VFACTS: February 2023

Ford Ranger, COG Aggregation

In February 2023, the Australian auto industry saw a 1.8% increase in vehicle deliveries compared to the same month in 2022, with a total of 86,878 vehicles delivered.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive, Tony Weber expressed satisfaction with the highest February results since 2019, especially considering international and local supply limitations.

Electric vehicles (EVs) constituted 6.8% of sales, with 5,932 units sold in February. Weber highlighted that the increasing sales of electric vehicles indicate that Australians will purchase battery EVs when they meet their driving habits, requirements, and financial constraints.

The sales of zero and low emission vehicles, encompassing battery electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, accounted for 13.9% or 12,102 sales. 

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Weber said,

“Growing sales of electric vehicles proves that where a battery electric product exists which suits the driving habits, needs and finances of Australian motorists, they will purchase these vehicles,”

Weber emphasized the growing interest among Australians in eco-friendly vehicles but suggested that Australia should implement a fuel efficiency standard to speed up the transition for a wider consumer base.

“The number of low emission vehicle sales demonstrates that there is an appetite among Australians for environmentally friendly vehicles. However, if we wish to accelerate this transition to a broader range of consumers in all parts of the country, Australia needs to adopt a fuel efficiency standard.”

China supplied 13,625 vehicles in February, making it the third-largest country of origin for new vehicles. Japan and Thailand remained the top two sources, with 24,805 and 18,557 vehicles respectively, while Korea was the fourth-largest source with 12,246 vehicles.

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Sales by Brands

Toyota was the market leader with 14,332 vehicles sold, although they saw a large drop of 31.4 per cent versus the same month in 2022. Mazda came in second with 7,667 vehicles sold, down 12.7 per cent, Ford in third with 6,022, up a massive 30.6 per cent, Kia with 6,000 vehicles sold, and Hyundai 5,504 sold.

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Sales by Models

The Ford Ranger was the top-selling model with 4,473 units sold for the third month in a row (up 29.5 per cent), followed by Toyota’s Hi-Lux with 3,939 cars sold (it was down by 18 per cent), Tesla’s Model 3 followed with 2,671 sold, then Mazda’s CX-5 with 2,600 and Mitsubishi’s Outlander in fifth with 2,166 cars sold.

Sales by State

Vehicle sales increased in:

  • ACT by 7.2% or 1,454 cars
  • New South Wales by 4.7%, 27,600 cars
  • Northern Territory by 2.8% or 725 cars
  • Western Australia by 16.7% or 9,815 cars

In contrast, sales declined in:

  • Queensland, 2.8% or 18,427 cars
  • South Australia, 4.5% or 5,549 cars
  • Tasmania, 9.4% or 1,414 cars
  • Victoria, 1.3% or 21,894 cars

Top 10 Cars In February 2023 

RankModelVolume February 2023Change year-on-year
1Ford Ranger4473up 29.5 per cent
2Toyota HiLux3939down 18 per cent
3Tesla Model 32671N/A
4Mazda CX-52600up 105.5 per cent
5Mitsubishi Outlander2166up 29.5 per cent
6Toyota RAV42115down 52.5 per cent
7MG ZS2047up 4.8 per cent
8Isuzu D-Max1931No change
9Subaru Forester1709up 35.9 per cent
10MG 31622up 12.9 per cent

Top 10 Brands In February 2023

RankBrandVolume February 2023Change year-on-year
1Toyota14,332down 31.4 per cent
2Mazda7667down 12.7 per cent
3Ford6022up 30.6 per cent
4Kia6000up 2.0 per cent
5Hyundai5504down 2.6 per cent
6Mitsubishi5500down 29.6 per cent
7MG4363up 15.8 per cent
8Subaru4054up 28.7 per cent
10Isuzu3156up 13.3 per cent

Feature image source: Drive