Australia covers a large territory of over 7.7 million square meters, the 6th wider globally. The 21.7 million Aussies are among the richest in the world, with a pro capita GDP in the 2011 of $ 41.000, the world’s 18th .
Australia's abundant and diverse natural resources attract high levels of foreign investment and include extensive reserves of coal, iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium and renewable energy sources. The country is the 19th globally as national GDP (over $918 billion in 2011), with low level of unemployment (5% in 2011), not high inflation (3.1% in 2011) and low level of revenues taxation (31.1% in 2011).
The Automotive industry is relatively marginal in the country economy, representing only the 1.9% of national GDP (in 2010). The sector gives employment to 372.000 people (2011) of which 59.000 in manufacturing. Local production achieved a record at 400.000 units in 2004 to decline at 250.000 actually.
The import duties over car sector are the lowest in the world –actually at 5% (as reference considers that in European Community are at 10%, in China at 25%, in Brazil at 35% and in India at 100%).
Australian car industry is in the “Over 1 million Club”, the esclusive group of the top 14th countries. In the 2011, with 1.008.000, Australia was the world’s 14th market.
Australian car market is unique worldwide although the market leader this year is leader globally. Here a Mazda was the bestselling model for three consecutive years. September 2013 Top 100 Car Models is a mix of compact cars and pick-ups, but includes the sporty Toyota GT-86.
October 2013 reported a new little loss for the Australian car market – felt 3.1% from last year – one of the most positive worldwide on yearly basis and one of the few running to fix 2013 as the new all-time record. Mazda3 third generation success has already stimulated Mazda performance!
In September 2013, the Australian car market fell 2.1% from last year reducing the year to date gain at 3.9%. The September 7 election victory for Rudd coalition boomed fleet orders taken, on the expectations of recent FBT law deletion.
In August 2013, the Australian car market was curbed by new taxes introduction. However, Mazda further improved its share with Mazda3 still bestselling model in spite of run out phase. Volkswagen posted a great month as well.
In July 2013, the Australian car market kept the positive track, growing 6.6% from last year. Government announced a package of $200 million in support of sales of locally produced models. Nissan and Honda sales dropped this month, while Holden recovered.
June 2013 was the new all-time record month for the car market in Australia. Sales progressed 8% from the previous year with first half ended up 5.2%. Holden reduced the gap to Mazda and is challenging the second place. Mazda3 still third as new generation was disclosed.
In May the light passenger's sales were flat from last year with cumulate sales up 4.5% from last year. The country was shocked by Ford announcement to close local manufacturing after over 100 years, following further $141 million lost.
Pushed by private consumer's demand, Australian car market grew 7.7% in April 2013 with a first four months growth of 5.6% from last year. Holden recovered the second place, while Ford performed a robust share increase.
Following a strong start, March represented a step back for the Australian car market which was flat from last year, reducing the year-to-date gain at 5.0%. Holden confirmed its hard time, dropping in 5th place with Commodore out of Top 10.
In February 2013, car sales statistics were positive again in Australia, where the light passengers market grew by 5.2%, posting the 14th year-on-year increase in a string. Year-to-date sales were up 8.2%. In spite of recovering a couple of points of share Toyota was struggling again.
In Australia 2013 started confirming the strong momentum of the car market posting a 14.8% increase from last year. The market leader, Toyota, had lost 6.7 points under the attack of Mazda, Holden. Ford and Hyundai.
The 2012 will remain memorable for the Australian car market posting the new all-time record thanks to a progress of 9.5% from the 2011. In December the market was up 14.8%. While Toyota reinforced the share, Mazda3 was the best model as in 2011.
2012 will be the record year in Australia for the previous year, including November when sales rose 10.9%. The year-to-date volume was up 9.0%. Honda in 10th place posted a great performance, gaining 1.1 points while Volkswagen suffered Golf short supply.
The Aussie car market run towards the best ever year continued in October, when sales were up 12.2%. The year-to-date Australian car market sales were up 8.8%. While Toyota and Holden confirmed their leadership, Ford surged in 3rd position.