The good news continues for WA new car dealers, with May sales figures continuing the positive trend of previous months.
WA sales are up 5.4 per cent for the year, well ahead of the national market’s 2.1 per cent rise and second only to the ACT.
May sales were down 2.1 per cent nationally but WA was up a healthy 4.0 per cent.
As has been the case for a while, the heavy sector leads the way with a 19.2 per cent gain so far this year, with SUVs (10.5 per cent) and light commercials (9.8 per cent) also posting strong growth.
SUVs now make up 44.4 per cent of all new cars sold in WA, with every segment growing this year, led by small SUVs with 22.5 per cent.
Light commercial 4x4s are the biggest sellers in WA, however, with 7095 sales this year only just pipping medium SUVs (7078).
The traditional sales leader — small cars — has been relegated to third spot with 6405 units moved.
As always, the Toyota HiLux is our most popular model with 2555 sales, well clear of its Ford Ranger nemesis (1603).
Passenger cars continue to slide with a 5.3 per cent drop year-to-date, but the micro category has jumped 38.9 per cent this year on the back of solid Kia Picanto sales.
In fact, light cars (6.2 per cent) and small cars (1.7) also rose, though buyers continue to abandon medium and large cars en masse — they are down 24.2 and 30.2 per cent respectively.
It’s a similar story around the country.
Heavy commercials are up 20.3 per cent for the year to date, ahead of SUVs (11.1) and light commercials (4.2), with passenger car sales down 9.4 per cent.
Unlike WA, small cars continue to be the biggest sellers, with 85,668 finding a home, neck and neck with medium SUVs (85,406), while 4×4 utes came third (67,960).