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Strong Electric Vehicle Sales recorded in September 2022

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

A total of 93,555 vehicles were sold in September bringing the year-to-date total to 811,130. This represents a 12.3 per cent increase on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said that the number of battery electric vehicles sold in September signalled that a growing number of Australians were committed to decarbonising their transport choices.

“During September 2022, 7,247 battery electric vehicles were sold, more than hybrid and plug-in-hybrid combined (5,141). Year to date, 21,771 battery electric vehicles have been sold. While the overall market share of battery electric vehicles remains low (2.7 per cent), there is a clear market trend towards zero emission technology,” Mr Weber said.

The release of these figures follows the Federal Government’s call for submissions on an Electric Vehicle Discussion Paper.

“Car makers are encouraged by the release of this discussion paper. Australia’s pathway to decarbonising light transport is complex and requires an holistic policy framework. This paper addresses many of the issues that will need to be resolved.

“Any future policy and regulation needs to be developed within the context of vehicle price, model availability, and battery supply, and supported through the roll out of charging infrastructure and consumer incentives. The policy objective is to lower emissions, and we look forward to offering practical guidance to Government on how to navigate this pathway,” Mr Weber said.

Significantly, China was the third largest supplier of vehicles to the Australian market in September with 14,889 vehicles. Japan (23,880) and Thailand (20,363) remain Australia’s largest source of vehicles.

While supplies of new cars to the Australian market are showing signs of improvement, Mr Weber cautioned that logistical and supply chain issues remained problematic as the global automotive market recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sales across the ACT increased by 67.7 per cent with 1,498 vehicles sold. Sales were also up in New South Wales 20.8 per cent (28,945); Victoria 23.8 per cent (25,367) and Queensland 2.9 per cent (20,634). All other States and Territories recorded declines in sales. The NT 9.8 per cent (832); South Australia 2.2 per cent (6,005); Tasmania 0.9 per cent (1,630); and Western Australia; 6 per cent (8,644).

Toyota led the market with a total of 14,852 vehicles sold. Kia was next with 7,290 followed by Mazda (7,259), Mitsubishi (6,784) and Ford (6,635).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest selling model with 5,170 sales reported. The

Ford Ranger followed with 4,890. Tesla’s Model Y was next with 4,359 followed Mazda’s CX-5 (2,439) and Mitsubishi’s Triton (2,319).

Summary by Class:

Key Points:

  • The September 2022 market of 93,555 new vehicle sales is an increase of 10,243 vehicle sales or 12.3% against September 2021 (83,312). There were 24.6 selling days in September 2022 compared to 25.6 in September 2021, resulting in an increase of 548.7 vehicle sales per day.
  • The Passenger Vehicle Market is down by 1,041 vehicle sales (-5.6%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is up by 8,811 vehicle sales
    (21.6%); the Light Commercial Market is up by 2,217 vehicle sales (11.1%) and the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Market is up by 256 vehicle sales (6.5%) versus
    September 2021.
  • Toyota was market leader in September, followed by Kia and Mazda. Toyota led Kia with a margin of 7,562 vehicle sales and 8.1 market share points.