Utes and SUVS boom in Oz

New Zealand LCV - - NEWS | ROUND-UP -

UTE AND SUV SALES ARE ALSO BOOM­ING IN AUS­TRALIA WHERE THE Toy­ota Hilux was the big­gest-sell­ing ve­hi­cle over­all in June, out­pac­ing all pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles.

The Aus­tralian mo­tor in­dus­try’s sta­tis­ti­cal service VFACTS says new ve­hi­cle sales achieved a best-ever monthly re­sult in June, set­ting a new record of 134,171.

That was a 4.4 per­cent in­crease on the pre­vi­ous best re­sult of 128,569 recorded in June last year.

SUVS and light com­mer­cials (LCVS) drove this June’s strong sales in Aus­tralia.

SUV sales rose 11.7 per­cent over June 2016, and LCVS were up by 12.2 per­cent. Con­trast­ingly, pas­sen­ger car sales were down by 5.9 per­cent com­pared with the same month last year.

Aus­tralian mo­tor in­dus­try group, the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries, said that a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, low in­ter­est rates and the gov­ern­ment’s in­stant as­set write-off pro­vi­sions were likely con­trib­u­tors to the June re­sult.

The June sales spike had year-to-date re­sults track­ing 0.2 per­cent ahead of the same pe­riod of 2016.

The medium SUV seg­ment achieved the most sig­nif­i­cant June vol­ume growth with 5402 sales, a rise of 32.6 per­cent; large SUV sales were 20.8 per­cent up, and 4X4 ute sales rose by 16.7 per­cent.

The SUV mar­ket growth re­flected de­mand across all buyer types with sales to busi­ness up by 16.6 per­cent, sales to gov­ern­ment up 8.4 per­cent and pri­vate sales up by 5.4 per­cent com­pared with the same month last year.

Light com­mer­cials showed a sim­i­lar pat­tern across all the buyer groups with busi­ness pur­chases up by 16.6 per­cent, sales to gov­ern­ment up by 12.5 per­cent, and pri­vate by 2.6 per­cent.

Toy­ota led June with a mar­ket share of 18.3 per­cent, fol­lowed by Mazda on 9.3 per­cent, and Hyundai with 9.1 per­cent.

The Toy­ota Hilux ute re­mained Aus­tralia’s top-sell­ing ve­hi­cle with 5461 sales, fol­lowed by the Ford Ranger (5051), the Toy­ota Corolla (3830), the Hyundai Tuc­son (3741 sales), and Mazda 3 with 3490.

Main: The Toy­ota Hilux was the best­selling ve­hi­cle over­all in Aus­tralia in June, fol­lowed by the Ford Ranger. The re­verse was the case in NZ. In­sert: Hyundai’s Tuc­son SUV was Aus­tralia’s fourth best-sell­ing ve­hi­cle in June.

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