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VFACTS: May 2022 car sales figures

Sales of new vehicles in Australia fell by 6.4 per cent in May, to 94,383 units – something the car brands are blaming on continued lack of supply.

It wasn’t a bad May for all car companies though: Kia posted a stunning result, finishing second overall for its best-ever finish. Market leader Toyota, Kia’s bigger sibling Hyundai, plus MG, Subaru, and Suzuki all posted strong growth too.

There were no surprise revelations when it came to the most popular models: the Toyota HiLux on top, ahead of the massively supply-constrained Toyota RAV4 (which has wait lists beyond 12 months), and the runout Ford Ranger, still strong to the end.

In the same month of 2021, the market-wide sales tally was 100,809.

Sales in May 2022 declined in every part of Australia except for the Northern Territory (up 2.4 per cent), and there were unanimously negative results for passenger cars, SUVs and light commercials.

  • VFACTS: May 2022 car sales figures

The result takes the year-to-date tally to 437,884 sales, down 4.1 per cent.

“The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor units and shipping delays. This issue is not unique to Australia,” said Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive Tony Weber.

“Car makers continue to report high demand across dealer showrooms and online marketplaces. Pandemic interruptions continue to impact manufacturing and conflict in Ukraine has disrupted vehicle component supply.

“Monthly sales figures are also dependent on shipping arrivals which continue to be uncertain. We do not expect supply chains to stabilise until these issues are resolved.”

  • VFACTS: May 2022 car sales figures

Brands

Toyota grew 7.8 per cent, but demand for its products is much higher than this – it simply cannot get enough stock. It’s top-sellers were the HiLux, RAV4, Corolla, and the evergreen Prado.

In a remarkable result, Kia finished second on 7307 sales, in some part attributable to the declines recorded by most key rivals. Nevertheless, it banished Hyundai to third for the month, and holds a slim lead year-to-date as well.

Mazda tumbled from second to fourth, with its dealers now starting to report stock snags to a greater degree, ahead of Mitsubishi and Ford. MG, Subaru, Isuzu Ute and Nissan rounded out the top 10.

Mercedes-Benz beat BMW overall, but take out Mercedes vans and BMW actually had its measure (2534 passenger cars and SUVs versus 2282). Volvo (1121) overtook a hobbled Audi (941) to occupy the luxury podium.

Big brands that struggled on percentage terms included Mazda (down 38.7 per cent), Ford (down 19.4 per cent), Nissan (down 31 per cent), Volkswagen (down 44.7 per cent), Audi (down 45.4 per cent), Lexus (down 33.9 per cent), Skoda (down 50.9 per cent), and Land Rover (down 28.2 per cent).

On the other hand, there were some other positive results of note: Suzuki was up 38.9 per cent and led the Light Car market, GWM was up 25.7 per cent, Volvo was up 18.6 per cent, Renault grew 17.9 per cent, Ram Trucks climbed 94.7 per cent, and fellow licensed RHD converter Chevrolet also grew, by 33.1 per cent.

Brand Sales Change Toyota 22,813 Up 7.8% Kia 7307 Up 2.6% Hyundai 7063 Up 9.5% Mazda 6474 Down 38.7% Mitsubishi 6086 Down 6.1% Ford 5233 Down 19.4% MG 4064 Up 15.9% Subaru 3626 Up 2.2% Isuzu Ute 3494 Down 11.5% Nissan 2970 Down 31.0% Mercedes-Benz 2662 Down 9.4% BMW 2534 Down 6.4% Suzuki 2219 Up 38.9% Volkswagen 2216 Down 44.7% GWM 1878 Up 25.7% Honda 1423 Up 1.4% LDV 1322 Up 8.1% Volvo Car 1121 Up 18.6% Audi 941 Down 45.4% Renault 837 Up 17.9% Lexus 680 Down 33.9% Jeep 615 Down 4.4% Skoda 528 Down 50.6% Ram 510 Up 94.7% Porsche 476 Down 14.4% Mini 436 Up 2.8% Land Rover 409 Down 28.2% SsangYong 247 Up 0.8% Chevrolet 233 Up 33.1% Peugeot 191 Down 18.0% Polestar 153 – Genesis 85 Up 88.9% Jaguar 71 Down 51.0% Fiat 47 Down 65.9% Maserati 46 Down 8.0% Alfa Romeo 43 Down 10.4% Citroen 39 Up 225.0% Bentley 21 Down 8.7% Chrysler 14 Up 133.3% Ferrari 14 Up 55.6% Tesla 12 – Aston Martin 11 Up 22.2% McLaren 8 Up 14.3% Rolls-Royce 4 Up 100.0% Lotus 2 Down 60.0%

Models

Three of the top five overall sellers were utes (HiLux, Ranger and D-Max), with the Toyota RAV4 and Corolla joining them in the upper echelons.

Positions 6-10 were occupied by the enduringly popular Toyota Prado, Mitsubishi Triton, Hyundai i30, Mazda CX-5 and and Mitsubishi Outlander – no surprises here.

Overall the top 25 breakdown comprised six utes, five mid-size SUVs, five small SUVs, four large SUVs, three small cars, one light car, and one van/bus.

