New Car Market
It’s so far, so good for the new car market, one that was supposed to be showing signs of cooling off. But February was another alltime record breaker, the strongest ever with 10,313 new vehicles registered, 413 more than February last year. Of those, 7192 were passenger vehicles and there were 3121 commercials, also a record for a February. The market was led by Toyota, taking a 15 per cent share, followed by Ford with 12 per cent and Holden on nine per cent. Commercial sales for February were up 10 per cent on the same period last year, and so the top selling nameplates were all utes with Ranger (582 units) outselling Hilux (444) and Triton (289). In the passenger market, the new Kia Sportage got off to a strong start with 236 units registered, the same number as the Mazda CX-5, and Corolla just behind on 231. Mazda continues to do the business in overall passenger sales with a 10 per cent share of the action in February, though remains in second place behind Toyota (13 per cent) and Holden took nine per cent.
And following on from our Mustang feature last month, if you want to know how many have found homes so far this year, that would be 212; 103 GTs, 41 GT manuals, 45 Ecoboosts, 21 GT Convertibles and two fourcylinder drop tops. And that’s on top of the 70 delivered in December.
In other news, the Motor Industry Association, which compiles these wonderful stats for you all, has decided to segment the generic SUV sector, and this is now broken down into compact, small, medium, large and luxury. The MIA has also decided to split the Pick Up/Chassis Cab (ute) segment into separate 2x4 and 4x4 groupings as well, and the composition of the overall market is detailed in the tables below.