VFACTS: May 2022

Cars parked, COG Aggregation

Continuing downhill, a total of 94,383 vehicles were sold in the month of May, bringing the year-to-date total to 437,884. This represents a decline of 6.4 per cent on the same month in 2021 and an 8.3 per cent drop on the all-time May record set in 2017 (102,901). 

Again, stock shortages continue to slam the breaks on the delivery of new cars, as overwhelming demand is met by shortages restrained by production slowdowns and a scarcity of parts. 

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Chief Executive Tony Weber said,

“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.”   

Although major automotive brands are wrestling with production disruptions, the market is up compared to before the pandemic, with 437,884 vehicles recorded as sold year to date – up 0.2 per cent on 2019 figures.

Sales by Brand

No surprise, Toyota remains at the top of the charts with a total of 22,813 new vehicles sold. In second place, a definite surprise and with a remarkable result Kia, sold 7307 new cars; followed by its bigger sibling Hyundai with 7063 cars sold. In fourth place, Mazda with 6474 vehicles sold and 5th position, Mitsubishi with 6086 sold. Ford, MG, Subaru, Isuzu, and Nissan rounded out the top 10. 

Positive news, Suzuki was up 38.9 per cent and climbed to 13th position overtaking Volkswagen, normally in the top 10. GWM was up 25.7 per cent, Volvo up 18.6 per cent, Renault 17.9 per cent, Ram Trucks climbed 94.7 per cent, and Chevrolet also grew, by 33.1 per cent.

Sales by State

Sales across all states and territories where down apart from the Northern Territory, where 973 new vehicles were sold in May, representing a 2.4 per cent increase on May 2021.  

  • Australian Capital Territory decline by 11 per cent (1,367 vehicles) 
  • New South Wales declined by 6.3 per cent (30,757 vehicles) 
  • Queensland fell by 11.3 per cent (18,997) 
  • South Australia fell by 8.2 per cent (6,098) 
  • Tasmania fell by 6.8 per cent (1,651) 
  • Victoria fell by 0.8 per cent (25,164) 
  • Western Australia fell by 9.1 per cent (9,353) 
TOP 10 CARS IN MAY 2022 
RankModelVolume May 2022 Change year-on-year 
Toyota HiLux 5178 up 17.6 per cent 
Toyota RAV4 3925 down 2.2 per cent 
Ford Ranger3751 down 11.8 per cent 
Toyota Corolla3310 up 51.1 per cent 
Isuzu D-Max 2433 down 20.4 per cent 
Toyota Prado 2195 up 0.9 per cent 
Mitsubishi Triton 2054 down 11.4 per cent 
Hyundai i30 2027 down 4.2 per cent 
Mazda CX-5 1947 down 29.7 per cent 
10 Mitsubishi Outlander 1799 up 134.9 per cent 
RankBrandVolume May 2022 Change year-on-year 
Toyota 22813up 7.8 per cent 
Kia 7307 up 2.6 per cent 
Hyundai 7063 up 9.5 per cent 
Mazda 6474 down 38.7 per cent 
Mitsubishi 6086 down 6.1 per cent 
Ford 5233 down 19.4 per cent 
MG 4064 up 15.9 per cent 
Subaru 3626 up 2.2 per cent 
Isuzu Ute 3494 up 11.5 per cent 
10 Nissan 2970 down 31 per cent