New vehicle sales continue to slow
The sales figures for November are in and they continue a slower 2019, notching a 3.5 per cent drop compared with the same time last year.
“Year to date the market is down 4.7 per cent, which confirms our expectation that the market for 2019 will be down approximately five per cent on 2018 volumes,” said Motor Industry Association chief David Crawford. He added that November reflected a “steady but slightly weaker market” compared to 2018.
Overall numbers for the month were 13,850, representing a decline of 509 units compared to November last year. Pure electric vehicles continued their modest growth with 147 new units, alongside 84 plug-in hybrids and 591 hybrids.
The best selling model for the month was the Ford Ranger (907 units), followed by the Toyota RAV4 (881 units) and the Toyota Corolla (658 units).
Toyota led the market for passenger and SUV registrations, holding 23 per cent of the market (2171 units) followed by Kia with nine per cent (884 units) and then Holden with eight per cent market share (724 units).
The top-selling passenger and SUV models for the month were the Toyota RAV4 (881 units) followed by the Toyota Corolla (658 units) and the Kia Seltos (400 units).
Meanwhile, Ford regained the commercial market lead with 24 per cent market share (994 units) followed by Toyota with 22 per cent (939 units) and Mitsubishi third with nine per ent market share (394 units). The Ford Ranger retained the top spot as the bestselling commercial model with 22 per cent(907 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux with 15 per cent share (648 units) and the Mitsubishi Triton in third place with nine per cent market share (392 units).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top three segments for the month of November were once again SUV medium vehicles with 20 per cent share followed by SUV Compact with 17 per cent market share and the Pick Up/Chassis 4x4 segment with 14 per cent.