According to an industry report, last month Australian sales of new cars were down, but the decline is largely attributed to the fact that holidays ate into April’s business selling days.
The VFACTS report coming from the Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries sowed that sales last month fell 5.2% against the same month in 2013, with total car deliveries of 80,710 units. The report also says that since this year’s April had 2 fewer selling days, due to the Easter holiday, the per day average sales actually were up from last year.
Compared to March sales fell 17%, but when adjusted for seasonal factors – as the Easter holiday can have a great impact on sales in the March/April months – the quota actually went up by 0.3%.
For the first two months sales over the same period in 2013 are down 3.1%, but forecasts still point to an annual tally of 1.114 million cars. For April, the passenger car segment, as well as the light and heavy commercial all lost share –with car sales down 8.9 %. The only bright spot comes from the SUV segment, which was up 4%.
When it comes to brands, the No.1 carmaker in the world – Toyota – retained first position in Australia, with a strong market share of 18.5%. General Motors local unit Holden followed in second place with a market share of 9.9 %, while Hyundai Motor is a newcomer to the third spot with a 9.4% tally. Mazda and Ford follow, with 8.7 and 8% respectively.