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This publication presents monthly information on sales of new motor vehicles in each state/territory in original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimated terms. The original data are sourced from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Sales data are available for passenger vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), other vehicles and total vehicles at the state/territory and national levels.


AUGUST 2005 KEY POINTS

Trend

The August 2005 trend estimate (82,608) for the sales of new motor vehicles increased 0.2% over the July 2005 estimate. The trend estimate for August 2005 is 3.3% higher than the August 2004 estimate (79,963).

In August 2005, increases were recorded in the trend estimate for sales of new passenger vehicles (0.2%) and other vehicles (1.0%) compared with June 2005, while sales of sports utility vehicles decreased (-0.8%). Compared with August 2004, increases were recorded for sales of passenger vehicles (4.7%) and other vehicles (6.3%), however sales of sports utility vehicles decreased 4.3%.

Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in August 2005 compared with July 2005. Western Australia (1.5%) and Australian Capital Territory (0.9%) recorded the largest increases, while South Australia (-0.9%) and Tasmania (-0.7%) recorded the largest decreases over the same period.

When compared with August 2004, all states and territories excluding New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania recorded increases in August 2005, with both Western Australia and Northern Territory recording the largest increase of 8.5%.

Seasonally adjusted

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles for August 2005 (83,560) recorded an increase (1.4%) over July 2005.

Increases were recorded in the seasonally adjusted sales of new passenger vehicles (0.6%) and other new motor vehicles (5.0%) in August 2005 compared with July 2005, while sales of sports utility vehicles decreased (-0.2%).

All states and territories excluding Tasmania and Northern Territory recorded increases in the seasonally adjusted estimates for sales of new motor vehicles in August 2005 compared with July 2005. Western Australia (3.2%) and Victoria (2.3%) recorded the largest increases, while Northern Territory (-1.7%) recorded the largest decrease.

Sales Of New Motor Vehicles, August 2005
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
25,774
21,808
18,376
5,220
8,656
1,607
807
1,312
83,560
Trend
25,267
21,530
18,478
5,184
8,429
1,639
819
1,262
82,608


Percentage Change From Previous Month
Seasonally Adjusted
1.2
2.3
0.0
1.2
3.2
-0.6
-1.7
1.2
1.4
Trend
-0.2
0.5
0.1
-0.9
1.5
-0.7
-0.1
0.9
0.2


Percentage Change From Previous Year
Seasonally Adjusted
3.5
5.8
7.2
-1.7
14.2
3.1
8.5
19.1
5.8
Trend
-0.2
3.5
8.0
-2.5
8.5
-3.5
8.5
6.0
3.3

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.


NOTES


TREND REVISIONS


Trend estimates are likely to be revised when new seasonally adjusted estimates become available. For further information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 11 and 12.

The graph below presents the effect of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimates.

1The September 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the August 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.8%.
2The September 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the August 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.8%.

The percentage change of 3.8% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 3.8%.

Graph: Trend


SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES


Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles - Long Term



Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles - Short Term



Table 1: New Motor Vehicle Sales

Passenger vehicles (No.)
Sports utility vehicles (No.)
Other vehicles (No.)
Total vehicles (No.)
Change passenger vehicles (%)
Change sports utility vehicles (%)
Change other vehicles (%)
Change total vehicles (%)

Original

2004June
58,284
17,981
20,947
97,212
26.2
19.5
22.8
24.2
July
46,724
14,442
15,869
77,035
-19.8
-19.7
-24.2
-20.8
August
48,649
14,910
15,685
79,244
4.1
3.2
-1.2
2.9
September
49,911
14,715
15,826
80,452
2.6
-1.3
0.9
1.5
October
52,290
13,907
15,470
81,667
4.8
-5.5
-2.2
1.5
November
52,888
15,257
16,190
84,335
1.1
9.7
4.7
3.3
December
48,673
14,311
15,996
78,980
-8.0
-6.2
-1.2
-6.3
2005January
43,075
13,826
12,664
69,565
-11.5
-3.4
-20.8
-11.9
February
50,645
15,478
14,886
81,009
17.6
11.9
17.5
16.5
March
53,280
17,348
15,798
86,426
5.2
12.1
6.1
6.7
April
46,645
13,749
15,936
76,330
-12.5
-20.7
0.9
-11.7
May
50,420
15,329
17,981
83,730
8.1
11.5
12.8
9.7
June
60,720
18,229
22,958
101,907
20.4
18.9
27.7
21.7
July
48,931
13,716
15,652
78,299
-19.4
-24.8
-31.8
-23.2
August
53,650
15,173
17,356
86,179
9.6
10.6
10.9
10.1

Seasonally Adjusted

2004June
49,254
14,461
15,589
79,304
2.9
-1.1
-2.5
1.1
July
47,540
14,767
16,143
78,450
-3.5
2.1
3.6
-1.1
August
48,276
14,940
15,748
78,964
1.5
1.2
-2.4
0.7
September
50,058
15,218
16,218
81,494
3.7
1.9
3.0
3.2
October
51,681
15,455
16,457
83,593
3.2
1.6
1.5
2.6
November
50,032
15,029
15,744
80,805
-3.2
-2.8
-4.3
-3.3
December
48,105
14,387
16,116
78,608
-3.9
-4.3
2.4
-2.7
2005January
52,373
15,898
16,964
85,235
8.9
10.5
5.3
8.4
February
52,534
16,196
16,069
84,799
0.3
1.9
-5.3
-0.5
March
50,236
15,854
15,657
81,747
-4.4
-2.1
-2.6
-3.6
April
51,255
15,013
16,814
83,082
2.0
-5.3
7.4
1.6
May
51,115
14,566
16,603
82,284
-0.3
-3.0
-1.3
-1.0
June
51,015
14,286
16,682
81,983
-0.2
-1.9
0.5
-0.4
July
51,309
14,659
16,466
82,434
0.6
2.6
-1.3
0.6
August
51,637
14,635
17,288
83,560
0.6
-0.2
5.0
1.4

