The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has today released sales figures for motorcycles and off-highway vehicles (OHV) for January - September 2022.
A total of 70,382 motorcycles and OHVs were sold between January and September 2022. This represents a decrease of 18.4 per cent for the same period in 2021.
The most popular segment, off road motorcycles achieved 41.09 per cent of overall sales equating to 28,923 units sold. This is a decrease of 17.6 per cent on 2021 figures.
Road motorcycles were the next most popular segment, recording 37.29 per cent of sales with 26,245 units sold. This represents an increase of 0.5 per cent on 2021 figures.
The OHV segment of the market decreased by 48.3 per cent. This amounts to a total of 11,165 units sold representing 15.86 per cent of the overall market. This decrease is due largely to Government policy mandating the fitment of operator protection devices (OPDs), which has led many manufacturers to cease supply of agricultural all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to the Australian market.
Scooters made up the smallest portion of the market with 4,049 new units sold equating to 5.75 per cent of total sales. However, this figure is an increase of 18.7 per cent on 2021 figures.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said that while the decrease in overall sales was disappointing, the increase in the scooter segment indicated that Australian motorists were considering the benefits of two-wheel transport.
“More Australians are looking to scooters as a way of reducing their commute times, as well as their toll, fuel and parking costs,” Mr Weber said.