  1. Toyota HiLux – 5178
  2. Toyota RAV4 – 3925
  3. Ford Ranger – 3751
  4. Toyota Corolla – 3310
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 2433
  6. Toyota Prado – 2195
  7. Mitsubishi Triton – 2054
  8. Hyundai i30 – 2027
  9. Mazda CX-5 – 1947
  10. Mitsubishi Outlander – 1799
  11. MG ZS – 1758
  12. Hyundai Tucson – 1711
  13. Toyota Kluger – 1497
  14. Kia Sportage – 1464
  15. Toyota Landcruiser Wagon – 1363
  16. Toyota HiAce – 1320
  17. Hyundai Kona – 1313
  18. Toyota LandCruiser 70 – 1304
  19. MG 3 – 1250
  20. Kia Cerato – 1237
  21. Subaru Outback – 1215
  22. Nissan Navara – 1206
  23. Mazda CX-30 – 1175
  24. Kia Stonic – 1117
  25. Subaru XV – 1077

Segments

  • Micro Cars: Kia Picanto (256), Fiat 500 (38), Mitsubishi Mirage (20)
  • Light Cars under $25,000: MG 3 (1250), Suzuki Baleno (939), Suzuki Swift (445)
  • Light Cars over $25,000: Mini Hatch (205), Audi A1 (37), Citroen C3 (8)
  • Small Cars under $40,000: Toyota Corolla (3310), Hyundai i30 (2027), Kia Cerato (1237)
  • Small Cars over $40,000: Mercedes-Benz A-Class (174), BMW 1 Series (112), BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (107)
  • Medium Cars under $60,000: Toyota Camry (568), Skoda Octavia (111), Mazda 6 (49)
  • Medium Cars over $60,000: Mercedes-Benz C-Class (389), BMW 3 Series (261), Polestar 2 (153)
  • Large Cars under $70,000: Kia Stinger (428), Skoda Superb (79)
  • Large Cars over $70,000: BMW 5 Series (47), Porsche Taycan (42), Audi A6 (29),
  • Upper Large Cars: Chrysler 300 (14), Mercedes-Benz S-Class (11), Mercedes-Benz EQS (6)
  • People Movers: Kia Carnival (794), Hyundai Staria (85), Mercedes-Benz V-Class (50)
  • Sports Cars under $80,000: Subaru BRZ (84), Ford Mustang (52), Mini Cabrio (33)
  • Sports Cars over $80,000: BMW 4 Series (123), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (35), Chevrolet Corvette (25)
  • Sports Cars over $200,000: Porsche 911 (52), Ferrari range (14), Aston Martin two-doors (10)
  • Light SUVs: Kia Stonic (1117), Hyundai Venue (582), Toyota Yaris Cross (576)
  • Small SUVs under $40,000: MG ZS (1758), Hyundai Kona (1313), Mazda CX-30 (1175)
  • Small SUVs over $40,000: Volvo XC40 (613), BMW X1 (396), Mercedes-Benz GLA (343)
  • Medium SUVs under $60,000: Toyota RAV4 (3925), Mazda CX-5 (1947), Mitsubishi Outlander (1799)
  • Medium SUVs over $60,000: BMW X3 (471), Audi Q5 (321), Mercedes-Benz GLC (312)
  • Large SUVs under $70,000: Toyota Prado (2195), Toyota Kluger (1497), Subaru Outback (1215)
  • Large SUVs over $70,000: BMW X5 (387), Mercedes-Benz GLE (222), Lexus RX (214)
  • Upper Large SUVs under $100,000: Toyota LandCruiser Wagon (1363), Nissan Patrol (857)
  • Upper Large SUVs over $100,000: BMW X7 (109), Mercedes-Benz GLS (103), Lexus LX (70)
  • Light Vans: Volkswagen Caddy (60), Renault Kangoo (47), Peugeot Partner (39)
  • Medium Vans: Toyota HiAce (1072), Hyundai Staria Load (349), LDV G10 (171)
  • Large Vans: LDV Deliver 9 (371), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (241), Renault Master (197)
  • Light Buses: Toyota HiAce (248), Toyota Coaster (29), LDV Deliver 9 (21)
  • 4×2 Utes: Toyota HiLux (1179), Isuzu D-Max (494), Ford Ranger (299)
  • 4×4 Utes: Toyota HiLux (3999), Ford Ranger (3452), Isuzu D-Max (1939)

Miscellaneous

Sales by region

  • New South Wales: 30,757, down 6.3 per cent
  • Victoria: 25,164, down 0.8 per cent
  • Queensland: 18,997, down 11.3 per cent
  • Western Australia: 9353, down 9.1 per cent
  • South Australia: 6098, down 8.2 per cent
  • Tasmania: 1651, down 6.8 per cent
  • Australian Capital Territory: 1367, down 11 per cent
  • Northern Territory: 996, up 2.4 per cent

Category breakdown

  • SUV: 51,459 sales, 54.5 per cent market share
  • Light commercials: 21,528 sales, 22.8 per cent market share
  • Passenger cars: 17,252 sales, 18.3 per cent market share
  • Heavy commercials: 4144 sales, 4.4 per cent market share

Top segments by market share

  • Medium SUV: 19.4 per cent
  • 4×4 Utes: 17.3 per cent
  • Large SUV: 15.2 per cent
  • Small SUV: 12.8 per cent
  • Small Car: 8.9 per cent
  • VFACTS: May 2022 car sales figures

Sales by buyer type

  • Private buyers: 50,910, down 2.9 per cent
  • Business fleets: 31,353, down 14.2 per cent
  • Rental fleets: 5458, down 0.8 per cent
  • Government fleets: 2518, down 0.4 per cent

Sales by propulsion or fuel type

  • Petrol: 47,294, down 14.1 per cent
  • Diesel: 33,437, down 2.1 per cent
  • Hybrid: 7887, up 11 per cent
  • Electric: 925, up 112.2 per cent
  • PHEV: 695, up 183.7 per cent
  • Hydrogen FCEV: 1

Sales by country of origin

  • Japan: 30,859 units, down 13 per cent
  • Thailand: 20,736 units, down 3.4 per cent
  • Korea: 15,109 units, up 7.8 per cent
  • China: 8209 units, up 25.9 per cent
  • USA: 3745, up 40.2 per cent

Previous monthly reports

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