New car sales continue to slip in September…Ford Ranger tops sales chart

ARB Baserack Ford Ranger

New car sales in Australia continued to slip with the market down 21.8% compared to the same month (September) in 2019.

New car sales have continued to slip with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) releasing figures today showing sales in September were down 21.8% compared to the same time last year (68,985 Vs 88,181). The market, year-to-date is down 20.5% compared to 2019 (644,891 Vs 811,464)

The September VFACTS results showed that Victoria continued to be hardest hit due to its month-long Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, recording 10,447 sales, down 57.7% compared to September 2019.

In September, 17,720 passenger vehicles were sold (25.7% of the market), SUVs claimed 47.3% of the market with a total of 32,647 sales, and light commercials claimed 22.9% of the market with 15,772 sales.

Toyota was the top selling brand for the month, with 12,936 sales, followed by Mazda with 7000 sales, Hyundai with 5273 sales, Kia with 5092 sales, and Ford with 4816 sales.

The five best-selling models for September were the Ford Ranger with 3726 sales, the Toyota HiLux with 3610 sales, the Toyota RAV4 with 2433 sales, the Hyundai i30 with 1786 sales and the Mazda CX-5 with 1765 sales. Look at Ford Ranger 4×4 and Toyota HiLux 4×4 sales, though, and it’s a different picture with Ranger notching up 3454 sales and HiLux 2790 sales.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.