Economic briefing note on motor vehicle sales in April 2016

April 2016

Release date: 17 May 2016
Next release: 16 June 2016

New motor vehicle sales were 26,849 (up 0.1 per cent) in Victoria in April 2016. Of these 5253 were sales of other vehicles (up 2.5 per cent), 11,494 were sales of passenger vehicles (unchanged) and 10,102 were sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) (down 0.9 per cent)*.

Nationally, new motor vehicle sales were 97,604 (down 2.5 per cent) in April 2016. Of these, 20,933 were sales of other vehicles (down 4.8 per cent), 35,416 were sales of sports utility vehicles (down 2.6 per cent) and 41,256 were sales of passenger vehicles (down 1.2 per cent).

Victoria experienced the greatest increase in car sales, (up 35 cars or 0.1 per cent), in April 2016. While Queensland experienced the greatest decrease (down 1,568 cars or -7.7 per cent) in April 2016.

Victoria's share of national new motor vehicle sales in April 2016 was 27.5 per cent (up from 26.8 per cent in the previous month). 

New motor vehicle sales by state

Total vehicle sales NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS AUST
April 2016 33,497 26,849 18,843 5783 8596 1576 97,604
Annual change to April 2016, $ million (%) 2,988 (9.8) 211 (0.8) -720 (-3.7) 3 (0.1) -239 (-2.7) -22 (-1.4) 2298 (2.4)
Change in the month to April 2016, $ million (%) -520 (-1.5) 35 (0.1) -1568 (-7.7) -272 (-4.5) -115 (-1.3) 14 (0.9) -2517 (-2.5)

New vehicle sales

This chart shows the number of new motor vehicles sales in Victoria and Australia between April 2006 and April 2016. Victoria and Australia have followed similar trends over this period, with Victoria experiencing a higher rate of growth since May 2011.  20,700 new vehicles were sold in Victoria in the month to April 2006. Between April 2006 and January 2008, new vehicle sales trended upwards (up 14.7 per cent) to a high of 23,700 new vehicles sold in the month to January 2008. Between January 2008 and March 2009 sales of new vehicles then declined (down 22.2 per cent) to a low of 18,400 vehicles sold in the month to March 2009. New vehicle sales then peaked in the month to April 2010, trending upwards (up 43.0 per cent) between March 2009 and April 2010 to reach a high of 26,400 vehicles sold in the month to April 2010. Between Aril 2010 and May 2011 sew vehicle sales in Victoria trended downwards (down 27.0 per cent) to a low of 19,200 vehicles sold in the month to May 2011. Since May 2011, new vehicle sales in Victoria have trended upwards (up 38.6 per cent), with 26,700 sales in the month to April 2016.  80,200 new vehicles were sold in Australia in the month to April 2006. Between April 2006 and November 2007, new vehicle sales trended upwards (up 12.9 per cent) to a high of 90,600 new vehicles sold in the month to November 2007. Between November 2007 and March 2009 sales of new vehicles declined (down 21.7 per cent) to a low of 70,900 vehicles sold in the month to March 2009. New vehicle sales then peaked in the month to April 2010, trending upwards (up31.0 per cent) between March 2009 and April 2010 to reach a high of 92,900 vehicles sold in the month to April 2010. Between April 2010 and May 2011, new vehicle sales in Australia trended downwards (down 18.3 per cent) to a low of 75,900 vehicles sold in the month to May 2011. Since May 2011, new vehicle sales in Australia have trended upwards (up 27.8 per cent), with 96,900 sales in the month to April 2016. 

DateVictoriaAustralia
April 200620,70080,200
November 2007n/a90,600
January 200823,700n/a
March 200918,40070,900
April 201026,40092,900
May 201119,20075,900
April 201626,70096,900

Types of vehicle sales in Victoria

Type of Vehicle Sales in Victoria from April 2006 to April 2016, breakdown SUVs, other vehicles and passenger vehicles  This chart shows the number of motor vehicle sales in Victoria by the three categories of vehicle sold, SUV's, passenger vehicles, and other vehicles. This chart uses a unit of thousands and shows sales of motor vehicles between the month to April 2006 and the month to April 2016.  13,400 passenger vehicles were sold in Victoria in the month to April 2006. Between April 2006 and May 2008, passenger vehicle sales trended upwards (up 13.1 per cent) to a high of 15,100 passenger vehicles sold in the month to May 2008. Between May 2008 and March 2009 sales of passenger vehicles then declined (down 23.7 per cent), to a low of 11,600 vehicles sold in the month to March 2009. Passenger vehicle sales then peaked in the month to April 2010, trending upwards (up 39.6 per cent) between March 2009 and April 2010 to reach a high of 16,200 vehicles sold in the month to April 2010. Passenger vehicle sales then trended downwards between April 2010 and May 2011 (down 28.4 per cent), to a low of 11,600 vehicles sold in the month to May 2011. Between May 2011 and September 2012, passenger vehicle sales trended upwards (up 24.7 per cent) to 14,400 vehicles sold in the month to September 2012. Since September 2012, passenger vehicle sales have trended downwards by 21.0 per cent, with 11,400 sales in the month to April 2016.    3,500 SUV's were sold in Victoria in the month to April 2006. Between April 2006 and January 2008, SUV sales trended upwards (up 35.3 per cent) to a high of 4,700 SUV's sold in the month to January 2008. Between January 2008 and November 2008 sales of SUV's then declined (down 36.6 per cent) to a low of 3,000 vehicles sold in the month to November 2008. SUV sales then peaked in the month to April 2010, trending upwards (up 104.8 per cent) between November 2008 and April 2010, to reach a high of 6,100 vehicles sold in the month to April 2010. Between April 2010 and May 2011, SUV sales then trended downwards (down 33.6 per cent), to a low of 4,000 vehicles sold in the month to May 2011. Since May 2011, SUV sales have trended upwards (up 145.9 per cent), with 10,000 sales in the month to April 2016.  3,700 other vehicles were sold in Victoria in the month to April 2006. Between April 2006 and April 2008, other vehicle sales trended upwards (up 17.9 per cent) to a high of 4,400 other vehicles sold in the month to April 2008. Between April 2008 and February 2009 sales of other vehicles then declined (down 28.1 per cent) to a low of 3,200 vehicles sold in the month to February 2009. Other vehicle sales then peaked in the month to December  2009, trending upwards (up 67.5 per cent) between February 2009 and December 2009 to reach a high of 5,300 vehicles sold in the month to December 2009. Between December 2009 and January 2012, other vehicle sales then trended downwards (down 36.9 per cent) to a low of 3,400 vehicles sold in the month to January 2012. Since January 2012, other vehicle sales have trended upwards (up 55.9 per cent), with 5,200 sales in the month to April 2016. 

DateSUVsOther vehicles*Passenger vehicles
April 20063500370013,400
January 20084700n/an/a
April 2008n/a4400n/a
May 2008n/an/a15,100
November 20083000n/an/a
February 2009n/a3200n/a
March 2009n/an/a11,600
December 2009n/a5300n/a
April 20106100n/a16,200
May 20114100n/a11,600
January 2012n/a3400n/a
September 2012n/an/a14,400
April 201610,000520011,400

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), cat. no. 9314.0 – Sales of new motor vehicles, Australia

*Other vehicles – vehicles that are not passenger vehicles or SUVs.

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