Vehicle sales up in March

The latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show car sales increased last month, with more than 97,000 new vehicles rolling off the dealership floor.

In particular, large cars were a popular choice among private buyers and fleet managers, according to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber. Purchases of large passenger cars climbed by 24.5 per cent and large SUVs increased by 9.7 per cent, compared to March 2013.

Smaller cars have fallen out of favour with Australian drivers, following strong sales throughout last year. Micro passenger car sales dropped by 15.8 per cent while light passenger vehicles decreased by 10.9 per cent from results in 2013.

Further data shows the strongest growth in sales occurred among government bodies, with passenger cars being the top choice among government fleet managers. Overall, government sales climbed by 9.6 per cent, with passenger car sales increasing by 22.4 per cent and SUV purchases growing by just 1.7 per cent.

The Toyota Corolla has retaken its place as Australia's top selling car, knocking the Mazda3 into second place. These models sold 4,086 and 3,587 units, respectively. The Toyota Hilux (3,105), Holden Commodore (2,967) and Hyundai i30 (2,767) rounded out the top five.

Unsurprisingly, Toyota was the most popular brand represented in new car purchases last month. With 18,275 sales, Toyota sold almost twice of second place Holden (9,851 sales) and Mazda in third place with 9,203 units sold.

If you've recently added new cars to your fleet, you may want to ensure each vehicle is connected to your fleet management software.

Keeping track of the maintenance and management of a growing fleet can be a complex and challenging task. Fortunately, fleet software can make this process much simpler.

If you would like to learn more about software for fleet management, get in touch with the team at Smartfleet today.