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FCAI releases new car sales figures for August 2022

The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has today released new vehicle sales figures for August 2022.

A total of 95,256 vehicles were sold in August bringing the year-to-date total to 717,575. This result represents a 17.3 per cent increase on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said this positive result was encouraging amidst the global economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The August VFacts sales are the best August result since 2017. This gives hope that the supply of vehicles to the Australian market is beginning to show signs of improvement,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Weber noted the increase in electric vehicle sales throughout August.

“We have seen strong sales of battery electric vehicles in August, with Tesla alone selling 3,397 vehicles. In the month, EV sales were 4.4 per cent of the total market. This is the highest market share for pure battery electric vehicles ever recorded in a single month in Australia. Year-to-date EV sales are 2 per cent of the total market, hybrids are 7.6 per cent and plug in hybrid vehicles are 0.6 per cent. Combined electrified vehicles are now just over 10 per cent of total sales in 2022,” Mr Weber said.

Sales across most States and Territories increased. The ACT increased 49.8 per cent with 1,410 vehicles sold. New South Wales 40 per cent (30,501); the Northern Territory 4.2 per cent (816); Queensland 11.7 per cent (21,379) and Victoria 18.4 per cent (25,053). Sales in all other States decreased. South Australia -9.7 per cent (5,702); Tasmania -3 per cent (1,611) and Western Australia -6.5 per cent (8,784).

Toyota led the market with a total of 20,616 vehicles sold. Mazda was next with 8,824 followed by Kia (6,780), Hyundai (6,643) and Mitsubishi (6,380).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest selling model with 6,214 sales reported. The Ford Ranger followed with 4,497. Toyota’s RAV4 was next with 2,482 followed by Tesla’s Model 3 (2,380) and Toyota’s Landcruiser (2,379).


Summary by Class:

Key Points:

  • The August 2022 market of 95,256 new vehicle sales is an increase of 14,057 vehicle sales or 17.3% against August 2021 (81,199). There were 26.8 selling days in August 2022 compared to 26 in August 2021, resulting in an increase of 656.3 vehicle sales per day.
  • The Passenger Vehicle Market is up by 2,658 vehicle sales (15.3%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 7,590 vehicle sales
    (18.5%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 3,236 vehicle sales (16.8%) and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 573 vehicle sales (15.7%) versus
    August 2021.
  • Toyota was market leader in August, followed by Mazda and Kia. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 11,792 vehicle sales and 12.3 market share points.