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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

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

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend
26 756
23 334
17 306
5 251
9 185
1 474
824
1 332
85 462
Seasonally Adjusted
27 382
23 251
18 431
5 167
9 296
1 457
827
1 330
87 141

Change from previous month (%)

Trend
0.1
0.2
1.1
-0.8
-0.5
-2.6
-0.9
-0.1
0.2
Seasonally Adjusted
6.7
-0.2
6.7
-2.9
1.4
1.0
9.9
-0.9
3.4

Change from previous year (%)

Trend
2.0
-0.7
-2.6
-5.6
-2.3
-12.4
-3.3
-1.2
-1.0
Seasonally Adjusted
6.0
-3.6
8.4
-6.0
1.5
-15.9
-1.0
-1.4
1.9

(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 - The March 2011 trend estimate (85,462) has increased by 0.2% when compared with February 2011.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - The March 2011 seasonally adjusted estimate for new motor vehicle sales (87 141) increased by 3.4% when compared with February 2011.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - When comparing national trend estimates for March 2011 with February 2011, sales of Passenger vehicles decreased by 0.7%. Sports utility vehicles and Other vehicles increased by 0.7% and 1.7% respectively over the same period.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - When comparing seasonally adjusted estimates for March 2011 with February 2011, sales of Passenger vehicles, Sports utility vehicles and Other vehicles increased by 1.3%, 7.8% and 4.3% respectively.


SALES BY STATE
  • Five of the eight states and territories have experienced a decrease in the trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales when comparing March 2011 with February 2011. Tasmania recorded the largest percentage decrease with 2.6%, followed by the Northern Territory (0.9%) and South Australia (0.8%). Queensland recorded the largest percentage increase of 1.1% over the same period.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, sales of new motor vehicles increased in five of the eight states and territories for March 2011 when compared with February 2011. The Northern Territory recorded the largest percentage increase of 9.9%, followed by New South Wales and Queensland, both 6.7%. Over the same period South Australia recorded the largest percentage decrease of 2.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2011 16 May 2011
May 2011 16 June 2011
June 2011 18 July 2011
July 2011 15 August 2011
August 2011 15 September 2011
September 2011 17 October 2011



IMPACT OF THE FLOODS

The impact of recent flooding and cyclone events on new motor vehicles sales is beginning to show in trend estimates for Queensland. For both February and March 2011, Queensland recorded the largest increase in the trend estimate (1.0% and 1.1% respectively). It is expected that the flooding events will continue to have an impact on sales in both Queensland and a number of other states over the next few months as damaged vehicles are replaced.

The collection and processing of data on new motor vehicle sales for this publication were not disrupted due to the flooding. In general, data produced for this release are of the same scope and quality as normally released by the ABS.


ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details for the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for March 2011.


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 by month

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

Trend

2010
January
48 629
18 704
17 670
85 003
1.4
2.3
-0.1
1.3
February
49 346
18 911
17 555
85 812
1.5
1.1
-0.7
1.0
March
49 886
18 993
17 461
86 339
1.1
0.4
-0.5
0.6
April
50 061
19 088
17 438
86 588
0.4
0.5
-0.1
0.3
May
49 815
19 303
17 439
86 558
-0.5
1.1
-
-
June
49 200
19 673
17 393
86 266
-1.2
1.9
-0.3
-0.3
July
48 523
20 061
17 303
85 887
-1.4
2.0
-0.5
-0.4
August
48 122
20 286
17 169
85 577
-0.8
1.1
-0.8
-0.4
September
48 057
20 245
17 008
85 310
-0.1
-0.2
-0.9
-0.3
October
48 251
19 998
16 922
85 171
0.4
-1.2
-0.5
-0.2
November
48 480
19 696
16 978
85 154
0.5
-1.5
0.3
-
December
48 536
19 479
17 156
85 171
0.1
-1.1
1.0
-
2011
January
48 392
19 422
17 403
85 217
-0.3
-0.3
1.4
0.1
February
48 138
19 518
17 671
85 327
-0.5
0.5
1.5
0.1
March
47 824
19 662
17 977
85 462
-0.7
0.7
1.7
0.2

Seasonally Adjusted

2010
January
49 062
18 720
18 830
86 612
5.9
-3.6
-18.3
-2.5
February
49 330
18 682
17 493
85 505
0.5
-0.2
-7.1
-1.3
March
49 846
18 602
17 074
85 521
1.0
-0.4
-2.4
-
April
53 824
20 649
17 381
91 855
8.0
11.0
1.8
7.4
May
51 365
19 623
17 564
88 552
-4.6
-5.0
1.1
-3.6
June
49 512
19 500
17 706
86 718
-3.6
-0.6
0.8
-2.1
July
47 568
20 299
16 974
84 841
-3.9
4.1
-4.1
-2.2
August
47 486
19 760
17 629
84 876
-0.2
-2.7
3.9
-
September
48 319
20 825
16 842
85 987
1.8
5.4
-4.5
1.3
October
47 623
20 666
16 706
84 994
-1.4
-0.8
-0.8
-1.2
November
48 292
20 180
16 800
85 272
1.4
-2.4
0.6
0.3
December
50 617
18 072
17 343
86 032
4.8
-10.4
3.2
0.9
2011
January
48 363
18 715
17 049
84 127
-4.5
3.6
-1.7
-2.2
February
46 931
19 582
17 742
84 255
-3.0
4.6
4.1
0.2
March
47 534
21 106
18 501
87 141
1.3
7.8
4.3
3.4

