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The Australian new-vehicle market registered a positive sales result for the sixth month in a row in April 2021. In fact, its volume was up a staggering 137.2 per cent month-on-month, to a record 92,347 units.
For reference, sales increased by 12.4, 13.5, 11.1, 5.1 and 22.4 per cent in November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021 respectively.
However, sales were down 13.7 per cent year-on-year in 2020, partly due to 31 consecutive months of negative results, although they were up an encouraging 30.7 per cent year-to-date in first four months of 2021.
Toyota (20,208 units, +95.7%) may have led allcomers again in April 2021, owning four of the Top 10 models, but the HiLux ute (4222, +80.5%) was bumped out of its usual top spot by its archrival, the surging Ford Ranger (5021, +226.0%).
The Top Five models were rounded out by a third ute, the Mitsubishi Triton (2458 units, +424.1%), which experienced significant growth alongside the related ASX small SUV (2028, +482.8%) that finished in eighth position.
And when it came to the rest of the Top 10 brands, Mazda (10,052 units, +232.6%) continued its strong rebound to take second place, while Mitsubishi (7513, +333.3%) and Ford (7146, +217.5%) surprised in third and fourth position respectively.
For reference, the SUV was the most popular type of new vehicle in April 2021, with a commanding 53.3 per cent share, followed by the light-commercial vehicle (23.5%) and passenger car (19.6%).
Sales in every state and territory grew in April 2021, with Tasmania (+157.6%) leading Queensland (+144.4%), New South Wales (+143.9%), Victoria (+142.0%), Western Australia (+139.0%), South Australia (+134.7%), the Northern Territory (+98.4%) and the ACT (+4.1%).
And it was rental, private and business sales that laid the foundation for April 2021’s overall growth, up 45.6, 43.0 and 18.7 per cent respectively, while government sales were down 14.4 per cent.
Commenting on these results, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Tony Weber said: “New-vehicle sales are a direct reflection of the performance of the broader economy in terms of consumer and business confidence.
“This time last year, we were seeing significant impacts from COVID-19, with less customer activity and inquiries to dealerships.
“Historically, the April result is between 70,000 and 80,000 vehicles, so the 2021 result is very significant.
“This sales trend is expected to continue as we enter the final two months of the financial year.”
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