VFACTS: New Car Sales Insights November 2021

Read our monthly update on VFACTS new car sales results.

New Car Sales November 2021

  • November 2021 saw a total figure of 80,639 new car sales for Australia as reported by VFACTS
  • Figures show new car sales were down 15% in November 2021 versus November 2020
  • All states recorded lower sales compared to November 2020 with WA (-20%), VIC (-19%) and QLD (-19%) leading declines
  • From a cumulative standpoint however, the nation is still up 18% in total sales compared the same time in 2020
  • Only ACT has seen a cumulative decline this year, sitting at -19%

New Car Sales Trends

The top 5 models with the greatest increases so far in 2021 are:

  • MG ZS (+11,959 units)
  • Ford Ranger 4X4 (+8,225 units)
  • Isuzu Ute D-Max 4X4 (+8,220 units)
  • Kia Stonic (+7,038 units)
  • Toyota Hilux 4X4 (+6,674 units)

The bottom 5 models with the greatest decreases so far in 2021 are:

  • Volkswagen Golf (-7,662 units)
  • Honda Civic (-3,686 units)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (-2,522 units)
  • Honda CR-V (-2,473 units)
  • Audi A3 (-2,361 units)

The top segment increases so far in 2021 compared to 2020 are:

  • SUV Light (+88%)
  • Micro (+84%)
  • People Movers < $60K (+47%)
  • SUV Small < $40K (+33%)
  • Light Buses < 20 Seats (+32%)

Conversely, some of the largest decreases are:

  • Large < $70K (-34%)
  • Vans/CC <= 2.5t (-26%)
  • Small > $40K (-25%)
  • Light Buses => 20 Seats (-24%)
  • Upper Large < $100K (-23%)

Some other highlights so far:

  • Likely owing to supply shortages, Toyota models have loosened their grip on the market with other models from Isuzu and Mazda making some ground
  • Chinese brand MG is making headwinds, with its ZS, MG3 and HS models seeing substantial increase in 2021
  • Chinese brand GWM (formerly Great Wall) has also sold well with its 4×4 Ute moving 6,372 units so far this year
  • Passenger vehicles continue to see the slowest recovery in sales in 2021 (+2%), particularly in small (-7%), medium (-5%) and large segments (-10%)
  • The rental market has seen strong growth, up 26,598 units (+91%) compared to 2020
  • Private sales (+25% YoY) now make 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 Japan continue to rebound significantly in 2021, seeing an increase of 51,444 units compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from China continue to skyrocket in 2021 with an increase of 43,340 compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Germany saw the largest decline so far, down 13,975 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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