We’re halfway through the year already and 2018 is shaping up nicely for WA new car dealers.
Federal Chamber of Austomtive Industries’ sales figures have been released for June and not only are WA sales up on the same time as last year – they’ve grown more than any other state.
So far this year, 50,180 new vehicles have found homes in WA, marking a 4.1 per cent rise on the same time last year.
It comes in ahead of Tasmania (4.0 per cent rise), Victoria (3.4) and Queensland (2.7).
June is traditionally the biggest selling month thanks to end of financial year deals to be had and while this year’s 130,300 national sales were down 2.9 per cent on last June, the national market as a whole is up on last year.
With 605,522 sales so far, it’s on pace to topple last year’s mark of 1,189,116 mark and once again set a new record.
New South Wales (-2.7 per cent) and the Northern Territory (-0.7) are the only states down on last year.
On the WA front, nearly all major segments are up on last year: SUVs have improved 9.8 per cent, light commercials are 7.6 per cent better off and heavy commercials have grown 10.5 per cent.
Passenger cars are down 6.3 per cent.
Digging deeper, compact SUVs have risen a hefty 25.7 per cent compared to last year, while medium SUVs (up 9.2 per cent) are within striking distance of knocking off 4×4 utes as the state’s most popular type of vehicle (8857 sales vs 8992).
Micro cars are up 53.8 per cent from a low base, mainly due to buyers taking a liking to the Kia Picanto, which makes up 68.5 per cent of the segment’s sales.
Speaking of Kia, it’s one of the biggest winners in WA at the halfway mark, with sales up 36 per cent thanks to the Cerato, Rio and Sportage also enjoying solid growth.
The other major mainstream winner is Honda, thanks chiefly to the new CR-V being a winner in the uber popular medium SUV segment. Sales have grown from 192 last year to 737 in 2018 – a 283.9 per cent surge.
But Toyota’s dominance shows no signs of abating, with the longtime sales leader’s figures up 14.4 per cent on last year thanks to solid returns from the Hilux, RAV4, Kluger and LandCruiser.
Nearly one in four new car sold in WA so far this year – 23.6 per cent – is a Toyota, miles ahead of second place Hyundai (9.1).
Elsewhere, the Triton has helped Mitsubishi grow 11.5 per cent overall, while Skoda (19.2) and Volvo (27.5) are also trending in the right direction from fairly low bases.
On the other hand, Holden continues to struggle, with sales down 23.2 per cent. Sales of all models are down on last year and the brand will hoping things turn around now it has refreshed its line-up and will be hoping for big things from the Equinox medium SUV and upcoming Acadia seven-seater.
Ford is also down on last year, by 12.4 per cent, with the Ranger propping things up by accounting for nearly 61 per cent of the brand’s overall sales in WA this year.
Luxury brands are also feeling the pinch. Mercedes-Benz is down 10.9 per cent, but Audi will be more concerned thanks to a 21.7 per cent drop on last year.
Jaguar has copped a 41.7 per cent drop, with the XE and F-Pace not bringing in the same buyers as last year.
However, BMW bucked the luxury trend with sales up 7.2 per cent, thanks namely to the new X2 and X3 SUVs.