With new car sales dropping wildly in Victoria in July 2020 due to the harsh Stage 4 restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, new car buyers made it clear that they were in no way interested in buying cars. It is now clear that the entire automotive industry is facing continued challenging and difficult conditions, exacerbated by the advent of more and more restrictions thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a rather impressive June 2020, sales remain down across the nation. Nationally, more than 72,505 vehicles were sold during the month, which represents a decrease of 12.8 per cent on July 2019, when sales totalled 83,184.

Evergreen brand Toyota remained Australia’s most popular brand in July, selling 15,508 vehicles for the month. Other brands were quite the distance behind with Mazda (7806 sales), Mitsubishi (4684), Hyundai (4634) and Kia (4625 sales) all trailing the Japanese giant.

Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) remain the most popular class of vehicle in Australia. They now account for 50.4 per cent of all vehicles sold. Our recently reviewed Toyota RAV4 took the top podium position as Australia’s best selling car in July 2020. The RAV4’s incredibly strong sales result stems from improvements in supply of the popular SUV which had waiting lists of up to 10 months.

It was also worth noting that light commercial vehicles represented 20.5 per cent of the market, due in part to the government’s focus on the Instant Asset Write-off to stimulate purchases of commercial vehicles for businesses both large and small.

Top 10 brands for the year to date:
Toyota – 113,237 sales,
Mazda – 46,653 sales,
Hyundai – 35,421 sales,
Mitsubishi – 33,470 sales,
Ford – 32,224 sales,
Kia – 31,083 sales,
Volkswagen – 23,305 sales,
Nissan – 21,599 sales,
Honda – 18,728 sales,
Subaru – 17,821 sales.

Top 10 vehicles for the month:
Toyota RAV4 – 4309 sales,
Ford Ranger – 3104 sales,
Toyota HiLux – 2947 sales,
Toyota Corolla – 2192 sales,
Hyundai i30 – 1745 sales,
Mazda CX-5 – 1727 sales,
Mitsubishi Triton – 1593 sales,
Mazda CX-3 – 1355 sales,
Toyota Camry – 1281 sales,
Mazda3 – 1224 sales.

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