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VFACTS: November car sales tumble, stock shortages sink in

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Australia’s new vehicle sales fell 15.3 per cent during November – the second month in succession – reflective of ongoing stock shortages created principally by semiconductor supply constraints.

Sales across all eight States and Territories went backwards compared to November 2020’s tally – though it’s important to note that last year’s 11th month was a ripper, having turned around 31 successive months of decline.

  • Toyota fell nearly 35 per cent yet stayed on top
  • China’s MG, GWM and LDV surged upwards 
  • Honda took another sales dive
  • Ford Ranger topped the model charts
  • EVs and PHEVs were both up more than 200 per cent
  • Business fleet sales tumbled nearly 30 per cent

VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 80,639 new vehicles were sold in November, down from 95,205 in the same month last year.

This figure doesn’t include Tesla, which alone among the mainstream brands doesn’t disclose sales data.

“Demand across the sector remains strong with the drop in sales reflecting well recognised international supply chain issues,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.

“This includes constraints around microprocessor supplies as well as the ongoing impact of the pandemic restricting factories.

“Car makers are competing with many other sectors, such as white goods manufacturers, for microprocessors across the globe. Some new vehicles sold in the Australian market can require up to 3000 of these parts, so this shortage is definitely being felt by the industry. 

“Challenges aside, we are less than 29,000 vehicles away from 1 million new cars being put into the hands of Australian motorists in 2021,” Mr Weber concluded.

Year-to-date (TYD) sales with just December to go show that Australians have purchased 971,429 new cars and commercials this year, up 18.3 per cent on a heavily interrupted 2020.

Last year excluded, the YTD tally for 2021 is the lowest since 2011. In simpler terms, despite strong post-COVID demand the overall rate of car sales is back where it was a decade ago.

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Brands

Toyota’s supply out of various Southeast Asian plants has been decimated lately and most of its core cars are subject to wait lists, yet despite a sales downturn it maintained 18.9 per cent market share and its strong lead. Unbreakable indeed…

Hyundai snagged second spot by almost breaking even compared to November 2020, edging out both Ford and Mitsubishi. Mazda sales tumbled 41.5 per cent, pushing the usual silver medallist into fifth spot for the month – though it sits comfortably in second spot YTD, still.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kia, a rampaging MG which finished a remarkable seventh place, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Subaru. BMW and Mercedes-Benz were knocking on the door (the Bavarian brand took the honours), with Isuzu Ute sandwiched between.

While MG remains the number-one Chinese brand, Great Wall Motor (GWM and Haval) conquered LDV, though both brands were up. Completing the top 20 were Suzuki, Honda (tumbling to 17th), Audi, Renault, and Jeep.

BRAND NOV SALES CHANGE
Toyota 15,239 Down 34.3%
Hyundai 6854 Down 0.7%
Ford 6215 Down 6.0%
Mitsubishi 5720 Up 4.2%
Mazda 5295 Down 41.5%
Kia 4915 Down 8.6%
MG 3743 Up 85.2%
Nissan 3509 Down 12.3%
Volkswagen 3098 Down 5.5%
Subaru 2712 Down 15.3%
BMW 2211 Down 16.5%
Isuzu Ute 2138 Down 27.4%
Mercedes-Benz 2110 Down 33.7%
GWM 1972 Up 228.7%
LDV 1771 Up 30.4%
Suzuki 1465 Down 1.7%
Honda 1362 Down 45.8%
Audi 1293 Down 28.9%
Renault 1028 No change
Jeep 632 Down 14.9%
Lexus 628 Down 40.4%
Skoda 560 Down 18.6%
Volvo Car 554 Down 33.7%
Ram Trucks 395 Up 73.2%
SsangYong 270 Up 12.5%
Porsche 264 Down 37.4%
Peugeot 261 Up 38.1%
Land Rover 253 Down 54.8%
Fiat 221 Up 57.8%
Mini 209 Down 36.9%
Chevrolet 177 N/A
Genesis 100 Up 108.3%
Maserati 57 Up 72.7%
Jaguar 55 Down 36%
Alfa Romeo 41 Down 24.1%
Citroen 32 Up 23.1%
Ferrari 26 Up 188.9%
Bentley 21 Down 19.2%
Aston Martin 15 Up 50.0%
Chrysler 10 Down 23.1%
Lamborghini 10 Up 25.0%
Alpine 9 Up 800.0 %
McLaren 6 No change
Rolls-Royce 4 Down 50.0%
Lotus 3 Down 40.0%

The five biggest growth brands by volume were: MG, GWM, LDV (all three being Chinese), Mitsubishi and Chevrolet, as sold by GMSV. The five biggest losers by volume were: Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Isuzu Ute.

