Australian’s new vehicle market records an all-time record April volume. Sales are up 137.2% year on year and 22.3% on April 2019, to 92.347. After 31 consecutive months of decline, this is the 6th consecutive month with year-on-year growth. This was despite a global shortage of microchips that disrupted production and delayed stock availability and caused long delivery delays. At 355.995 units, the year-to-date total is up by 30.7% and 3.5% respectively year-on-year. The market is booming with private sales, which jumped 177% to 47.436 unit, while business fleet sales rose a less contained 109.6% at 32.963. Rental sales rebounded up 411.8% at 6.249, while government fleets dropped -9.3% down to 2.306.
Market segments show that SUVs rise 172.8% and 49.176, respectively, and 53.3% share vs. 47.3% a Year Ago. Light commercials go up 130.1% and 21.714, respectively, and passenger cars see a 97.3% increase to 18.064 and a drop of 19.6%. This is believed to be their first fall below 20% share. If you look at sales by state, New South Wales accounts for 31.5%, Victoria for 26.2%, Queensland for 21.2% and Western Australia for 10.7%. South Australia has 6.3%, Tasmania has 1.7%, ACT 1.5%, and Northern Territory has 1%. Japan is the first country to be sold in Australia with 34.861 units (+166.6%), South Korea (+148.5%), South Korea (+11.872 (+148.5%), China (+604.3%), and Germany (+22.9%).
Toyota (+95.7%), despite growing slower than any other brand, doubles its sales, despite it reaching a record share in April 2020, a year ago. Mazda (+232.6%) gains 10.9% share, compared to 10.6% in the previous year. Mitsubishi (+333.3%), meanwhile, rises back to 8.1% share, versus 7.1% year-to date. Ford (+217.5%) takes 4th overall, beating Hyundai (+156.9%). Subaru (+169.2%), and Volkswagen (+135.2%) are ahead of Kia (+129%), and Nissan (+138.4%). MG (+626.3%) is #10 for the third consecutive month. GWM (+672.8%) and LDV (+417.1%) are other notable gainers.
The Ford Ranger (+226%), signs its third consecutive monthly win in Australia, following September 2017, and September 2020. This equals the share record of 5.4% it set back in September 2020. It is the fifth consecutive month that a Ford nameplate has topped the Australian monthly charts, following the Ford Falcon’s success in September 2003 and August 2005. With 4.671 sales, the Ranger is the leader in the 4×4 ute segment, compared to 3.315 for Toyota Hilux. The Toyota RAV4 (+35.8%), becomes the brand’s top-selling vehicle this month. It outsells the Toyota Hilux (+80.5%), but is still the leader in YTD sales. The Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon (+180.8%), rises to 4th overall, surpassing the #6 position it held in April 2020. The Mitsubishi Triton (+424.1%) returns to the Top 5, putting it in third place, just behind the Mazda CX-5 (+263.1%) or Toyota Corolla (+73.5%). The Mitsubishi ASX (+482.8%) has climbed 28 places on March to take 8th place. Also, notice the MG ZS (+1105.4%) on #17 and the MG3 ( (+418%) on #21.