Global issues continue to dampen new car deliveries

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle sales figures for April 2022 showing 81,065 vehicles were sold in April, bringing the year-to-date total to 343,501. This result represents a decrease of 12.2 per cent on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive, Tony Weber, said this was the result of global issues that are impacting new car production and shipping.

“We know this is not a reflection on the demand for new vehicles in the marketplace. This is a reflection on the global automotive industry’s ability to supply vehicles to not only the Australian market, but all markets throughout the world.

“Automotive manufacturers continue to suffer from a shortage of microprocessor units which is impacting their ability to ramp up production to pre-pandemic levels. COVID-19 continues to impact manufacturing and supply, particularly where factories have been forced to close and shipping operations are yet to fully recover. This is being reflected in the extended delivery times for new vehicles.”

Sales were down in every State and Territory in April. A total of 1,201 vehicles were sold in the Australian Capital Territory which represents a 14.9 per cent decrease on April 2021. Sales in New South Wales were down 12.7 per cent (25,432). Northern Territory sales were down 4.8 per cent (848). Sales in Queensland were down 11.2 per cent (17,424). South Australian sales were down by 6.2 per (5,459). Tasmanian sales were down 7.9 per cent (1,466). Sales in Victoria were down 11 per cent (21,339). Sales in Western Australia were down 20.4 per cent with (7,896).

Toyota led the market with a total of 17,956 vehicles sold. Mazda came in second (7,378). Third was Mitsubishi (6,463). Kia came in fourth (6,180). Fifth place went to Hyundai (5,552).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest selling model (4,493). The Ford Ranger came in second with (3,581). Toyota’s RAV4 was third (3,373). Mazda’s CX-5 took out fourth place (2,701). Fifth place went to Isuzu Ute’s D-Max (2,374).

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