Australia’s automotive industry delivered 84,873 vehicles during the first month of 2023, which represents a 11.9 per cent increase on the same period in 2022.
“This data is the best January result since 2018 and shows that the industry is continuing to recover following years of supply chain disruption and delay,” said Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive, Tony Weber.
Tesla Model 3 was the third highest selling car in the market, the first time a pure battery electric model has ranked so highly. In addition, MG ZS, which includes battery electric variants, and Mitsubishi Outlander, which includes plug-in hybrid variants were also in the top 10.
Sales of battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 12.28 per cent (10,426) with battery electric vehicles representing 5.71 per cent (4,852).
Sales were up across all buyer types. Private sales increased by 8.6 per cent; business (13.6 per cent), government (0.5 per cent) and rentals (31.9 per cent).
The consumer preference for larger vehicles has continued, with sales of SUVs (46,698) and light commercial vehicles (18,546) accounting for 76.9 per cent of total vehicles sold.
Sales across all States and Territories were up. The Australian Capital Territory increased by 18.6 per cent with 1,394 vehicles sold; New South Wales, 15 per cent (26,484); Queensland, 14.3 per cent (18,766); South Australia, 11.9 per cent (5,786); the Northern Territory, 7.8 per cent (665); Victoria, 9.7 per cent (22,367); Western Australia 4.3 per cent (7,901) and Tasmania, 2.9 per cent (1,510).
Toyota led the market with a total of 13,363 vehicles sold. Mazda was second with 9,407, followed by Ford (6,624), Kia (6,006) and Hyundai (5,809).
Ford Ranger was the highest selling model with 4,749 sales reported. Toyota’s Hi-Lux followed with 4,131. Tesla Model 3 was third with 2,927 followed by Mazda CX-3 (2,417) and Mazda CX-5 (2,189).