Economic briefing note on motor vehicle sales in July 2016

July 2016

Release date: 16 August 2016
Next release: 15 September 2016

New motor vehicle sales in Victoria fell by 1.9 per cent to 27,066 vehicles in the month to July 2016. This change was driven by a decrease in the sale of passenger vehicles, down 4.9 per cent since June 2016 (with 11,616 vehicles sold). Sales of sports utility vehicles (SUV's) and other vehicles* were respectively down by 0.7 per cent (with 10,130 vehicles sold) and up by 2.8 per cent (with 5,320 vehicles sold) since June 2016.

Nationally, new motor vehicle sales fell by 1.3 per cent to 98,062 vehicles in the month to July 2016. This change was driven by the sale of passenger vehicles, down by 5.2 per cent (with 40,291 vehicles sold). Sales of sports utility vehicles (SUV's) were up by 1.5 per cent (with 36,597 vehicles sold), while sales of other vehicles* were up by 1.8 per cent (with 21,173 vehicles sold) .

Western Australia experienced the greatest increase in car sales, up 272 vehicles (or 3.2 per cent ) in the month to July 2016. Over the same period, Victoria experienced the greatest decrease in car sales, down 524 vehicles (or 1.9 per cent).

Victoria's share of national new motor vehicle sales in the month to July 2016 was 27.6 per cent (down from 27.8 per cent in the month to June 2016).

New motor vehicle sales by state

Total vehicle sales NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT AUST
Month to July 2016 32,969 27,066 19,570 5768 8743 1545 875 1,525 98,062
Annual change to July 2016, number (%) 950 (3.0) 337 (1.3) 95 (0.5) 104 (1.8) 93 (1.1) -70 (-4.3) 11 (1.3) 05 (0.3) 1525 (1.6)
Change in the month to July 2016, number (%) -64 (-0.2) -524 (-1.9) -520 (-2.6) -221 (-3.7) 272 (3.2) 07 (0.5) -63 (-6.7) -188 (-11.0) -1298 (-1.3)

New vehicle sales

Graph showing the number of new motor vehicles sales in Victoria and Australia between July 2006 and July 2016. A full outline of the data is available in the table below. 

DateVictoriaAustralia
July 200620,40080,600
November 2007n/a90,600
January 200823,700n/a
March 200918,40070,900
April 201026,30092,900
May 201119,20075,900
July 201627,10098,100

Types of vehicle sales in Victoria

Graph showing the types of Vehicle Sales in Victoria from July 2006 to July 2016. A full outline of the data is available in the table below. 

DateSUVsOther vehicles*Passenger vehicles
July 20063300380013,300
January 20084700n/an/a
April 2008n/a4400n/a
May 2008n/an/a15,200
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
July 201610,100530011,600

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.

Contact

Please email economic.analysis@ecodev.vic.gov.au for more information.

Page last updated: 23 September 2016