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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2010  
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
25 069
23 469
16 702
5 286
8 845
1 715
853
1 307
83 245

Change from previous month (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
-4.6
2.2
-5.5
-2.5
-6.9
4.0
5.9
-0.5
-2.7

Change from previous year (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
17.6
28.8
14.6
14.5
11.1
22.4
38.7
14.9
19.2

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

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term



MARCH KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • Following the Commonwealth Budget in May 2009, the eligibility period for the Small Business and General Business Tax Break was extended to December 2009. The rebate level was also increased for small businesses, allowing eligible businesses to claim an increased tax deduction on the purchase of new motor vehicles.
  • The trend series attempts to measure the underlying behaviour in new motor vehicle sales. In the short term, this measurement may be significantly affected by unusual influences in the original and seasonally adjusted data, like those observed in May and June 2009. If the trend estimates in the publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would be likely to provide a misleading view of the underlying trend in new motor vehicle sales activity.
  • The new motor vehicle sales trend series has therefore been suspended from May 2009. The trend series will be reintroduced when more certainty emerges in the underlying behaviour of new car sales.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates can still be produced and will continue to be published as usual.
  • This publication shows the trend series to April 2009 and seasonally adjusted series to March 2010.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - The March 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (83 245) decreased by 2.7% when compared to February 2010. The March 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales increased by 19.2% when compared to the March 2009 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - When comparing March 2010 with February 2010, Other vehicles decreased by 7.4% and Sports utility vehicles by 7.1%. Passenger vehicles increased by 0.7% over the same period. When comparing March 2010 to March 2009, sales of Sports utility vehicles increased by 29.6%, Other vehicles by 8.0%, and Passenger vehicles by 19.9%.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - Sales of new motor vehicles decreased for five of the eight states or territories in seasonally adjusted terms for March 2010 compared to February 2010. Western Australia reported the largest percentage decrease of 6.9% followed by Queensland and New South Wales, with decreases of 5.5% and 4.6% respectively. The Northern Territory recorded the largest percentage increase by 5.9%, followed by Tasmania and Victoria, with increases of 4.0% and 2.2% respectively.
  • All states and territories increased when comparing March 2010 to March 2009 with the Northern Territory showing the largest percentage increase of 38.7%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2010 24 May 2010
May 2010 21 June 2010
June 2010 15 July 2010
August 2010 16 August 2010
September 2010 15 September 2010
October 2010 18 October 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details for the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for March 2010.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Long term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Long term


New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term

New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

Count Passenger vehicles
Count Sports utility vehicles
Count Other vehicles
Count Total vehicles
Change Passenger vehicles
Change Sports utility vehicles
Change Other vehicles
Change Total vehicles
no.
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%
%

Trend

2009
January
43 934
14 035
16 119
74 087
-1.6
-0.4
-3.3
-1.8
February
43 338
14 051
15 636
73 025
-1.4
0.1
-3.0
-1.4
March
43 023
14 160
15 278
72 460
-0.7
0.8
-2.3
-0.8
April
43 099
14 326
15 065
72 490
0.2
1.2
-1.4
-
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
2010
January
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
February
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
March
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
January
45 096
14 467
15 961
75 524
-0.9
0.9
-6.2
-1.8
February
43 503
14 200
15 286
72 988
-3.5
-1.8
-4.2
-3.4
March
41 110
13 434
15 300
69 844
-5.5
-5.4
0.1
-4.3
April
42 704
14 246
14 915
71 866
3.9
6.0
-2.5
2.9
May
44 001
15 326
17 103
76 431
3.0
7.6
14.7
6.4
June
45 056
16 341
19 977
81 374
2.4
6.6
16.8
6.5
July
45 305
15 102
14 661
75 068
0.6
-7.6
-26.6
-7.7
August
45 733
14 896
14 904
75 533
0.9
-1.4
1.7
0.6
September
46 580
15 309
16 682
78 570
1.9
2.8
11.9
4.0
October
47 281
16 429
18 656
82 365
1.5
7.3
11.8
4.8
November
47 744
18 875
20 514
87 133
1.0
14.9
10.0
5.8
December
46 947
19 677
23 526
90 150
-1.7
4.2
14.7
3.5
2010
January
48 957
18 731
19 561
87 249
4.3
-4.8
-16.9
-3.2
February
48 989
18 754
17 841
85 584
0.1
0.1
-8.8
-1.9
March
49 311
17 416
16 518
83 245
0.7
-7.1
-7.4
-2.7

