New car sales fall for the 20th consecutive month

author-avatar By on December 04,2019
New car sales fall for the 20th consecutive month

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New vehicle sales continue to struggle in Australia, with Australia’s peak automotive industry confirming a 20th consecutive month of falling sales figures.

According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), there was a 9.8% decrease in sales of new cars in November 2019 compared to November 2018, with 84,708 cars sold in total.

On a year-to-date basis (1 January 2019-31 November 2019), total sales for 2019 have been recorded as 978,628 new cars, an 8.2% decrease on year-to-date 2018.

This follows a 9.1% decrease in sales in October and a 6.9% decrease in September.

vehicle sales YTD

Source: FCAI

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said it’s a tough market full stop for cars.

“The industry has been looking for a lift for some time now and has activated multiple levers to achieve some stimulation, including incentives, sales and special vehicle editions,” Mr Weber said.

“However, the appetite for new vehicles remains suppressed.

“On the bright side, there has never been a better time to purchase a new vehicle.”

December can often be a good time to buy a car, with current-year models set to become ‘old’ once the calendar ticks over.

A 2019 model doesn’t sound quite as sexy as a 2020 model, and prices may be dropped accordingly.

Mr Weber says the holiday season is indeed a great time to act.

“With over 60 brands and more than 350 models, the Australian market is one of the most competitive in the world,” he said.

“This is great news for consumers who have an abundance of choice and pricing options when it comes to selecting a new vehicle.”

Looking for a good value car loan? The table below displays a snapshot of some of the lowest-rate fixed-interest car loans for new cars.

Company Advertised rate Comparison rate* Monthly repayments  
Car Loan (New) 4.89% 5.44% $376 More details
Car Loan (Up to 2 years old) 5.49% 5.84% $382 More details
New Car Loan 5.49% 5.87% $382 More details
Discounted Personal Loan (Car Loan) 5.64% 5.99% $383 More details
New Car Loan Fixed 6.45% 6.66% $391 More details
Secured Car Loan Fixed 6.99% (up to 9.49%) 8.05% (up to 10.53%) $396 (up to $420) More details
Ad rate Comp rate* Repayments
Car Loan (New)
4.89% 5.44% $376
More details
Car Loan (Up to 2 years old)
5.49% 5.84% $382
More details
New Car Loan
5.49% 5.87% $382
More details
Discounted Personal Loan (Car Loan)
5.64% 5.99% $383
More details
New Car Loan Fixed
6.45% 6.66% $391
More details
Secured Car Loan
6.99% (up to 9.49%) 8.05% (up to 10.53%) $396 (up to $420)
More details

*Data accurate as at 2 December 2019. Rates based on a loan of $20,000 for a five-year loan term. Products sorted by advertised rate, then by company name (A-Z). View disclaimer.

Which cars sold the most?

As usual, the Toyota Hilux remains Australia’s most popular vehicle with 3,687 units sold, likely thanks to its popularity with tradespeople and businesses, although year-on-year sales have fallen by a significant 21%.

The Ford Ranger came in at number two with 3,491 units sold (a 0.6% decrease), while the third-placed Mitsubishi Triton saw a near 30% increase in sales (3,123 units sold in November 2019).

The 7th placed Toyota Camry saw a massive 54% increase in sales, while the Toyota Landcruiser rounded out the top 10 with 1,641 new sales in November.

RankVehicleNov-19Nov-18% diff
1 Toyota Hilux 3,687 4,671 -21.1%
2 Ford Ranger 3,491 3,469 0.6%
3 Mitsubishi Triton 3,123 2,404 29.9%
4 Hyundai i30 2,339 2,378 -1.6%
5 Toyota RAV4 2,316 1,936 19.6%
6 Toyota Corolla 2,229 2,659 -16.2%
7 Toyota Camry 2,001 1,295 54.5%
8 Nissan XTrail 1,882 1,942 -3.1%
9 Mazda CX-5 1,735 1,998 -13.2%
10 Toyota Landcruiser 1,641 1,995 -17.7%

Source: FCAI

Sales of cars in Western Australia were strong relative to the other states.

November new car sales in WA fell by just 0.8% – every other state saw a decline of at least 9%.

The Northern Territory, for example, saw a 20.7% fall, while the ACT and South Australia had falls of just under 15%.


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William Jolly joined Savings.com.au as a Financial Journalist in 2018, after spending two years at financial research firm Canstar. In William's articles, you're likely to find complex financial topics and products broken down into everyday language. He is deeply passionate about improving the financial literacy of Australians and providing them with resources on how to save money in their everyday lives.

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