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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Sep 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/2006   
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The Publication

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.


SEPTEMBER 2006 KEY POINTS

Trend

The trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles continues to increase. The September 2006 trend estimate (80,622) increased 0.5% compared with the August 2006 estimate.

Passenger vehicles was the only category to record an increase from August 2006 to September 2006, rising 0.8%. Passenger vehicles have now shown five consecutive months of trend increases.

The trend estimate for sports utility vehicles remained stable for September 2006 after 18 consecutive months of decline, while the 'other vehicles' category continued to decline for the 13th month in a row.

Six states or territories showed a positive monthly percentage change in their trend estimates from August 2006 to September 2006, with Western Australia recording the highest percentage increase of 1.2%.


Seasonally adjusted

The September 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (81,651) increased 3.0% compared to the August 2006 estimate.

Tasmania had the largest increase (15.7%) with all other states and territories except the Northern Territory showing slight increases. The Northern Territory decreased 5.3%.

Over this period, 'other' vehicles were the only vehicle type to decrease (down 0.2%). Passenger vehicles rose 2.1% and sports utility vehicles rose 10.4%.


New motor vehicles sales, September 2006
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales
Seasonally adjusted
24 816
20 905
17 508
5 034
9 744
1 647
753
1 244
81 651
Trend
24 320
20 476
17 596
5 036
9 661
1 558
765
1 210
80 622


Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally adjusted
3.3
3.4
1.8
2.0
2.8
15.7
-5.3
4.2
3.0
Trend
0.6
0.8
-0.3
-0.4
1.2
0.1
0.7
0.7
0.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally adjusted
-4.1
-3.0
-4.7
-5.2
9.7
-19.3
-10.4
-3.9
-3.0
Trend
-2.9
-4.5
-2.1
-4.3
11.4
-6.6
-3.3
-3.5
-1.8

(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


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUERELEASE DATE
September 200620 October 2006
October 200621 November 2006
November 200621 December 2006
December 2006
January 2007
22 January 2007
21 February 2007
February 200721 March 2007


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 October 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the September 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.
2The October 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the September 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.

The percentage change of 3.6% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 3.6%.

Graph: Trend revisions


SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles-LongTerm

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


Table 1: New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

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

2005July
49 016
13 822
15 803
78 641
-19.4
-24.5
-31.4
-23.0
August
53 648
15 173
17 356
86 177
9.4
9.8
9.8
9.6
September
52 118
15 080
17 242
84 440
-2.9
-0.6
-0.7
-2.0
October
48 434
12 503
15 181
76 118
-7.1
-17.1
-12.0
-9.9
November
52 751
14 252
16 535
83 538
8.9
14.0
8.9
9.7
December
47 945
15 046
16 286
79 277
-9.1
5.6
-1.5
-5.1
2006January
43 761
13 251
12 991
70 003
-8.7
-11.9
-20.2
-11.7
February
48 483
13 506
15 457
77 446
10.8
1.9
19.0
10.6
March
53 188
15 896
18 072
87 156
9.7
17.7
16.9
12.5
April
42 307
11 901
14 442
68 650
-20.5
-25.1
-20.1
-21.2
May
50 683
14 816
17 958
83 457
19.8
24.5
24.3
21.6
June
57 026
18 079
21 343
96 448
12.5
22.0
18.8
15.6
July
48 798
13 279
15 485
77 562
-14.4
-26.6
-27.4
-19.6
August
52 030
13 539
16 092
81 661
6.6
2.0
3.9
5.3
September
51 388
13 208
15 397
79 993
-1.2
-2.4
-4.3
-2.0

Seasonally adjusted

2005July
50 917
14 707
16 545
82 169
-1.0
2.0
-2.2
-0.7
August
51 497
15 023
17 265
83 785
1.1
2.1
4.4
2.0
September
51 294
15 687
17 197
84 178
-0.4
4.4
-0.4
0.5
October
48 711
14 037
16 299
79 047
-5.0
-10.5
-5.2
-6.1
November
50 001
14 031
16 507
80 539
2.6
-0.0
1.3
1.9
December
49 556
14 953
16 740
81 249
-0.9
6.6
1.4
0.9
2006January
51 442
14 728
16 953
83 123
3.8
-1.5
1.3
2.3
February
50 088
14 174
16 634
80 896
-2.6
-3.8
-1.9
-2.7
March
48 627
13 992
16 595
79 214
-2.9
-1.3
-0.2
-2.1
April
49 278
13 905
16 318
79 501
1.3
-0.6
-1.7
0.4
May
49 599
13 897
16 341
79 837
0.7
-0.1
0.1
0.4
June
48 830
14 305
15 576
78 711
-1.6
2.9
-4.7
-1.4
July
50 667
14 154
16 183
81 004
3.8
-1.1
3.9
2.9
August
50 291
13 032
15 936
79 259
-0.7
-7.9
-1.5
-2.2
September
51 354
14 385
15 912
81 651
2.1
10.4
-0.2
3.0