Original

2009
January
41 309
13 435
12 335
67 079
-9.6
-6.8
-24.7
-12.3
February
42 463
13 699
14 079
70 241
2.8
2.0
14.1
4.7
March
43 484
15 022
17 144
75 650
2.4
9.7
21.8
7.7
April
36 697
13 092
14 176
63 965
-15.6
-12.8
-17.3
-15.4
May
42 245
15 562
17 634
75 441
15.1
18.9
24.4
17.9
June
55 837
20 459
26 551
102 847
32.2
31.5
50.6
36.3
July
46 099
14 752
14 482
75 333
-17.4
-27.9
-45.5
-26.8
August
44 918
13 972
14 397
73 287
-2.6
-5.3
-0.6
-2.7
September
47 284
14 443
16 404
78 131
5.3
3.4
13.9
6.6
October
46 544
15 741
18 528
80 813
-1.6
9.0
12.9
3.4
November
47 059
18 360
20 414
85 833
1.1
16.6
10.2
6.2
December
46 623
19 616
22 469
88 708
-0.9
6.8
10.1
3.3
2010
January
43 580
16 900
14 384
74 864
-6.5
-13.8
-36.0
-15.6
February
47 829
18 073
16 317
82 219
9.7
6.9
13.4
9.8
March
53 717
21 643
19 384
94 744
12.3
19.8
18.8
15.2

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

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.

Trend

2009
January
22 622
19 432
15 563
4 730
8 368
1 392
753
1 228
74 087
February
22 367
19 120
15 355
4 641
8 195
1 391
730
1 225
73 025
March
22 245
18 944
15 251
4 599
8 091
1 397
715
1 217
72 460
April
22 301
18 942
15 278
4 608
8 040
1 401
715
1 207
72 490
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
2010
January
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
February
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
March
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
January
23 315
19 942
15 661
4 778
8 411
1 409
746
1 260
75 524
February
22 384
19 088
15 427
4 455
8 256
1 377
761
1 240
72 988
March
21 310
18 228
14 577
4 615
7 961
1 401
615
1 138
69 844
April
22 303
18 472
15 236
4 558
7 941
1 389
723
1 243
71 866
May
23 469
20 296
16 044
4 932
8 288
1 443
750
1 208
76 431
June
24 713
21 468
17 388
5 179
8 949
1 553
741
1 383
81 374
July
23 236
19 925
15 889
4 850
7 873
1 295
795
1 206
75 068
August
23 690
19 380
16 144
4 890
7 997
1 448
772
1 212
75 533
September
24 391
20 676
16 897
5 212
8 024
1 379
762
1 230
78 570
October
25 072
21 929
17 580
5 580
8 597
1 524
763
1 319
82 365
November
26 604
23 631
18 589
5 758
8 844
1 491
885
1 330
87 133
December
28 124
23 180
19 672
6 003
9 225
1 828
809
1 310
90 150
2010
January
26 123
23 344
18 340
5 912
9 549
1 746
917
1 318
87 249
February
26 270
22 962
17 668
5 420
9 497
1 649
806
1 313
85 584
March
25 069
23 469
16 702
5 286
8 845
1 715
853
1 307
83 245

Original

2009
January
21 085
17 493
13 521
4 355
7 648
1 234
588
1 155
67 079
February
21 969
18 273
14 604
4 336
7 864
1 227
706
1 262
70 241
March
23 550
19 503
16 124
4 779
8 329
1 388
718
1 259
75 650
April
19 596
16 395
13 801
4 128
7 043
1 146
772
1 084
63 965
May
22 958
19 995
15 884
5 025
8 150
1 404
851
1 174
75 441
June
31 089
26 508
23 509
6 406
10 838
1 814
991
1 692
102 847
July
23 472
19 884
16 403
4 632
7 817
1 184
761
1 180
75 333
August
22 704
18 848
15 661
4 696
8 003
1 476
723
1 176
73 287
September
24 367
20 857
16 255
5 141
8 217
1 382
698
1 214
78 131
October
24 251
21 989
16 830
5 506
8 763
1 520
696
1 258
80 813
November
26 559
23 417
17 719
5 698
8 702
1 619
810
1 309
85 833
December
26 848
23 398
18 995
6 213
8 967
2 242
737
1 308
88 708
2010
January
22 820
19 746
15 253
5 151
8 521
1 487
716
1 170
74 864
February
25 708
21 924
16 744
5 242
9 048
1 474
742
1 337
82 219
March
29 083
26 380
19 480
5 950
9 636
1 711
1 038
1 466
94 744

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



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