Australia’s auto sales in February 2021 stood at 83,977 units, up by 5.1pc from 79,940 units sold in Feb 2020, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
FCAI said that the growth in February sales was driven by purchasers classified as private buyers within the VFACTS system. Sales in February to private buyers grew by 15.8pc, while sales to business purchasers and the government fell by 4pc and 13.8pc, respectively.
Of the total sales, SUV sales contributed the highest volume with 42,651 units, representing 50.8pc to the total figure, while light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales represented 23pc with 19,326 units and passenger vehicles represented 22.9pc with 19,194 units.
|Australia’s vehicle sales in February 2021 (in units)|
|Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)||19,326||15,523||24.5pc|
Toyota was the leading brand in February with sales of 18,375 units or 21.9pc of total sales, followed by Mazda with 8,322 units (9.9pc), Hyundai with 6,252 units (7.4pc), Mitsubishi with 6,202 units (7.4pc), and Kia with 5,871 units (7pc).
ThnormalizeHilux was the best-selling vehicle in February 2021 with sales of 4,808 units, followed by the Ford Ranger with 2,900 units, the Toyota RAV4 with 2,750 units, the Toyota Landcruiser with 2,521 units, and the Toyota Corolla with 2,427 units.
The increase in vehicle sales in February was reflected across all states and territories other than Victoria (down by 8.7pc), Tasmania (down by 3.9pc), and the ACT (down by 38.3pc) from the same month in the prior year. The sales reduction in Victoria declined due to COVID-19-related restrictions.
In the first two months of the year (Jan-Feb, 2021), the country’s auto sales grew by 7.9pc to 163,643 units from the prior-year period.
FCAI said the February sales showed that confidence was continuing to grow in the auto sector in Australia. The association stated that it remains confident that the growth in vehicle sales will continue in an environment where business operating conditions continue to normalize.