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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/04/2009   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

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

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend
21 848
18 877
15 015
4 548
8 093
1 429
703
1 213
71 725
Seasonally Adjusted
21 415
18 543
14 498
4 597
7 986
1 468
629
1 144
70 279

Change from previous month (%)

Trend
-1.6
-1.6
-1.9
-2.2
-1.8
1.3
-3.8
-0.7
-1.7
Seasonally Adjusted
-3.7
-1.6
-5.9
4.6
-3.8
5.6
-16.7
-8.4
-3.2

Change from previous year (%)

Trend
-19.1
-20.1
-22.7
-17.7
-21.5
-14.4
-24.8
-11.6
-20.2
Seasonally Adjusted
-21.7
-21.8
-25.4
-16.6
-24.5
-12.0
-40.2
-20.5
-22.6

(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


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - Decreases in the trend estimate continue to be recorded for new motor vehicle sales. The March 2009 trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales (71 725) was 1.7% lower than the corresponding estimate for February 2009 and 20.2% lower than the trend estimate 12 months earlier. Seasonally adjusted - The March 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (70 279) decreased by 3.2% compared with February 2009.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - When trend estimates for March 2009 are compared with February 2009, other vehicles sales decreased by 2.5%, passenger vehicle sales by 1.7% and sports utility vehicle sales by 0.6%. Compared with 12 months earlier, sales of all vehicle types were 20.2% lower in March 2009. Sales of sports utility vehicles have decreased by 22.6%, other vehicles by 20.7% and passenger vehicles by 19.2% when compared with the March 2008 level.
  • Seasonally adjusted - On a seasonally adjusted basis, March 2009 sales of other vehicles increased by 3.1%. Passenger vehicles decreased by 5.4% and sports utility vehicles by 2.9% when compared with February 2009.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - Tasmania was the only state or territory for which the March 2009 trend estimate of total new vehicle sales exceeded the trend estimate for February 2009. The increase of 1.3% contrasts with decreases in all other states and territories, the largest being Northern Territory by 3.7%, South Australia by 2.2%, Queensland by 1.9%, Victoria and New South Wales both by 1.6%.
  • Seasonally adjusted - When comparing March 2009 with February 2009, Tasmania (5.6%) and South Australia (4.6%) were the only states or territories to show an increase in the seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales. The Northern Territory decreased by the largest proportion, with seasonally adjusted sales falling by 16.7% compared with February 2009 followed by decreases in the Australian Capital Territory (8.3%), Queensland (5.9%), Western Australia (3.8%), New South Wales (3.7%) and Victoria (1.6%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2009 21 May 2009
May 2009 22 June 2009
June 2009 21 July 2009
July 2009 24 August 2009
August 2009 21 September 2009
September 2009 21 October 2009



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details from the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for March 2009.


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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

2008
January
53 299
18 077
19 438
90 814
-0.1
-0.1
0.8
0.1
February
53 066
18 000
19 466
90 532
-0.4
-0.4
0.1
-0.3
March
52 682
17 824
19 360
89 866
-0.7
-1.0
-0.5
-0.7
April
52 212
17 511
19 121
88 843
-0.9
-1.8
-1.2
-1.1
May
51 648
17 069
18 819
87 536
-1.1
-2.5
-1.6
-1.5
June
50 885
16 516
18 523
85 924
-1.5
-3.2
-1.6
-1.8
July
49 846
15 912
18 268
84 026
-2.0
-3.7
-1.4
-2.2
August
48 639
15 330
18 091
82 060
-2.4
-3.7
-1.0
-2.3
September
47 485
14 827
17 911
80 223
-2.4
-3.3
-1.0
-2.2
October
46 495
14 464
17 643
78 602
-2.1
-2.5
-1.5
-2.0
November
45 665
14 232
17 228
77 125
-1.8
-1.6
-2.4
-1.9
December
44 921
14 096
16 711
75 728
-1.6
-1.0
-3.0
-1.8
2009
January
44 135
13 978
16 193
74 305
-1.8
-0.8
-3.1
-1.9
February
43 339
13 870
15 733
72 942
-1.8
-0.8
-2.8
-1.8
March
42 591
13 788
15 346
71 725
-1.7
-0.6
-2.5
-1.7

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
January
53 463
18 359
19 430
91 252
-1.4
4.2
3.0
0.6
February
52 183
18 018
19 148
89 349
-2.4
-1.9
-1.4
-2.1
March
53 036
18 027
19 684
90 748
1.6
0.1
2.8
1.6
April
51 372
17 449
19 696
88 517
-3.1
-3.2
0.1
-2.5
May
51 860
16 651
18 554
87 066
1.0
-4.6
-5.8
-1.6
June
52 098
17 397
18 140
87 635
0.5
4.5
-2.2
0.7
July
49 926
15 470
18 237
83 632
-4.2
-11.1
0.5
-4.6
August
47 967
15 163
17 866
80 995
-3.9
-2.0
-2.0
-3.2
September
47 550
14 929
17 750
80 228
-0.9
-1.5
-0.7
-0.9
October
46 237
14 533
18 693
79 463
-2.8
-2.7
5.3
-1.0
November
44 850
13 697
16 832
75 378
-3.0
-5.8
-10.0
-5.1
December
45 228
14 196
17 004
76 427
0.8
3.6
1.0
1.4
2009
January
45 411
14 232
15 912
75 555
0.4
0.3
-6.4
-1.1
February
43 404
13 997
15 169
72 569
-4.4
-1.7
-4.7
-4.0
March
41 046
13 594
15 640
70 279
-5.4
-2.9
3.1
-3.2

