New Car Mar­ket

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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.

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