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VFACTS: May 2022 car sales figures

Stock shortages bite hard, but Kia stunningly bucks the trend and finishes second – its best result ever. EVs also spiked by 112 per cent.

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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.

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.”

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.

BrandSalesChange
Toyota22,813Up 7.8%
Kia7307Up 2.6%
Hyundai7063Up 9.5%
Mazda6474Down 38.7%
Mitsubishi6086Down 6.1%
Ford5233Down 19.4%
MG4064Up 15.9%
Subaru3626Up 2.2%
Isuzu Ute3494Down 11.5%
Nissan2970Down 31.0%
Mercedes-Benz2662Down 9.4%
BMW2534Down 6.4%
Suzuki2219Up 38.9%
Volkswagen2216Down 44.7%
GWM1878Up 25.7%
Honda1423Up 1.4%
LDV1322Up 8.1%
Volvo Car1121Up 18.6%
Audi941Down 45.4%
Renault837Up 17.9%
Lexus680Down 33.9%
Jeep615Down 4.4%
Skoda528Down 50.6%
Ram510Up 94.7%
Porsche476Down 14.4%
Mini436Up 2.8%
Land Rover409Down 28.2%
SsangYong247Up 0.8%
Chevrolet233Up 33.1%
Peugeot191Down 18.0%
Polestar153
Genesis85Up 88.9%
Jaguar71Down 51.0%
Fiat47Down 65.9%
Maserati46Down 8.0%
Alfa Romeo43Down 10.4%
Citroen39Up 225.0%
Bentley21Down 8.7%
Chrysler14Up 133.3%
Ferrari14Up 55.6%
Tesla12
Aston Martin11Up 22.2%
McLaren8Up 14.3%
Rolls-Royce4Up 100.0%
Lotus2Down 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

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

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