New record for vehicle sales set in 2012

If you are a fleet manager looking at potentially procuring new vehicles for your fleet in 2013, you may be interested in recent sales figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

According to the FCAI, 2012 set a new record for new passenger car, SUV and commercial vehicle sales, with 1,112,032 units being sold overall.

That number is up 10.3 per cent over 2011, and is just the fifth time that Australian vehicle sales have managed to top one million units in a single calendar year.

More than half of those sales were passenger cars, while the SUV segment continued to grow in size to reach 27.5 per cent market share and set a new record of its own.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says that a reduction in tariffs combined with changing consumer preferences has helped build a "dynamic and innovative" automotive industry in Australia.

"The 2012 sales result bears that out. Customer demand has been high and the industry has responded with a wide range of vehicles powered by a range of different fuels," said Mr Weber in a statement released January 4.

"In 2012 Australia thankfully avoided much of the GFC aftermath and, with production resuming in disaster affected nations, the automotive industry was able to respond to the enthusiasm of the car buying public with great deals on an almost overwhelming range of vehicles. The record 2012 result was the culmination of these factors."

The most popular car sold during 2012 was the Mazda3, which moved 44,128 units in total, a 6.5 per cent increase on the 41,429 sold during 2011.

That was closely followed by two Toyota brand models, the HiLux and the Corolla, which sold 40,646 and 38,799 units respectively.

Other popular cars which found success during 2012 include the Holden Commodore, the Holden Cruze and the Nissan Navara, while one of Australia's bestselling green cars, the Hyundai i30, also featured.

Fleet managers may be interested in these statistics as they reveal which cars and brands are consistently proving to be the most popular amongst Australian consumers.