Vehicle sales hit June high after struggles

The latest car sales figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) have been released.

According to FBAI, 118,309 vehicles were sold last month, representing a 25 per cent increase from May, although this was slightly down on June 2013.

Private buyers led the way in June registering a 8.6 per cent increase from June 2013 with government buyers also increasing by 5.3 per cent over the year.

However, the figures are not all good news for the transport industry. Andrew McKellar, chief executive of the Australian Automobile Association told Fairfax Media that the result could be a one-off occurrence.

“It’s very clear that demand for new car purchases has softened in recent months,” he explained.

“June is typically a stronger month for sales, as brands compete at the end of financial year. It’s very clear that they are having to offer good deals to attract new buyers in this current market.”

State by state growth

Figures released by FCAI suggest a number of the states and territories, including New South Wales have increased their overall vehicle sales. NSW (1 per cent), Victoria (2.2 per cent), South Australia (7.6 per cent) and the Northern Territory (8.3 per cent) all saw positive June growth compared to last year.

Unfortunately, ACT (1.1 per cent), Western Australia (2.7 per cent), Queensland (6.1 per cent) and Tasmania (9.1 per cent) saw sales decline.

SUVs show strong growth

According to the FBAI, SUV sales increased by 25.1 per cent over June last year.

More than 1,100 small SUVs were sold, while over 1,500 large SUVs were purchased by private buyers.

As well as SUVs, light commercial vehicles also experienced growth, up 4.2 per cent.

Toyota – major winner

Toyota claimed two major scalps in the latest vehicle sales figures. The manufacturer maintained its lead in overall share claiming 17.6 per cent of the market, followed by Holden (10.4 per cent) and Hyundai (8.5 per cent).

As well as this, the Toyota Corolla was the most popular vehicle with over 4,600 individual sales over the month. More than 4,200 Toyota Hilux’s were sold, while just over 4,100 Mitsubishi Triton’s were purchased rounding out the top three.

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