) versus

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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