New vehicle sales rose 3.0 percent in 2022 despite widely publicized supply issues, ending at about 1.08 million units for the calendar year.
Annual sales data (VFACTS) shows that 1,081,429 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were delivered in 2022, making it the best result since 2018 when 1,153,111 vehicles were sold.
Industry-wide sales for December 2022 jumped 12.1 percent, giving the market some momentum heading into the new calendar year.
Toyota topped the annual chart and recorded its best result in 14 years, suggesting its waiting list issue is more about demand than supply. Mazda finished second, ahead of Kia’s best result to finish third.
Battery electric vehicles account for 3.1 percent of sales, and show every sign of increasing in 2023 as a wave of more affordable models from China begin to go on sale.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive Tony Weber said the path through the COVID recovery, chip shortages and bottlenecks due to global shipping barriers had created “great challenges for automakers and their dealer networks in 2022”.
“Although 2022 is a year of resilience and recovery, 2023 forms one of the most important in recent history, especially in terms of policy development that sets the direction for the future decarbonisation of the light vehicle fleet,” he said. said.
Toyota is dominant. The Japanese automaker sold a total of 231,050 cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles domestically throughout 2022, increasing sales by 3.3 percent. One in five new vehicles delivered last year was a Toyota.
Toyota was the best-selling model in nine market segments last year.
The brand also achieved a new record for hybrid vehicles, selling a total of 72,815 petrol-electric models. This is 31.5 percent of all Toyota vehicles delivered in 2022, and so if the Toyota Hybrid were a separate franchise, it would rank sixth in the market.
This is all despite widely reported supply chain issues and production cuts, leading to massive order banks for vehicles such as the RAV4, Camry and LandCruiser. In fact, Toyota claims demand for its cars is at a record high.
Finishing second was Mazda despite a 5.3 percent drop in deliveries, ahead of the impressive Kia in third (up 15.3 percent).
The Korean brand edged out Mitsubishi which had annual growth of almost 14 percent, and pushed its sister brand Hyundai to fifth place.
Rounding out the top 10 are Ford, MG, Subaru, Isuzu Ute and Mercedes-Benz – the graphic above says Volkswagen, but if you combine Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans (as we do with all other brands) the results are reversed.
Smaller volume brands that jumped in percentage terms included Ram (up 52.8 percent), GWM/Haval (up 36.2 percent and ranked 13th overall), SsangYong (up 32.4 percent), Porsche (up 26.6 percent), Renault (up 24.7 percent), Suzuki (up 23.5 percent), Chevrolet (up 23.4 percent), and Volvo (up 18.7 percent).
Some of the brands that fell behind in terms of output included Nissan (down 35.8 percent due to a lack of SUV supply, finishing a disappointing 12th overall), Land Rover (down 32.7 percent), Peugeot (down 25.6 percent), Lexus (down 23.7 percent). , Honda (down 19.1 percent), and Jeep (down 14.2 percent).
The Volkswagen Group had supply issues across the board, which affected sales therefore: Volkswagen (down 24.1 percent), Audi (down 7.9 percent), and Skoda (down 29.2 percent). The brand new Cupra did just that, managing 1111 deliveries.
EV-focused brands lacking 2021 sales data to compare to include Tesla (19,594 sales, ranked 16th overall), new entrant BYD (2113 late-year sales after launch) and Polestar (1524 full-year deliveries).
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Here is a list of the top 20 vehicles sold throughout 2022.
The list consists of five utes; five mid-size SUVs; three light and small SUVs; three small cars; three big or top SUVs; and a light car.
From this list, six models are sold by market leader Toyota. Next best is Mazda with four models, while Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and MG each have two of their models in the top 20.
Brands with one top 20 product are Isuzu Ute and Ford.