In most cases, but not all, this was caused by supply shortages rather than lack of demand.

Models

BRAND NOV SALES CHANGE
Ford Ranger 4429 Up 4.0%
Toyota HiLux 4228 Down 16.1%
Hyundai i30 2254 Up 10.1%
Toyota Corolla 2104 Down 24.2%
Toyota RAV4 1820 Down 52.1%
Nissan Navara 1792 Up 78.1%
Mitsubishi Outlander 1633 Up 53.8%
Mitsubishi ASX 1625 Up 10.9%
MG ZS 1576 Up 39.1%
Hyundai Tucson 1541 Down 22.8%
Toyota Kluger 1466 Up 209.3%
Isuzu D-Max 1407 Down 32.8%
MG 3 1366 Up 116.1%
Nissan X-Trail 1328 Down 5.5%
Toyota LandCruiser 70 C/C & Troopie 1197 Up 23.9%
Subaru Outback 1174 Up 103.8%
Toyota HiAce 1122 Doen 32.6%
Ford Everest 1038 Up 46.2%
Mazda CX-30 1027 Down 1.1%
Kia Cerato 1015 Down 37.5%

Segments

We can also identify the most popular models in each vehicle segment.

  • Micro Cars: Mitsubishi Mirage (649), Kia Picanto (511), Fiat 500 (81)
  • Light Cars under $25,000: MG 3 (1366), Volkswagen Polo (486), Kia Rio (381)
  • Light Cars over $25,000: Mini Hatch (129), Audi A1 (28), Citroen C3 (13)
  • Small Cars under $40,000: Hyundai i30 (2254), Toyota Corolla (2104), Kia Cerato (1015)
  • Small Cars over $40,000: BMW 1 Series (228), BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (167), Mercedes-Benz A-Class (160)
  • Medium Cars under $60,000: Toyota Camry (967), Volkswagen Passat (123), Mazda 6 (115)
  • Medium Cars over $60,000: BMW 3 Series (422), Mercedes-Benz CLA (110), Lexus ES (104)
  • Large Cars under $70,000: Kia Stinger (37), Skoda Superb (33)
  • Large Cars over $70,000: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (68), BMW 5 Series (30), Porsche Taycan (20)
  • Upper Large Cars: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (24), Chrysler 300 (10), BMW 7 Series (9)
  • People Movers: Kia Carnival (386), Hyundai Staria (182), LDV G10 (128)
  • Sports Cars under $80,000: Ford Mustang (294), Mazda MX-5 (76), Nissan 370Z (23)
  • Sports Cars over $80,000: BMW 4 Series (82), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (53), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (24)
  • Sports Cars over $200,000: Porsche 911 (39), Ferrari range (26), Aston Martin coupe/conv (12)
  • Light SUVs: Kia Stonic (799), Toyota Yaris Cross (627), Hyundai Venue (586)
  • Small SUVs under $40,000: Mitsubishi ASX (1625), MG ZS (1576), Mazda CX-30 (1027)
  • Small SUVs over $40,000: Audi Q3 (527), BMW X1 (165), Lexus UX (126)
  • Medium SUVs under $60,000: Toyota RAV4 (1820), Mitsubishi Outlander (1633), Hyundai Tucson (1541)
  • Medium SUVs over $60,000: BMW X3 (393), Volvo XC60 (328), Mercedes-Benz GLC (296)
  • Large SUVs under $70,000: Toyota Kluger (1466), Subaru Outback (1174), Ford Everest (1038)
  • Large SUVs over $70,000: Mercedes-Benz GLE (326), BMW X5 (258), Audi Q7 (151)
  • Upper Large SUVs under $100,000: Toyota LandCruiser Wagon (155), Nissan Patrol (55)
  • Upper Large SUVs over $100,000: Mercedes-Benz GLS (123), BMW X7 (99), Mercedes-Benz G-Class (44)
  • Light Vans: Renault Kangoo (109), Volkswagen Caddy (64), Peugeot Partner (7)
  • Medium Vans: Toyota HiAce (896), LDV G10/G10+ (449), Mitsubishi Express (221)
  • Large Vans: LDV Deliver 9 (200), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (155), Fiat Ducato (140)
  • Light Buses: Toyota HiAce (226), Ford Transit (44), LDV Deliver 9 (25)
  • 4×2 Utes: Toyota HiLux (1479), Isuzu D-Max (509), Ford Ranger (481)
  • 4×4 Utes: Ford Ranger (3948), Toyota HiLux (2749), Nissan Navara (1608)

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