Original

2008
January
49 295
17 646
15 329
82 270
-4.7
3.1
-12.0
-4.6
February
53 030
18 277
18 591
89 898
7.6
3.6
21.3
9.3
March
53 122
18 425
19 738
91 285
0.2
0.8
6.2
1.5
April
47 639
16 654
19 768
84 061
-10.3
-9.6
0.2
-7.9
May
51 416
17 279
19 945
88 640
7.9
3.8
0.9
5.4
June
61 524
21 388
23 629
106 541
19.7
23.8
18.5
20.2
July
51 068
14 842
18 066
83 976
-17.0
-30.6
-23.5
-21.2
August
46 114
14 233
16 977
77 324
-9.7
-4.1
-6.0
-7.9
September
48 865
14 200
17 873
80 938
6.0
-0.2
5.3
4.7
October
45 978
14 357
18 770
79 105
-5.9
1.1
5.0
-2.3
November
43 019
12 736
15 862
71 617
-6.4
-11.3
-15.5
-9.5
December
45 696
14 422
16 392
76 510
6.2
13.2
3.3
6.8
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


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

2008
January
27 453
23 405
20 027
5 516
10 386
1 718
907
1 402
90 814
February
27 278
23 556
19 773
5 537
10 377
1 697
926
1 388
90 532
March
26 990
23 624
19 435
5 529
10 313
1 669
934
1 372
89 866
April
26 622
23 541
19 049
5 501
10 197
1 650
932
1 351
88 843
May
26 207
23 289
18 636
5 463
10 060
1 638
921
1 323
87 536
June
25 728
22 868
18 177
5 416
9 918
1 625
902
1 290
85 924
July
25 199
22 303
17 657
5 362
9 765
1 602
883
1 256
84 026
August
24 662
21 688
17 148
5 309
9 589
1 569
867
1 229
82 060
September
24 158
21 104
16 744
5 235
9 386
1 527
855
1 214
80 223
October
23 712
20 606
16 448
5 138
9 159
1 484
841
1 214
78 602
November
23 318
20 210
16 184
5 023
8 906
1 446
818
1 219
77 125
December
22 955
19 874
15 910
4 898
8 656
1 421
791
1 224
75 728
2009
January
22 571
19 525
15 610
4 769
8 433
1 412
761
1 225
74 305
February
22 199
19 183
15 308
4 649
8 242
1 410
730
1 221
72 942
March
21 848
18 877
15 015
4 548
8 093
1 429
703
1 213
71 725

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
January
27 727
23 661
19 486
5 759
10 589
1 716
902
1 411
91 252
February
27 038
23 628
19 166
5 532
10 101
1 636
911
1 336
89 349
March
27 343
23 714
19 436
5 514
10 582
1 668
1 052
1 438
90 748
April
25 953
23 055
19 846
5 390
10 248
1 779
906
1 342
88 517
May
26 272
23 410
18 173
5 480
9 996
1 550
883
1 301
87 066
June
26 517
23 625
18 575
5 511
9 717
1 540
856
1 295
87 635
July
25 020
22 217
17 511
5 313
9 771
1 591
914
1 295
83 632
August
24 093
21 312
16 717
5 290
9 685
1 785
906
1 208
80 995
September
24 345
20 891
16 836
5 233
9 435
1 459
845
1 184
80 228
October
23 824
20 878
16 765
5 167
9 419
1 410
799
1 201
79 463
November
23 043
19 593
15 687
5 001
8 572
1 454
819
1 209
75 378
December
23 069
20 195
16 134
4 963
8 592
1 387
832
1 256
76 427
2009
January
22 789
20 067
15 857
4 867
8 523
1 443
762
1 247
75 555
February
22 234
18 836
15 407
4 393
8 305
1 390
755
1 248
72 569
March
21 415
18 543
14 498
4 597
7 986
1 468
629
1 144
70 279

Original

2008
January
25 810
21 044
16 972
5 256
9 650
1 490
722
1 326
82 270
February
27 855
23 803
18 914
5 607
9 952
1 484
876
1 407
89 898
March
28 128
23 153
20 231
5 334
10 483
1 470
1 108
1 378
91 285
April
24 489
21 814
19 109
5 293
9 475
1 496
1 049
1 336
84 061
May
26 334
23 865
18 672
5 803
10 067
1 585
1 025
1 289
88 640
June
32 027
27 638
24 335
6 568
11 564
1 778
1 128
1 503
106 541
July
25 216
22 272
17 963
5 237
9 580
1 510
900
1 298
83 976
August
22 669
20 575
15 679
5 034
9 652
1 680
855
1 180
77 324
September
24 513
21 479
16 697
5 074
9 679
1 561
755
1 180
80 938
October
23 448
21 337
16 024
5 069
9 850
1 478
750
1 149
79 105
November
22 043
18 756
14 111
4 935
8 284
1 575
743
1 170
71 617
December
22 421
20 792
16 163
5 028
8 416
1 660
751
1 279
76 510
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

(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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