Australia: New Car Registrations hit an all-time high in June image

More vehicles were sold in June than in any other month in Australia’s history. Sales of new vehicles in Australia rose 17.1 per cent in June, compared to the same month last year when sales had been partially curbed by supply disruptions from Japan’s tsunami.

Domestic sales improved by 7 015 units or 15.6% to reach 51 891 vehicles last month, compared to 44 876 units in June last year.

Total domestic sales for the first half of the calendar year remained 10.5% higher than the corresponding period a year ago.

The resilience of vehicle sales has been at odds with softness in the retail sector and suggests consumers are still confident enough to splash out on big ticket items.

The Toyota HiLux continues to set records, retaining its position as the top-selling vehicle in the country for the third consecutive month. The HiLux’s 4308 units put it almost 400 vehicles clear of the Mazda3 (3942), which just held off the third-placed Toyota Corolla (3804).

Sales of electric, LPG and hybrid vehicles remain relatively low in absolute numbers, but growth is evident – LPG powered passenger vehicles for example are up from 680 sales at this time in 2011 to over 1,700 in 2012.