Australia’s biggest-selling cars, and the best months to buy them

Angus Kidman 7 January 2016

Toyota

Toyota dominates, and we're increasingly obsessed with SUVs.

Australians purchased 1,155,408 new cars in 2015, the biggest sales year on record.

Figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that new car sales were up 3.8% on 2014, when 1,113,224 vehicles were sold. The biggest-selling months were June (125,850 vehicles), driven by end-of-financial-year sales, and September (101,392). We're a lot less keen on buying a new car in January, which saw the lowest numbers (82,116 vehicles).

Here are the full sales figures across the year.

MonthNew car sales
January82,116
February90,424
March105,054
April81,656
May93,327
June125,850
July92,308
August90,705
September101,392
October94,321
November98,639
December99,616
TOTAL1,155,408

While the June sales can be tempting, buying in a slow month such as January or April can work to your advantage, since it's harder for dealers to reach their sales targets so they may be willing to offer you a better price. You can compare low-interest car loans to find a better deal.

Aussies still prefer passenger cars, which account for 44.6% of new vehicle sales. SUVs are 35.4% of the market, up from 31.7% the previous year, while light commercial vehicles (that's utes in everyday parlance) account for 17.2%. If you don't have the budget for a new car, then look at loans for used vehicles.

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