Mazda3 still the most popular car in Australia

If you are a fleet manager considering vehicle procurement in 2013, you may be interested in the latest sales figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) this month.

According to the statistics, released March 5, there were 90,218 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold during February 2013 - up 5.2 per cent from the year prior.

The Mazda3 continues to be the top selling vehicle in Australia, moving 3,378 units last month. The Mazda3 was also the most popular vehicle overall in 2012, having sold 44,128 units over that 12 month period.

Second on the list for vehicle sales in February was the Toyota HiLux with 3,319 units sold, followed closely by the Toyota Corolla (3,158 units), the Nissan Navara (2,645 units) and the Mitsubishi Triton (2,335 units).

Year to date sales for 2013 have been 8.1 per cent higher than those recorded in the first two months of 2012, news which will be well received by the local automotive industry.

However it seems the majority of vehicle purchases made so far this year have been overseas imports, as each of the local Australian manufacturers showed declining sales figures in February.

Information such as this provides an interesting insight into the state of the vehicle market and the individual models and brands that are proving most popular amongst consumers.

Fleet managers may like to take these statistics into account when procuring new vehicles in order to determine the most prudent purchasing decisions for their organisation.

Another thing to take into account is that you can save money on fleet procurement expenses by contacting a professional fleet services provider.

By creating a competitive tendering environment, a fleet services provider can ensure that dealers are submitting their best offers to your organisation.

From there it is simply a matter of assessing each individual vehicle for its suitability and selecting the most beneficial option that caters for long term growth and gain.