Trend

2004June
48,416
14,471
15,951
78,838
0.1
2.4
-0.2
0.5
July
48,665
14,776
15,931
79,372
0.5
2.1
-0.1
0.7
August
49,016
14,981
15,966
79,963
0.7
1.4
0.2
0.7
September
49,469
15,095
16,062
80,626
0.9
0.8
0.6
0.8
October
49,946
15,204
16,151
81,301
1.0
0.7
0.6
0.8
November
50,381
15,361
16,202
81,944
0.9
1.0
0.3
0.8
December
50,733
15,541
16,224
82,498
0.7
1.2
0.1
0.7
2005January
50,980
15,652
16,243
82,875
0.5
0.7
0.1
0.5
February
51,112
15,641
16,270
83,023
0.3
-0.1
0.2
0.2
March
51,202
15,482
16,320
83,004
0.2
-1.0
0.3
0.0
April
51,246
15,212
16,410
82,868
0.1
-1.7
0.6
-0.2
May
51,214
14,906
16,521
82,641
-0.1
-2.0
0.7
-0.3
June
51,191
14,649
16,659
82,499
0.0
-1.7
0.8
-0.2
July
51,193
14,459
16,794
82,446
0.0
-1.3
0.8
-0.1
August
51,301
14,339
16,968
82,608
0.2
-0.8
1.0
0.2




Table 2: New Motor Vehicle Sales by State/Territory of Registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)

Original

2004June
31,438
23,929
22,026
6,436
8,969
1,982
958
1,474
97,212
July
25,031
19,410
17,141
4,949
7,228
1,449
646
1,181
77,035
August
24,795
20,850
17,269
5,414
7,513
1,585
677
1,141
79,244
September
25,241
20,821
17,188
5,289
8,177
1,855
739
1,142
80,452
October
25,621
22,747
16,079
5,413
7,875
1,981
709
1,242
81,667
November
26,619
23,052
17,117
5,450
8,157
1,944
694
1,302
84,335
December
24,315
21,700
16,537
4,998
7,341
2,245
647
1,197
78,980
2005January
22,467
18,015
14,530
4,466
6,931
1,478
560
1,118
69,565
February
25,754
20,580
17,837
5,489
7,880
1,431
776
1,262
81,009
March
27,474
21,963
19,114
5,452
8,623
1,571
888
1,341
86,426
April
24,329
19,497
16,789
5,034
7,329
1,371
858
1,123
76,330
May
26,204
21,882
18,221
5,534
8,066
1,639
912
1,272
83,730
June
30,695
25,402
24,613
6,561
9,986
2,052
1,183
1,415
101,907
July
24,905
19,923
17,559
4,794
7,684
1,435
764
1,235
78,299
August
26,292
22,552
19,330
5,458
8,714
1,689
751
1,393
86,179

Seasonally Adjusted

2004June
25,560
20,495
17,000
5,231
7,256
1,817
720
1,225
79,304
July
25,247
19,840
17,182
5,117
7,613
1,570
675
1,206
78,450
August
24,909
20,621
17,139
5,310
7,581
1,558
744
1,102
78,964
September
25,699
20,920
17,244
5,428
8,407
1,770
808
1,218
81,494
October
25,926
22,791
17,357
5,658
7,909
1,927
764
1,261
83,593
November
25,541
21,393
16,999
5,238
8,009
1,683
708
1,234
80,805
December
25,293
21,086
16,784
4,745
7,164
1,672
701
1,163
78,608
2005January
27,126
22,296
17,987
5,578
8,335
1,850
744
1,319
85,235
February
27,065
21,680
18,392
5,619
8,119
1,725
860
1,339
84,799
March
26,172
21,086
17,504
5,363
7,722
1,755
782
1,363
81,747
April
26,008
21,268
18,571
5,435
8,237
1,634
779
1,150
83,082
May
25,349
21,447
18,294
5,428
8,093
1,656
791
1,226
82,284
June
24,919
21,364
18,634
5,241
7,980
1,781
863
1,201
81,983
July
25,466
21,317
18,370
5,157
8,389
1,617
821
1,297
82,434
August
25,774
21,808
18,376
5,220
8,656
1,607
807
1,312
83,560

Trend

2004June
25,306
20,337
16,933
5,216
7,476
1,613
761
1,196
78,838
July
25,303
20,509
17,049
5,271
7,630
1,657
760
1,193
79,372
August
25,323
20,793
17,115
5,316
7,772
1,698
755
1,191
79,963
September
25,419
21,146
17,153
5,346
7,889
1,728
750
1,195
80,626
October
25,609
21,481
17,184
5,364
7,957
1,750
746
1,210
81,301
November
25,881
21,707
17,250
5,375
7,982
1,766
746
1,237
81,944
December
26,180
21,770
17,394
5,388
7,983
1,769
750
1,264
82,498
2005January
26,386
21,697
17,611
5,409
7,975
1,757
759
1,281
82,875
February
26,407
21,552
17,863
5,430
7,978
1,737
774
1,282
83,023
March
26,246
21,431
18,098
5,438
8,006
1,721
793
1,271
83,004
April
25,972
21,380
18,269
5,417
8,060
1,707
806
1,257
82,868
May
25,673
21,367
18,365
5,361
8,127
1,688
813
1,247
82,641
June
25,449
21,386
18,424
5,294
8,214
1,669
818
1,245
82,499
July
25,305
21,429
18,455
5,229
8,307
1,650
820
1,251
82,446
August
25,267
21,530
18,478
5,184
8,429
1,639
819
1,262
82,608

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

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