The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle sales figures for May 2022.

A total of 94,383 vehicles were sold in May bringing the year-to-date total to 437,884. This result represents a decrease of 6.4 per cent on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said global supply chains struggling to recover from pandemic impacts meant demand for new vehicles in Australia continues to outstrip supply.

“The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor units and shipping delays. This issue is not unique to Australia.

“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.”

Sales across every State and Territory were down apart from the Northern Territory where 973 vehicles were sold representing an increase of 2.4 per cent on May 2021.

Sales in the Australian Capital Territory fell 11 per cent (1,367);
New South Wales fell 6.3 per cent (30,757);
Queensland fell 11.3 per cent (18,997);
South Australia fell 8.2 per cent (6,098);
Tasmania fell 6.8 per cent (1,651);
Victoria fell 0.8 per cent (25,164); and
Western Australia fell 9.1 per cent (9,353).

Toyota led the market with a total of 22,813 vehicles sold. Kia was next with 7,307 followed by Hyundai (7,063), Mazda (6,474) and Mitsubishi (6,086).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest selling model with 5,178. Toyota’s RAV 4 was next with 3,925 followed by Ford’s Ranger (3,751), Toyota’s Corolla (3,310); and Toyota’s Landcruiser (2,667).

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