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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    The New Motor Vehicle Sales (NMVS) collection is a monthly count of the number of new motor vehicles sold, excluding motor cycles. Original data are purchased from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and comprise information provided to them by new motor vehicle dealers. Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of the original series are provided by ABS for the aggregated levels of Passenger Vehicles, Sports Utility Vehicles, Other Vehicles and Total Vehicles.

    The NMVS collection is an economic indicator as sales of new vehicles are regarded as a significant activity in the economy. The main aggregates (including the seasonally adjusted and trend estimated series) may be used for analytical purposes by government policy areas and economic analysts. The data may be used by National Income and Expenditure Section as input to the National Accounts. More detailed data may be obtained from FCAI for industry and market analysis purposes.


    Included are:

    All new motor vehicles (passenger vehicles, trucks etc) reported sold in the reference month as reported by motor vehicle dealers to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

    Excluded are:

    Motor cycles


    Monthly sales of new motor vehicles as supplied to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries from motor vehicle dealers.


    Conceptual framework
    Not applicable.

    Main outputs
    Vehicle type in Passenger Vehicles, Sports Utility Vehicles, Other Vehicles and Total Vehicles.
    State/Territory of purchaser.

    Vehicle type:

    • Passenger Vehicles
    • Sports Utility Vehicles
    • Other Vehicles

    Other concepts (summary)
    Passenger vehicles includes vehicles designed primarily for the carriage of people, such as cars, station wagons and people movers. Also includes four wheel drive passenger vehicles not classified as SUVs.

    Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) includes vehicles designed as off road vehicles with four wheel drive capability, high ground clearance and a wagon body type, seating up to nine people (including the driver). Also includes four by two wagon variants of such vehicles sold in Australia which, if they were four wheel drive, would be eligible for import as off road vehicles. Excludes pick-up and cab chassis style vehicles.

    Other vehicles includes utilities, panel vans, cab chassis, goods carrying vans, rigid trucks, prime movers, non-freight carrying trucks, and buses. Also includes four wheel drive light commercial vehicles not classified as sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

    New South Wales
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Northern Territory

    Comments and/or Other Regions


    Frequency comments

    This is a new collection commencing from January 2002 but containing purchased historic monthly data from January 1994. Data from this collection are offered as a partial replacement for the New Motor Vehicle Registrations collection which formerly provided aggregates of Original, Seasonally Adjusted and Trend data series from January 1960 to December 2001. (NMVS will not include motor cycle and unpowered vehicle data.)

    From the August 2004 reference month, Sports Utility Vehicles were separately identified in the original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. Data on SUVs have been included as a separate category back to January 1994 and available in Sales of New Motor Vehicles (cat. no. 9314). In previous releases of New Motor Vehicle Sales, SUVs were included in the 'Other vehicles' category.


    Data availability comments
    The ABS will publish the Original, Seasonally Adjusted and Trend series of the latest 15 months by vehicle type and State/Territory before the end of the month following the reference month, subject to timely receival of the original monthly data from the supplier, the Federal Chamber of Austomotive Industries ( FCAI).

    Detailed data at levels of Make/Model etc. will be available to users on a cost recovery basis from FCAI.

    28/05/2015 06:33 PM

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