Original

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
April
47 156
18 067
16 178
81 401
-12.2
-16.5
-16.5
-14.1
May
50 450
20 065
18 703
89 218
7.0
11.1
15.6
9.6
June
60 820
24 597
23 305
108 722
20.6
22.6
24.6
21.9
July
47 591
19 032
15 753
82 376
-21.8
-22.6
-32.4
-24.2
August
46 504
18 515
17 103
82 122
-2.3
-2.7
8.6
-0.3
September
48 763
19 684
16 607
85 054
4.9
6.3
-2.9
3.6
October
45 268
19 348
16 309
80 925
-7.2
-1.7
-1.8
-4.9
November
49 405
20 806
17 131
87 342
9.1
7.5
5.0
7.9
December
51 039
18 555
16 993
86 587
3.3
-10.8
-0.8
-0.9
2011
January
43 539
17 032
13 013
73 584
-14.7
-8.2
-23.4
-15.0
February
45 455
18 916
16 525
80 896
4.4
11.1
27.0
9.9
March
50 228
23 066
20 690
93 984
10.5
21.9
25.2
16.2

- 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

2010
January
25 999
22 757
17 886
5 486
9 068
1 652
844
1 311
85 003
February
26 142
23 153
17 865
5 524
9 267
1 684
849
1 328
85 812
March
26 238
23 491
17 761
5 561
9 404
1 683
852
1 348
86 339
April
26 297
23 715
17 600
5 599
9 500
1 651
858
1 368
86 588
May
26 319
23 770
17 424
5 622
9 568
1 604
865
1 386
86 558
June
26 273
23 650
17 273
5 617
9 625
1 560
872
1 396
86 266
July
26 215
23 414
17 192
5 585
9 675
1 538
871
1 395
85 887
August
26 234
23 188
17 130
5 533
9 697
1 542
866
1 386
85 577
September
26 325
23 038
17 019
5 479
9 655
1 563
859
1 372
85 310
October
26 455
23 005
16 919
5 435
9 561
1 584
853
1 358
85 171
November
26 587
23 055
16 874
5 400
9 453
1 590
848
1 346
85 154
December
26 672
23 143
16 875
5 368
9 357
1 575
842
1 338
85 171
2011
January
26 714
23 219
16 954
5 331
9 283
1 546
837
1 334
85 217
February
26 733
23 281
17 115
5 291
9 229
1 513
831
1 333
85 327
March
26 756
23 334
17 306
5 251
9 185
1 474
824
1 332
85 462

Seasonally Adjusted

2010
January
26 156
22 818
18 409
5 851
9 470
1 716
891
1 299
86 612
February
26 250
22 730
17 755
5 413
9 547
1 668
815
1 326
85 505
March
25 842
24 116
16 996
5 496
9 154
1 732
835
1 349
85 521
April
26 696
25 796
18 020
5 682
11 774
1 650
860
1 376
91 855
May
26 412
23 984
17 825
5 610
10 819
1 603
885
1 413
88 552
June
26 497
23 883
17 266
5 734
9 568
1 552
844
1 372
86 718
July
25 769
23 154
16 718
5 516
9 887
1 495
907
1 394
84 841
August
26 247
23 063
16 766
5 478
9 626
1 465
849
1 381
84 876
September
26 339
22 808
17 467
5 612
9 830
1 646
880
1 405
85 987
October
26 233
23 273
17 178
5 252
9 301
1 549
827
1 381
84 994
November
26 360
22 879
17 168
5 436
9 680
1 625
847
1 276
85 272
December
27 870
23 005
16 725
5 425
9 231
1 649
797
1 331
86 032
2011
January
26 463
23 495
15 724
5 336
9 247
1 540
957
1 366
84 127
February
25 651
23 303
17 281
5 321
9 164
1 442
752
1 342
84 255
March
27 382
23 251
18 431
5 167
9 296
1 457
827
1 330
87 141

Original

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
April
23 616
22 660
16 326
4 944
10 331
1 406
872
1 246
81 401
May
26 531
23 994
18 370
5 798
10 604
1 527
997
1 397
89 218
June
33 240
29 192
22 956
7 109
11 647
1 779
1 133
1 666
108 722
July
25 050
22 499
16 516
5 208
9 572
1 292
881
1 358
82 376
August
25 287
22 312
15 966
5 233
9 753
1 407
819
1 345
82 122
September
26 079
22 511
16 939
5 548
10 121
1 715
785
1 356
85 054
October
24 451
22 847
15 904
4 974
9 244
1 477
717
1 311
80 925
November
27 422
23 491
17 025
5 651
9 738
1 902
809
1 304
87 342
December
27 195
23 873
16 422
5 636
9 238
2 181
714
1 328
86 587
2011
January
23 560
20 323
13 300
4 792
8 289
1 309
772
1 239
73 584
February
25 048
22 446
16 283
5 128
8 686
1 273
680
1 352
80 896
March
29 750
24 808
20 395
5 360
9 718
1 520
995
1 438
93 984

(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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