VFACTS: New Car Sales Insights September 2021

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Read our monthly update on VFACTS new car sales results.



New Car Sales September 2021

  • September 2021 saw a total figure of 83,312 new car sales for Australia as reported by VFACTS
  • Figures show new car sales were up 21% in September 2021 versus September 2020
  • NSW & ACT were down 8% & 35% compared to September 2020, likely owing to lockdowns
  • Other states and territories are up compared to this time last year, with Victoria leading the charge up 96% versus September 2020 and up 36% overall YoY




New Car Sales Trends

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

  • MG ZS (+10,923 units)
  • Isuzu Ute D-Max 4X4 (+8,946 units)
  • Toyota Hilux 4X4 (+8,425 units)
  • Ford Ranger 4X4 (+8,073 units)
  • Toyota Prado (+6,601 units)

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

  • Volkswagen Golf (-6,797 units)
  • Honda Civic (-2,911 units)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (-2,522 units)
  • Honda CR-V (-2,124 units)
  • Honda HR-V (-1,838 units)

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

  • SUV Light (+114%)
  • Micro (+74%)
  • Vans/CC 2.5-3.5t (+56%)
  • People Movers < $60K (+48%)
  • SUV Small < $40K (+44%)

Conversely, some of the largest decreases are:

  • Large < $70K (-29%)
  • Vans/CC <= 2.5t (-29%)
  • Upper Large < $100K (-28%)
  • Light Buses => 20 Seats (-27%)
  • Small > $40K (-23%)

Some other highlights so far:

  • Toyota continues to dominate sales increases with 5 of the top 20 increases in 2021 being Toyota models
  • 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 5,158 units so far this year
  • Passenger vehicles continue to see the slowest recovery in sales in 2021 (+7%), particularly in small (-4%), medium (+1%) and upper large segments (-8%)
  • The rental market has seen strong growth, up 24,513 units (+110%) compared to 2020
  • Private sales (+34% 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 71,881 units compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from China continue to skyrocket in 2021 with an increase of 36,609 compared to 2020
  • Sales of imported vehicles from Germany saw the largest decline so far, down 11,201 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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