September sales increase confidence

New vehicle sales of 10,070 for the month of September have continued the upward trend for 2013.  In particular the September registrations of new commercial vehicles is going gangbusters, says David Crawford, CEO of the Motor Industry Association.

Toyota remains the market leader for the month of September with 22.0 percent  market share (2220 units) with Ford second on 11.2 percent  and Holden third with 9.1 percent .

 “In the month of September new commercial vehicle registrations were 2,799, the highest September new commercial registrations since the MIA began collecting records in 1981,” says David.

There were 746 more new commercial registrations compared to September 2012, an increase of 36 percent.  Year to date registrations are 25.7 percent  ahead compared to the same period in 2012.

Passenger car sales YTD were up 6.5 percent on the same period last year, with 7,272 new cars sold in September. The top selling passenger cars in September were Toyota 21.2 percent  market share (1,544 units), followed by Hyundai with 9.5 percent  market share (693 units) and Ford with 8.9 percent  (603 units).

The Toyota Corolla was the top selling car model with 8 percent  market share, followed by Toyota Rav4 with 5 percent  and Toyota Yaris at 3 percent . The Mazda3 and Suzuki Swift were the next best-selling models, also with 3 percent  each of market share.

The top selling commercial vehicles were Toyota (24.2 percent ), Ford (17.3 percent ) and Holden (11 percent ). The top selling commercial models were the Ford Ranger with 15 percent  market share (425 units), followed by Toyota Hilux with 15 percent  (406 units) and Holden Colorado at 10 percent  market share (283 units).  Year to date the Toyota Hilux remains the top selling commercial vehicle with 3,602 registrations (16 percent  market share) closely followed by the Ford Ranger with 3,392 registrations (15 percent  market share).

The sale of sports utility vehicles represented 27 percent  of all vehicles sales in September, followed by small passenger cars at 21 percent  and pickups/chassis-cabs at 19 percent .

Crawford said the September registrations confirm what many economists have been saying: economic confidence is growing.

Top sellers

1.    Toyota Corolla 566
2.    Ford Ranger 425
3.    Toyota Hilux 406
4.    Toyota Rav4 339
5.    Holden Colorado 283
6.    Toyota Hiace 248
7.    Mazda3 239
8.    Suzuki Swift 227
9.    Nissan Navara 223
10.    Hyundai ix35 220