On the third working day of each month, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases VFACTS new car sales data for all of Australia.

    It takes time to wade through it all and complete our full breakdown and summary. While we’re preparing this, here’s an early synopsis.

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    • Total September sales: 83,312, up 20.8%
    • Year-to-date sales: 816,410, up 26.6%
    • Market share by type: SUV (49%), light commercial (24%), passenger (22.2%), heavy commercial trucks (4.7%)
    • EVs excluding Tesla which doesn’t share data: 466, up 189.4%
    • Sales by fuel: petrol (44,872), diesel (26,800), hybrid (6959), PHEV (301)
    • Five biggest-growing mainstream brands for month: Peugeot, GWM, SsangYong, Isuzu Ute, MG

    Victoria recorded an increase of 96.2 per cent on vehicles sold during September 2020. The Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia all recorded positive growth greater than 16 per cent.

    FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said the global microprocessor shortage, compounded by local COVID-19 restrictions, was continuing to impact sales across Australia.

    “To see an increase of 21 percent on 2020 figures is definitely encouraging news. For many manufacturers it is bittersweet with the knowledge of what could have been achieved in a normal trading environment,” Mr Weber said.

    “These are challenging times, but automotive manufacturers are rising to meet them. Brands are working across their supply chains to deal with microprocessor issues and consumers are embracing online purchasing through click and collect delivery options.

    “In many respects these figures give the industry great encouragement and excitement for what will be possible in 2022 when lockdowns will hopefully be a thing of the past.”

    Top 10 brands September 2021

    BrandSalesVariance % +/-
    Isuzu Ute3130+102.5%

    Top 10 models September 2021

    ModelSalesVariance % +/-
    Ford Ranger4192+12.5%
    Toyota HiLux3635+0.7%
    Toyota Corolla3487+138.5%
    Toyota RAV43390+39.3%
    Toyota Prado 2173+165.0%
    Hyundai 302034+13.9%
    Isuzu D-Max1833+64.0%
    Toyota Camry1610+35.1%
    Toyota LandCruiser1541-3.6%
    Mitsubishi ASX1489+58.4%

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    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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