VFACTS: New Car Sales Insights December 2021

Read our monthly update on VFACTS new car sales results.

New Car Sales December 2021

  • Australia recorded a total of 1,049,831 new car sales for 2021, a 14% increase on 2020
  • December 2021 saw a total figure of 78,402 new car sales for Australia as reported by VFACTS
  • Figures show new car sales were down 18% in December 2021 versus December 2020
  • All states recorded lower sales compared to December 2020 with TAS (-27%) and SA (-21%) leading declines
  • ACT was the only state to see a downturn (-19%) in 2021 compared to 2020

New Car Sales Trends

The top 5 models with the greatest increases in 2021 were:

  • MG ZS (+12,929 units)
  • Ford Ranger 4X4 (+8,097 units)
  • Isuzu Ute D-Max 4X4 (+7,920 units)
  • Kia Stonic (+7,645 units)
  • GWM Ute 4X4 (+6,742 units)

The bottom 5 models with the greatest decreases in 2021 were:

  • Volkswagen Golf (-8,086 units)
  • Honda Civic (-4,244 units)
  • Toyota RAV4 (-2,786 units)
  • Honda CR-V (-2,648 units)
  • Audi A3 (-2,558 units)

The top segment increases in 2021 compared to 2020 were:

  • Micro (+90%)
  • SUV Light (+80%)
  • People Movers < $60K (+52%)
  • Light Buses < 20 Seats (+34%)
  • SUV Small < $40K (+27%)

Conversely, some of the largest decreases were:

  • Large < $70K (-34%)
  • Vans/CC <= 2.5t (-31%)
  • Small > $40K (-28%)
  • Light Buses => 20 Seats (-23%)
  • Upper Large < $100K (-22%)

Some other highlights :

  • Likely owing to supply shortages, Toyota loosened it’s grip on the market with models from Isuzu and Mazda making ground
  • Chinese brand MG made enormous headwinds, with its ZS, MG3 and HS models seeing substantial sales in 2021
  • Chinese brand GWM (formerly Great Wall) also sold well with its 4×4 Ute moving 6,742 units for the year
  • Passenger vehicle sales were flat in 2021, with small (-10%), medium (-7%) and large segments (-12%) all seeing declines
  • The Micro segment experienced a massive surge in 2021 – up 90%
  • The rental market saw strong growth, up 25,522 units (+74%) compared to 2020
  • Private sales (+20% YoY) made up more than 50% of all sales in the market due to dealers gaining higher margins on these types of sales

Sales by Import Country

  • Sales of imported vehicles from China skyrocketed in 2021 with an increase of 45,566 compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Japan rebounded in 2021, seeing an increase of 41,333 units compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Germany saw the largest decline, down 15,415 units

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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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