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Sales of new motor vehicles rose from 616,256 in 1994, peaked at 807,669 in 1998, and subsequently declined to 772,681 in 2001. The sales decline was in the passenger vehicle category (excluding: motorcycles and four-wheel drive passenger vehicles) where sales in 2001 were 54,908 vehicles below the 1998 record high, an overall fall of 9.4%. In contrast, new sales of 'other' vehicles, (including: four-wheel drive passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, all terrain vehicles, and pick-up/cab chassis vehicles), reached a level in 2001 that was 19,920 vehicles above the level in 1998, a rise of 8.9%. The higher rate of sales growth for 'other' vehicles has led to their share of total sales rising from 25% in 1994, to 28% in 1998 and 31% in 2001.
Statistics on sales of new motor vehicles are based on the VFACTS series produced by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). VFACTS reports the numbers of new motor vehicle sales by dealers and direct sales by manufacturers throughout Australia.
These statistics replace the New Motor Vehicle Registrations (NMVR) collection. The NMVR collection provided a proxy for vehicle sales and were mainly used as an indicator of general economic activity. From the early 1990's FCAI established the VFACTS collection, an alternative data source that directly measures sales of new vehicles. While the sources of the NMVR and VFACTS collections are quite different, they each produced outputs which are largely comparable and which have tracked closely for some time. Given this duplication, the ABS ceased its NMVR collection after the release of statistics relating to the month of December 2001.
A significant part of consumer spending is the purchase of new motor vehicles. Therefore, changes in new motor vehicle sales provide an indication of changes in consumer spending.
Commonwealth and State Government Treasury offices and other policy departments use sales statistics for economic planning. The statistics are also used by motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors for market research and by financial institutions in setting lending policies.
Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (9309.0)
Contains counts of all motor vehicles registered in Australia, by data items such as body type, make and year of manufacture.
Sales of New Motor Vehicle Registrations, Australia (9314.0)
Contains monthly sales in each State and Territory of new passenger vehicles and other vehicles.
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia (9208.0)
Contains statistics on motor vehicle usage during a 12 month reference period.