CAR SALES DEFY GLOOM OF 2009
DOLLAR deals and Canberra cash kept Australians descending on new-car showrooms in near record numbers through 2009.
Hyundai proved the right price was vital as it lifted its overall sales by nearly 40 per cent, and put two cars into the top 10 sellers, in a year when overall car sales dropped by 7.4 per cent against the 2008 result.
Last year’s total of 937,328 also included about 80,000 vehicles that were part of Federal Government’s 50 per cent investment allowance, devised as a stimulus package to combat the local effects of the global financial crisis.
A late sales surge saw a record result for December, up nearly 16 per cent on December 2008, and more than 2000 sales better than the previous best result in December 2007.
On a national basis, the Northern Territory suffered most in the 2009 downturn with a 15.1 per cent fall in sales, while Western Australia had a 14 per cent fall.
Victoria was down 7.5 per cent, Queensland dropped 7.2 per cent, Tasmania 6 per cent, New South Wales 5.4 per cent, South Australia 5.2 per cent and the ACT 2.8 per cent.
Toyota was Australia’s favourite brand for the seventh-straight year in 2009. But the full-sized Holden Commodore continued its long run as Australia’s number-one car.
Last year also was the year when a new class of car — tiny city runabouts priced at less than $15,000 — began to make an impact here.
The Suzuki Alto led a charge which will now grow to include the first Chinesemade imports this year.
The official VFacts sales totals for last year point clearly to the popularity of small cars, with the Toyota Corolla second overall and the Mazda3 in fourth place.
Holden’s Adelaide-built Commodore has been Australia’s top-selling car since 1996.
NO 2: The Corolla was the best-selling small car
NO 1: The Commodore was Australia’s favourite car for 2009