Australia new vehicle sales turn flat in Aug-industry

Tue Sep 3, 2013 9:59pm EDT

SYDNEY, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Sales of new vehicles in
Australia were little changed in August compared to the same
month of last year, though sales were up on July, industry data
showed on Wednesday.
    The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
VFACTS report said total vehicle sales in August were 93,336,
compared to 93,552 last year and 90,235 in July. Adjusting for
seasonal factors, sales were up 2.9 percent on July.
    Sales for the first eight months of 2013 were running 4.0
percent ahead of the same period last year, while annualised
sales were steady at 1.135 million.
    Demand for sports utility vehicles remained brisk with sales
4.3 percent higher than in August last year, while sales of
passenger cars increased by 3.5 percent. The light commercial
market pulled back by 15.3 percent after strong gains earlier in
the year, and sales of heavy trucks fell 8 percent.
    For August alone, Toyota retained first place on
the sales ladder with 19.0 percent of the market. The local
Holden unit of General Motors took second spot with an
improved take of 11.4 percent, while Mazda increased
its share to 10.5 percent.
    Hyundai held 8.4 percent of the market with Ford
 trailing badly at 6.7 percent.
    
    Details of the VFACTS report in original terms:
               Aug      Jul    m/m pct   Aug/12  y/y pct     
    Sales     93,336   90,235   +3.4     93,552   -0.2 


    Sales by Type:         Aug '13/Aug '12 Volumes        
                            Change    Pct Change          
    Passenger Vehicles      +1,613       +3.5        
    Sports Utility          +1,134       +4.3    
    Light Commercial        -2,747      -15.3 
    Heavy Commercial          -216       -8.0
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