Australia: car market fell 2% in September, while politics election result boomed car fleet orders.

Accordingly with the Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, in September the Australian light passenger vehicles sales were 92.662, down 2.1% from last year, with year to date 2013 sales at 845.204 vehicles, up 3.9% from last year. The Australian Fleet Lessors Association says forward orders rose by a staggering 64% in the weeks after the Coalition won government on September 7. Fleet sales took a massive hit in the lead-up to the federal election after the Rudd Government announced changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax on the personal use of company cars.

When in opposition, the Coalition said it would not go ahead with the changes it if won government. Although the proposed FBT changes are yet to be formally scrapped, the market has taken the Abbott Government on its word. “We expect the new-car market will return to normal very quickly,” said AFLA executive officer John Bills. “The first half of September was slow but our members have reported a 64% increase in forward orders for new cars in the last two weeks of the month, once the federal election result sank in.”

The AFLA data was sourced from nine of the biggest fleet companies in Australia, which have more than 550,000 vehicles on the road and typically write up 100,000 new orders each year, about 10% of the new-car market.

Looking at the best brands performance:

Toyota sold 17.492 vehicles with a share stable at 18.9%, down 0.1 points from the previous month. Year to date sales were 158.793 with share at 18.7%, down 1.2 points from full year 2012. Corolla was first and Hilux was second.

Holden in 2nd sold 9.614 units with a share of 10.4%, down 1.0 points from the previous month. Year to date sales were 81.904 with share at 9.7%, down 0.8 points from last year. The Commodore was the best-selling model ranked 4th

Hyundai outpaced Mazda and was 3rd with 8.803 sales and 9.5% of share, up 1.1 points from the previous month. Year to date Hyundai was 4th with 72.599 sales and a share of 8.6%, up 0.2 points from FY 2012. The best-selling model was again the i30, stable in 5th.

Mazda fell down due to Mazda3 decline in the run out stage. Sales were 7.615 with 8.2% of share, down 2.3 points from the previous month. Year to date Mazda was third with 78.252 sales and 9.2% of share, down 0.3 points from last year. Mazda3 was however the top model, ranked third.

Ford was 5th with 7.505 registrations and a share of 8.1%, up 1.4 points from the previous month. Year to date sales were 64.964 with a share of 7.7%, down 0.6 points from last year. Ranger was the top model ranked in 8th.

Mitsubishi was 6th with 5.556 sales and a share flat at 6.0%. Year to date sales were 54.166 with 6.4% of market share, up 1.0 points from FY 2012. The top model was again the Triton ranked 11th.

Nissan in 7th sold 4.765 units and a share flat at 5.1%. Year-to-date sales were 58.669 with a share of 6.9%, down 1.4 points from FY 2012. The top model Navara climbed in 6th place.

Volkswagen was 8th, selling 4.466 units with a share flat at 4.8%. Year-to-date sales were 40.630 with a share of 4.8%, down 0.4 points from last year. Top model was again Golf ranked 9th.

In the table below, the Top 25 Brands ranked by year-to-date position:

Rank Sep

Rank Aug

Rank 2013

Brand

Sep

YTD Sep

FY 2012

I Half 2013

Aug 2013

Sep 2013

YTD 2013

1

1

1

Toyota

17.492

158.793

19,9%

18,6%

19,0%

18,9%

18,7%

2

2

2

Holden

9.614

81.904

10,5%

9,0%

11,4%

10,4%

9,7%

3

4

4

Hyundai

8.803

72.599

8,4%

8,4%

8,4%

9,5%

8,6%

4

3

3

Mazda

7.615

78.252

9,5%

9,1%

10,5%

8,2%

9,2%

5

5

5

Ford

7.505

64.964

8,3%

7,8%

6,7%

8,1%

7,7%

6

6

7

Mitsubishi

5.556

54.166

5,4%

6,5%

6,0%

6,0%

6,4%

7

7

6

Nissan

4.765

58.669

7,3%

7,7%

5,1%

5,1%

6,9%

8

8

8

Volkswagen

4.466

40.630

5,2%

4,9%

4,8%

4,8%

4,8%

9

10

10

Subaru

2.752

29.448

3,7%

3,6%

3,1%

3,0%

3,5%

10

12

11

Kia

2.533

22.744

2,8%

2,7%

2,7%

2,7%

2,7%

11

11

12

Mercedes

2.496

20.287

2,0%

2,3%

2,9%

2,7%

2,4%

12

9

9

Honda

2.180

31.659

3,3%

4,1%

3,5%

2,4%

3,7%

13

14

15

Jeep

2.048

15.779

1,6%

1,7%

2,2%

2,2%

1,9%

14

15

16

BMW

2.027

15.384

1,7%

1,7%

1,8%

2,2%

1,8%

15

16

14

Suzuki

1.879

16.581

2,2%

2,0%

1,6%

2,0%

2,0%

16

17

17

Audi

1.247

12.024

1,4%

1,4%

1,4%

1,3%

1,4%

17

18

18

Isuzu

791

7.324

0,7%

0,9%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

18

22

22

Renault

651

4.665

0,5%

0,5%

0,6%

0,7%

0,6%

19

20

19

Land Rover

617

6.372

0,7%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

0,8%

20

19

25

Fiat

522

3.116

0,1%

0,3%

0,6%

0,6%

0,4%

21

21

21

Lexus

494

4.964

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

22

25

23

Volvo

425

3.885

0,5%

0,5%

0,4%

0,5%

0,5%

23

23

20

Great Wall

413

5.013

1,0%

0,7%

0,4%

0,4%

0,6%

24

26

24

Peugeot

385

3.693

0,5%

0,5%

0,4%

0,4%

0,4%

25

28

27

Chrysler

361

2.096

0,1%

0,2%

0,3%

0,4%

0,2%

Toyota Corolla advanced on the throne with 3.443 sales and 3.7% of share, down 0.2 points from the previous month. Year to date sales were 32.039 with a share of 3.8%, up 0.3 points from FY 2012.

Toyota Hilux was second with 3.340 units and 3.6% of share, up 0.5 points from the previous month. Year to date it was third with 29.915 sales and 3.5% of share.

Mazda3 was third with 3.052 sales and a share of 3.3%, down 1.2 points from the previous. Year to date it was second with 30.781 sales and a share of 3.6%.

Holden Commodore was 4th with 2.865 sales and 3.1% of share, followed by Hyundai i30, 5th with 2.675 units and 2.9% of share. Nissan Navara was 6th, up 7 spots, with 2.275 units, ahead of Toyota Camry, 7th with 2.223 sales and 2.4% of share.

Ford Ranger was 8th with 2.037 sales, followed by Volkswagen Golf in 9th with 1.852 sales and Holden Cruze, 10th with 1.851 units.

In the table below, the top 25 models, ranked by last month position:

Rank Sep

Rank Aug

Rank 2013

Model

Sep

YTD Sep

FY   2012

I Half 2013

Aug 2013

Sep 2013

YTD 2013

1

2

1

Toyota Corolla

3.443

   32.039

3,5%

3,7%

3,9%

3,7%

3,8%

2

3

3

Toyota Hilux

3.340

   29.915

3,7%

3,6%

3,1%

3,6%

3,5%

3

1

2

Mazda3

3.052

   30.781

4,0%

3,5%

4,5%

3,3%

3,6%

4

4

6

Holden Commodore

2.865

   18.802

2,8%

1,8%

3,0%

3,1%

2,2%

5

5

4

Hyundai i30

2.675

   22.499

2,6%

2,6%

2,7%

2,9%

2,7%

6

13

7

Nissan Navara

2.275

   18.723

2,4%

2,4%

1,6%

2,4%

2,2%

7

7

9

Toyota Camry

2.223

   16.700

2,5%

1,8%

2,4%

2,4%

2,0%

8

12

10

Ford Ranger

2.037

   16.070

1,6%

1,9%

1,8%

2,2%

1,9%

9

21

19

Volkswagen Golf

1.852

   11.626

1,6%

1,3%

1,3%

2,0%

1,4%

10

6

5

Holden Cruze

1.851

   19.190

2,6%

2,2%

2,5%

2,0%

2,3%

11

16

8

Mitsubishi Triton

1.761

   17.952

1,7%

2,3%

1,5%

1,9%

2,1%

12

8

11

Mazda CX-5

1.670

   15.315

1,4%

1,8%

2,1%

1,8%

1,8%

13

11

13

Hyundai ix35

1.667

   14.380

1,0%

1,7%

1,8%

1,8%

1,7%

14

14

12

Ford Focus

1.642

   15.050

1,7%

1,8%

1,6%

1,8%

1,8%

15

33

29

Hyundai i20

1.566

       9.927

1,2%

1,1%

0,9%

1,7%

1,2%

16

9

17

Toyota RAV4

1.508

   12.448

1,3%

1,3%

1,9%

1,6%

1,5%

17

10

14

Holden Colorado

1.402

   12.896

1,2%

1,4%

1,8%

1,5%

1,5%

17

18

31

Jeep Grand Cherokee

1.402

       8.721

0,8%

0,8%

1,4%

1,5%

1,0%

18

17

16

Honda Civic

1.320

   12.461

1,0%

1,5%

1,4%

1,4%

1,5%

19

26

22

Toyota Yaris

1.142

   10.942

1,7%

1,3%

1,1%

1,2%

1,3%

20

20

20

Toyota Prado

1.133

   11.359

1,5%

1,4%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

21

31

24

Ford Territory

1.130

   10.439

1,3%

1,3%

0,9%

1,2%

1,2%

22

25

25

Subaru Forester

1.116

   10.131

1,0%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

23

15

18

Mazda2

1.113

   12.125

1,6%

1,5%

1,5%

1,2%

1,4%

24

28

23

Honda CR-V

1.000

   10.462

0,4%

1,3%

1,1%

1,1%

1,2%

25

30

47

Mitsubishi ASX

846

       5.495

0,6%

0,5%

0,9%

0,9%

0,6%

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