VFACTS: New Car Sales Insights April 2022 - Datium Insights

VFACTS: New Car Sales Insights April 2022

Read our monthly update on VFACTS new car sales results.



New Car Sales April 2022

  • April 2022 saw a total figure of 81,065 new car sales for Australia as reported by VFACTS
  • Figures show new car sales were down -12% in April 2022 versus April 2021
  • Sales between states were mixed with ACT seeing a 8% decline compared to April 2021 while Tasmania saw a strong 7% increase
  • Electric vehicle sales continue to skyrocket in April 2022, seeing a cumulative increase of 507% so far this year compared to last – although much of this is down to newly introduced sales of Tesla vehicles
  • Conversely, petrol vehicle continued their sales decline (-13%)

Australian New Car Sales - Last 13 Months

Australian New Car Sales - Rolling 12 Month Change


Australia 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by State (Units)

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by State (Percentage)

New Car Sales Trends

The top 5 models with the greatest increases so far in 2022 are:

  • Tesla Model 3 (+4,469 units)
  • Toyota Prado (+3,858 units)
  • Mitsubishi Triton 4X4 (+3,855 units)
  • Kia Sportage (+2,443 units )
  • Toyota Kluger (+2,370 units)

The bottom 5 models with the greatest decreases so far in 2022 are:

  • Toyota Landcruiser Wagon (-4,649 units)
  • Nissan X-Trail (-3,408 units)
  • Nissan Qashqai (-3,275 units)
  • Mazda CX-3 (-2,766 units)
  • Toyota Corolla (-2,215)

The top segment increases so far in 2022 compared to 2021 are:

  • Medium > $60K (+98%) (driven by newly introduced Tesla sales)
  • Vans/CC <= 2.5t (+40%)
  • Large < $70K (+39%)
  • Light Buses < 20 Seats (+33%)
  • PU/CC 4X2 (+14%)

Conversely, some of the largest decreases are:

  • SUV Upper Large < $100K (-43%)
  • Large > $70K (-42%)
  • Small > $40K (-38%)
  • Sports < $80K (-34%)
  • SUV Upper Large > $100K (-29%)
Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Segment

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Vehicle - Top 20 Increases

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Vehicle - Top 20 Decreases

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Buyer Group

Sales by Import Country

  • Sales of imported vehicles from China continue to skyrocket with an increase of 11,535 compared to 2021
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Thailand have made a strong showing in April 2022 with an increase of 5,063 compared to 2021
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Japan seeing the largest decrease of 13,723 units compared to 2021
  • Sales of imported European vehicles continue to see declines

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Import Country - Top Increases

Australian 2022 New Car Sales - Cumulative YoY Changes by Import Country - Top Decreases

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By Tanim Ahmed, Head of Product at Datium Insights

Tanim is a Macquarie University alumni with degrees in Finance and Economics. He has spent a decade in the Leasing and Finance industry, specializing in Residual Value risk.

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