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June 6, 2022

Supply constraints continue to restrict Australia sales

Demand for new vehicles continued to outstrip supply.

By Graeme Roberts

The FCAI said 94,383 vehicles were sold in Australia in May, bringing the year to date total to 437,884. This was down 6.4% on May 2021.

Chief executive Tony Weber said global supply chains struggling to recover from pandemic impacts meant demand for new vehicles in Australia continued to outstrip supply.

“The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor units and shipping delays. This issue is not unique to Australia.

“Car makers continue to report high demand across dealer showrooms and online marketplaces. Pandemic interruptions continue to impact manufacturing and conflict in Ukraine has disrupted vehicle component supply. Monthly sales figures are also dependent on shipping arrivals which continue to be uncertain. We do not expect supply chains to stabilise until these issues are resolved.”

Toyota led the market with 22,813 vehicles sold. Kia was next with 7,307 followed by Hyundai (7,063), Mazda (6,474) and Mitsubishi (6,086).

The Toyota Hilux was the highest selling model with 5,178. Toyota’s RAV4 was next with 3,925 followed by Ford’s Ranger (3,751); Toyota’s Corolla (3,310); and Toyota’s Landcruiser (2,667).

Toyota was market leader in May, followed by Kia and Hyundai. Toyota led Kia with a margin of 15,506 vehicle sales and 16.5 market share points.

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