Trend

2005July
51 073
14 753
16 891
82 717
-0.4
-0.9
0.6
-0.3
August
50 828
14 720
16 905
82 453
-0.5
-0.2
0.1
-0.3
September
50 539
14 717
16 841
82 097
-0.6
-0.0
-0.4
-0.4
October
50 277
14 685
16 771
81 733
-0.5
-0.2
-0.4
-0.4
November
50 104
14 608
16 730
81 442
-0.3
-0.5
-0.2
-0.4
December
50 001
14 490
16 710
81 201
-0.2
-0.8
-0.1
-0.3
2006January
49 897
14 364
16 689
80 950
-0.2
-0.9
-0.1
-0.3
February
49 749
14 271
16 634
80 654
-0.3
-0.6
-0.3
-0.4
March
49 560
14 180
16 532
80 272
-0.4
-0.6
-0.6
-0.5
April
49 405
14 074
16 366
79 845
-0.3
-0.7
-1.0
-0.5
May
49 417
13 975
16 194
79 586
0.0
-0.7
-1.1
-0.3
June
49 660
13 936
16 061
79 657
0.5
-0.3
-0.8
0.1
July
50 033
13 916
15 968
79 917
0.8
-0.1
-0.6
0.3
August
50 443
13 900
15 906
80 249
0.8
-0.1
-0.4
0.4
September
50 858
13 899
15 865
80 622
0.8
-0.0
-0.3
0.5

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

2005July
24 998
20 025
17 631
4 813
7 727
1 438
767
1 242
78 641
August
26 292
22 550
19 330
5 458
8 714
1 689
751
1 393
86 177
September
25 457
22 044
18 344
5 243
9 125
2 151
793
1 283
84 440
October
22 949
20 289
16 026
5 030
8 349
1 655
659
1 161
76 118
November
25 716
22 428
17 181
5 500
9 107
1 667
690
1 249
83 538
December
23 054
22 110
16 208
5 335
8 664
2 080
690
1 136
79 277
2006January
21 995
17 876
15 107
4 380
7 604
1 295
616
1 130
70 003
February
24 495
19 979
16 452
5 085
8 165
1 373
731
1 166
77 446
March
27 165
21 461
19 833
5 195
9 750
1 540
913
1 299
87 156
April
21 171
17 636
14 820
4 619
7 507
1 129
764
1 004
68 650
May
25 124
20 776
18 774
5 601
9 472
1 623
863
1 224
83 457
June
28 560
23 015
23 091
6 164
11 170
1 936
1 058
1 454
96 448
July
23 688
19 322
17 910
4 794
8 720
1 334
679
1 115
77 562
August
24 223
21 043
18 124
5 107
9 736
1 436
768
1 224
81 661
September
24 267
20 449
17 061
4 903
9 716
1 688
682
1 227
79 993

Seasonally adjusted

2005July
25 412
21 321
18 118
5 160
8 416
1 627
831
1 284
82 169
August
25 911
21 851
18 290
5 288
8 682
1 652
800
1 311
83 785
September
25 873
21 560
18 375
5 310
8 884
2 042
840
1 294
84 178
October
23 698
20 665
17 427
5 197
8 527
1 606
739
1 188
79 047
November
24 440
21 313
17 268
5 292
8 837
1 464
715
1 210
80 539
December
24 686
21 611
17 466
5 241
8 725
1 577
767
1 176
81 249
2006January
25 850
21 275
18 152
5 310
8 851
1 600
817
1 268
83 123
February
25 299
20 937
17 254
5 253
8 517
1 626
793
1 217
80 896
March
24 585
19 946
17 601
4 835
8 678
1 594
769
1 206
79 214
April
24 108
20 446
17 368
5 319
8 851
1 473
748
1 188
79 501
May
23 872
20 199
17 792
5 267
9 243
1 575
740
1 149
79 837
June
23 883
19 475
17 537
5 044
9 070
1 718
768
1 216
78 711
July
24 193
20 412
18 285
5 157
9 531
1 514
738
1 174
81 004
August
24 015
20 215
17 203
4 937
9 476
1 424
795
1 194
79 259
September
24 816
20905
17 508
5 034
9 744
1 647
753
1 244
81 651

Trend

2005July
25 439
21 516
18 298
5 270
8 420
1 700
818
1 256
82 717
August
25 237
21 487
18 155
5 255
8 562
1 692
807
1 258
82 453
September
25 045
21 436
17 966
5 261
8 676
1 668
791
1 254
82 097
October
24 918
21 377
17 776
5 266
8 741
1 637
776
1 242
81 733
November
24 882
21 308
17 638
5 260
8 751
1 607
769
1 227
81 442
December
24 906
21 212
17 551
5 243
8 723
1 581
768
1 217
81 201
2006January
24 927
21 039
17 514
5 219
8 698
1 569
773
1 211
80 950
February
24 877
20 793
17 526
5 194
8 712
1 569
774
1 209
80 654
March
24 690
20 500
17 576
5 176
8 776
1 579
772
1 203
80 272
April
24 398
20 233
17 621
5 160
8 893
1 581
765
1 194
79 845
May
24 139
20 093
17 644
5 141
9 052
1 573
757
1 187
79 586
June
24 040
20 098
17 663
5 119
9 229
1 565
756
1 187
79 657
July
24 073
20 182
17 666
5 089
9 396
1 560
758
1 193
79 917
August
24 173
20 307
17 650
5 056
9 545
1 557
760
1 201
80 249
September
24 320
20 476
17 596
5 036
9 661
1 558
765
1 210
80 622

(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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