However, January 2020's sales had an incredibly low floor, down about 15% from January 2019's sales, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) figures released today.

There are still positive signs in last month's results, after some deep falls last year when the coronavirus took hold from March through June.

In total, 79,666 new cars were sold last month, with SUVs and light commercial vehicles - utes, vans - combining to make up nearly three quarters of all new vehicles sold. 


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7.36% p.a.
$583
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8.36% p.a.
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1 year
$8
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7.21% p.a.
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$8
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Medium SUVs alone made up nearly one-fifth of all new vehicles sold, a class that includes the Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Mazda CX-5.

Four-wheel drive crew-cab ute sales made up nearly all of the light commercial marketshare, too, accounting for one-sixth of total vehicles sold.

This segment includes the popular Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, which regularly hold top spot for overall makes and models sold, as seen in the table below.

Light commercial vehicles sold for business purposes outnumbered private sales at a rate of nearly two-to-one, even as incentives such as the increased instant asset write-offs ended.

However, overall, private sales led the charge, up 25.4% on the month, with business sales down 1.3%.

Alternative fuel vehicles continued to lag behind petrol and diesel sales, with just 296 electric vehicles sold in January.

However, this marks a 146.7% increase on January 2020's results, aided by relatively cheap electric vehicles such as the MG ZS (+327.6% on the month) hitting the market.

FCAI chief Tony Weber pointed to a rebound, coinciding with COVID restrictions easing.

"During the past three months sales had increased by 12.4% compared to the corresponding period twelve months earlier," he said.

"The January sales numbers are indicative of positive consumer confidence in the domestic economy. With attractive interest rates and a range of other economic indicators encouraging consumption, we hope to see this trend in new vehicle purchasing continue through 2021."

Top Ten Selling Vehicles, January 2021

Rank

Vehicle

January 2021 Volume

January 2020 Volume

Percentage Difference

1.

Toyota Hi-Lux

3913

2968

31.8%

2.

Ford Ranger

3120

2624

18.9%

3.

Toyota RAV4

3066

2290

33.9%

4.

Toyota Landcruiser

2388

1262

89.2%

5.

Mazda CX-5

2081

1859

11.9%

6.

Toyota Corolla

2062

2370

-13.0%

7.

Hyundai i30

1952

2038

-4.2%

8.

Mitsubishi Triton

1908

2075

-8.0%

9.

Isuzu Ute D-Max

1822

680

167.9%

10.

Nissan XTrail

1593

1467

8.6%

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

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