Sales of new motor vehicles in Australia in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% year on year to 101,392 units. Year to date volume rose 3.6% to 862,832. 

Chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Tony Weber, said: "The continued growth in the market indicates support for wider data that suggests vehicle affordability is at an all-time high. The phenomenal growth in the sales of SUVs also indicates the trend towards these vehicles has continued."

Sales of small, medium and large SUVs grew 24.8%, 27.2% and 20% respectively in September 2015 compared to September 2014 and year to date sales were also up 30%, 14.9% and 7.4%. Passenger vehicles were up by 2% last month.

Toyota maintained overall market leadership with 16.4% of the market, followed by Mazda (10.7%), Holden (9.2%), Hyundai (9.2%) and Mitsubishi (6.8%).

Despite the continued strong growth in demand for SUVs, the four top selling vehicles were passenger models with the Hyundai i30 taking the top spot with sales of 4,490, followed by the Mazda 3 (3,588), Toyota Corolla (3,530), Toyota Camry (2,522) and Ford Ranger truck (2,471).