October 4, 2012 / 2:01 AM / 8 years ago

Australia new vehicle sales climb 9 pct in Sept-industry

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Sales of new vehicles in Australia
were up a healthy 9 percent in September, compared to the same
month last year, led by hefty gains in sports utility and
commercial vehicles, industry data showed on Thursday.
    The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
VFACTS report showed total vehicle sales in September were
94,627, compared to 86,819 in the same month last year.
    Sales were up 1.1 percent on August in original terms, while
adjusting for seasonal factors left sales up 3.2 percent for the
month, VFACTS said.
    Sales of sport utility vehicles extended their barnstorming
run with a rise of 20.7 percent on a year earlier. The light
commercial market was also strong with a rise of 10.7 percent
and the heavy truck market enjoyed a jump of 12.4 percent,
pointing to solid business investment.
    For the nine months to September, sales were running at
822,674, up 9.4 percent on the same period last year.
    This was the second month of robust vehicle numbers and a
stark contrast with softness seen in retail sales. It shows
consumers still have the confidence to splash out on big ticket
items even while being cost conscious elsewhere.
    For August alone, Toyota retained first place in
the sales ladder with 18.3 percent of the market. Mazda 
Jumped to second spot with 10.7 percent, while the Holden unit
of General Motors fell back to third at 9.5 percent.
    Hyundai followed with 8.3 percent, trailed by 
Ford at 8.2 percent.
    Details of the VFACTS report in original terms: 
               Sep      Aug    m/m pct   Sep/11  y/y pct     
    Sales     94,627   93,552   +1.1     86,819   +9.0
    Sales by Type:         Sep '12/Sep '11 Volumes        
                            Change    Pct Change          
    Passenger Vehicles      +1,510       +3.2        
    Sports Utility          +4,301      +20.7    
    Light Commercial        +1,693      +10.7 
    Heavy Commercial          +304      +12.4
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