Australians purchased 83,312 new cars in September, an increase of around 21 per cent on the same period last year.

These figures represent continuing demand for new vehicles across sectors despite lockdowns and the continued impact of the global microprocessor shortage.

Victoria recorded an increase of 96 per cent on vehicles sold during September 2020. The Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia all recorded positive growth greater than 16 per cent. The ACT was down 35 per cent and New South Wales was down 8 per cent.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive Tony Weber said that the global microprocessor shortage, compounded by local Covid-19 restrictions, was continuing to impact across Australia.

“To see an increase of 21 per cent on 2020 figures is definitely encouraging news. For many manufacturers it is bittersweet with the knowledge of what could have been achieved in a normal trading environment.” Mr Weber said.

“These are challenging times, but automotive manufacturers are rising to meet them. Brands are working across their supply chains to deal with microprocessor issues and consumers are embracing online purchasing through click and collect delivery options.

“In many respects these figures give the industry great encouragement and excitement for what will be possible in 2022 when lockdowns will hopefully be a thing of the past.”

“The Sports Utility Market is up by 25 per cent and the Light Commercial Market up 27 per cent. With over 150 models on offer in these segments, competition amongst brands is delivering the best technology and lowest prices for Australian families looking to break out of lockdown with a road trip.” Mr Weber added.

Toyota was market leader in September with 24 per cent of overall sales. Mazda, Ford and Hyundai followed with recordings of 8.0, 7.0 and 6.5 per cent respectively.

The highest selling model was the Ford Ranger which recorded sales of 4,192. This was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 3,635 vehicles sold and the Toyota Corolla with 3,487.

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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