Australians purchase more hybrid green cars in 2012

Hybrid green cars are surging in popularity throughout the country as Australians increasingly look for ways to save money by reducing their fuel consumption.

According to new research from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 9,461 new hybrids have been sold so far this year, a significant improvement on the 6,143 sold during the same period in 2011.

Passenger vehicles were shown to be the most popular hybrid choice, with impressive sales growth of 191.4 per cent year-over-year.

The figures, which were published October 5, also revealed that the Australian automotive industry as a whole has strengthened this year, with 822,674 vehicles sold in the nine month of 2012 to date.

That number is up 9.4 per cent from 2011, with sales of SUVs driving a significant portion of the growth, alongside the light commercial and heavy commercial segments.

South Australia was the only state which saw a drop in year-on-year vehicle sales in September, while there was double digit growth registered in the ACT, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

The ever popular Mazda3 was the most commonly purchased vehicle in September, ahead of the Toyota HiLux, the Hyundai I30, the Toyota Corolla and the Holden Commodore.

With two vehicles inside the top five, it will come as no surprise that Toyota rated as September's best performing brand. Mazda and Holden took out the second and third spots, respectively.

The news will be of interest to any company which operates a fleet of vehicles and might be considering procurement or disposal in the near future, as it offers a general indication of which cars are most popular amongst Australian consumers.

This is also an area where fleet services can help you, by identifying the whole of life cost of a vehicle and determining the financial implications of its purchase moving into the future.