RECORD-SMASHING MONTH

JUNE 2017 was a record-breaking month for new car sales. 134,171 new vehicles were sold in June, 2017, surpassing the previous monthly record of 128,569 (June, 2016). VFACTS attributes this sales spike – a 0.2 per cent increase year-to-date on 2016 – to low interest rates, the Government’s instant asset write-off provisions, and to a highly competitive market. SUVs and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) have driven this growth, with SUV sales up 11.7 per cent and LCV sales up 12.2 per cent when compared to this time last year.

Passenger car sales have dropped 5.9 per cent compared to June 2016.

The Ford Ranger took a stranglehold on the annual 4x4 sales race, extending its lead on the second-place Hilux to 511 units. Isuzu UTE Australia had a stellar month, pushing record numbers of both the D-MAX and MU-X (4x4 and 4x2 units) off the showroom floor. “Both the one-tonne D-MAX ute and seven-seat MU-X SUV achieved individual monthly record sales, with 2388 and 1178 units respectively,” Isuzu UTE Australia said in a statement.