- Toyota HiLux: 64,391 sales
- Ford Ranger: 47,479 sales
- Toyota RAV4: 34,845 sales
- Mitsubishi Triton: 27,436 sales
- Mazda CX-5: 27,062 sales
- Toyota Corolla: 25,284
- Isuzu D-Max: 24,336 sales
- MG ZS: 22,466 sales
- Hyundai i30: 21,166 sales
- Toyota Prado: 21,102 sales
- Mitsubishi Outlander: 19,546 sales
- Kia Sportage: 18,792 sales
- Hyundai Tucson: 17,870 sales
- MG 3: 16,168 sales
- Mazda CX-30: 13,891 sales
- Toyota Land Cruiser car: 13,152 sales
- Mazda BT-50: 12,937 sales
- Toyota Kluger: 12,562 sales
- Kia Cerato: 12,354 sales
- Mazda CX-3: 11,907 sales
- Micro Car: Kia Picanto (5196), Mitsubishi Mirage (862), Fiat 500 (357)
- Cars under $25,000: MG 3 (16,168), Suzuki Baleno (6124), Mazda 2 (5146)
- Cars over $25,000: Mini Hatch (1651), Audi A1 (390), Citroen C3 (77)
- Small Cars under $40,000: Toyota Corolla (25,284), Hyundai i30 (21,166), Kia Cerato (12,354)
- Small Cars over $40,000: Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2840), Audi A3 (2110), BMW 1 Series (1426)
- Medium Cars under $60,000: Toyota Camry (9538), Mazda 6 (1511), Skoda Octavia (963)
- Medium Cars over $60,000: Tesla Model 3 (10,877), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (3566), BMW 3 Series (2818)
- Big Cars under $70,000: Kia Stinger (2242), Skoda Superb (655), Citroen C5 X (61)
- Big Cars over $70,000: BMW 5 Series (457), Porsche Taycan (430), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (347)
- Big Top car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (167), Chrysler 300 (79), Mercedes-Benz EQS (70)
- People’s Mobilizer: Kia Carnival (8054), Hyundai Staria (1721), Mercedes-Benz V-Class (570)
- Sports Cars under $80,000: Ford Mustang (1887), Subaru BRZ (1165), BMW 2 Series (670)
- Sports Cars over $80,000: BMW 4 Series (1001), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (567), Chevrolet Corvette (225)
- Sports Cars over $200,000: Porsche 911 (547), Ferrari (203), two-seater Lamborghini (86)
- Light SUV: Mazda CX-3 (11,907), Kia Stonic (8557), Toyota Yaris Cross (8432)
- Small SUVs under $40,000: MG ZS (22,466), Mazda CX-30 (13,891), Mitsubishi ASX (12,753)
- Small SUVs over $40,000: Volvo XC40 (5119), Audi Q3 (5048), Mercedes-Benz GLA (3058)
- Medium SUVs under $60,000: Toyota RAV4 (34,845), Mazda CX-5 (27,062), Mitsubishi Outlander (19,546)
- Mid-size SUVs over $60,000: Tesla Model Y (8717), BMW X3 (4546), Mercedes-Benz GLC (4325)
- Large SUVs under $70,000: Toyota Prado (21,102), Toyota Kluger (12,562), Isuzu MU-X (10,987)
- Large SUVs over $70,000: BMW X5 (3111), Mercedes-Benz GLE (3093), Land Rover Defender (1623)
- Top Large SUVs under $100,000: Toyota LandCruiser Wagon (13,152), Nissan Patrol (5724)
- Top Large SUVs over $100,000: BMW X7 (840), Mercedes-Benz GLS (803), Mercedes-Benz G-Class (427)
- Light Vans: Volkswagen Caddy (565), Renault Kangoo (508), Peugeot Partner (287)
- Medium Vans: Toyota HiAce (8748), Hyundai Staria Load (3291), LDV G10 (3159)
- Big Vans: LDV Deliver 9 (2966), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2685), Renault Master (1615)
- Light Bus: Toyota HiAce (2594), Toyota Coaster (311), LDV Deliver 9 (215)
- 4×2 Utes: Toyota HiLux (17,062), Ford Ranger (4351), Isuzu D-Max (4212)
- Utes 4×4: Toyota HiLux (47,329), Ford Ranger (43,128), Mitsubishi Triton (23,953)
All kinds of things
Sales by region
- New South Wales: 338,012, up 3.0 percent
- Victoria: 287,314, up 5.3 percent
- Queensland: 235,591, up 2.5 percent
- Western Australia: 105,905, down 0.2 percent
- South Australia: 69,373, up 1.1 percent
- Tasmania: 19,157, up 3.2 percent
- Australian Capital Territory: 16,228, up 1.4 percent
- Northern Territory: 9849, up 0.2 percent
- SUV: 574,632 sales, 53.1 percent market share
- Light ads: 256,382 sales, 23.7 percent market share
- Passenger car: 203,056 sales, 18.8 percent market share
- Heavy ads: 47,359 sales, 4.4 percent market share
Top segment by market share
- Medium SUV: 20 percent
- 4×4 Utes: 18.1 percent
- Small SUV: 13.3 percent
- Large SUVs: 12.9 percent
- Small Car: 8.2 percent
Sales according to the type of buyer
- Private buyers: 580,495, up 7.7 percent
- Business fleet: 362,623, down 4.2 percent
- Rent a fleet: 63,755, up 5.8 percent
- Government fleet: 27,197, down 4.6 percent
Sales by propellant or fuel type
- Gasoline: 551,556
- Diesel: 361,366
- Hybrid: 81,786
- Electricity: 33,410
- PHEV: 5937
- Hydrogen FCEV: 15
Sales by country of origin
- Japan: 330,061
- Thailand: 245,608
- Korea: 159,244
- China: 122,845
- Germany: 41,931
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