Australia car sales up 9.4 percent in the first nine months of 2012 image

New vehicle sales in Australia increased 9.4 percent in the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period in 2011.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said 822,674 new vehicles have been sold since the beginning of the year, as Australians are buying more cars and trucks this year.

In September alone, car sales in Australia reached 94,627 units, an increase of 9 per cent over September 2011. The segment with the biggest growth was that of hybrid vehicles, with 9,461 units sold during September, compared to 6,143 for the same month in 2011.

SUV sales increased by a solid 20 percent to 25,079 units in September, light commercial vehicles rose by 10.7 percent to 17,589 units and heavy commercial vehicles were up 12.4 per cent to 2,749 units. The passenger vehicles segment only grew by 3.2 percent but it remains however the largest vehicle segment in market, with 49,210 units accounting for 52 percent of overall sales.

Vehicles manufactured in Australia dropped in popularity for the year to date with 102,331 sold in 2012, down 2.8 per cent on last year.