Australian New Car sales for 2019

New car sales

As we have been reporting for all of the past year, 2019 has month by month not been good for car sales. Now the final figures are in and David Brown gives us the news.

Vehicle sales in Australia for 2019 finished where they started with a marked decline compared to 2018.  I all nearly an 8% decline although to be fair we still sold over 1 million vehicles.

Which represents selling 2,900 a day, or two a minute.

But by selling 90,000 fewer vehicles, the industry lost approx $2.3 billion in revenue or approx$6.3 million a day.

The reasons for the decline?:  Cars lasting longer; movements in exchange rates; slow wages growth, and concern about the future.

All four categories: Passenger; SUV; Light Commercial; and Heavy Commercials have been hit with SUVs showing the smallest reduction down 2.4% while passenger cars were down a massive 16.5%.

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About David Brown 232 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto