FCAI release new sales figures for month of August

Fleet managers looking at procuring new vehicles may be interested in sales figures for the month of August released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) yesterday (September 5).

A total of 93,552 vehicles were sold during last month, up 6.2 per cent over the same period last year. That brings total vehicle sales for 2012 to 728,047.

Toyota was the most popular brand by a considerable margin, registering sales of 17,996 vehicles. Holden was the next most successful brand for the month of August at 11,271 sales, followed by Ford with 7,795 units sold.

In terms of individual models, the Toyota HiLux continues to prove incredibly popular with 4,010 sales in August. The Mazda3 is a distant second place at 2,990 units sold while the Toyota Corolla (2,945), the Holden Cruze (2,628) and the Holden Commodore (2,435) also performed well.

Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing Matthew Callachor attributes the success of the Toyota HiLux to its versatility and a strong reputation amongst consumers.

"The popularity of HiLux is a testament to its unbreakable reputation and also a market shift to what you might describe as dual-role vehicles – those that serve motorist’s needs both at work and at play," said Mr Callachor in a statement released yesterday.

If you are considering adding to your fleet of company vehicles then these statistics provide a worthwhile indication of which cars are proving most popular amongst Australian consumers.

In order to fully maximise the efficiency of your vehicle procurement procedures, it may be worth looking into fleet services which can help with this process by securing the best offers from dealers across Australia.

By determining the predicted performance of each vehicle as well as the estimated whole of life cost, software for fleet management can ensure your organisation makes the best decisions that will help reduce expenses and improve profit margins in the long run.