New vehicle sales slip back in October
Supply issues continue to cause problems for Australia's vehicle industry with sales falling by more than eight per cent last month.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said 74,650 new cars and trucks were retailed in October, down from 81,220 in the same month last year.
That left demand over the first 10 months of 2021 at 890,790, a rise of almost 23 per cent compared to the same period last year after sales in 2020 were hit especially hard by coronavirus shutdowns.
The chamber said the fall last month was largely the result of microprocessor shortages and its impact on international vehicle manufacturing.
FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said it was clear car producers were still having challenges with supply chains.
"Automotive manufacturers, like all those in the global manufacturing sector, are dealing with a microprocessor shortage which is leading to longer wait times to get products to market," Mr Weber said.
"Australians are continuing to purchase vehicles and car makers are working to deliver products to our shores."
But while sales were down overall, Mr Weber said demand for electric cars continued to improve, with a 10 per cent jump in October and a 66 per cent rise on a year-to-date basis.
He said this followed more state and territory incentives for EVs coming online throughout the country.
"We have seen Victoria and NSW release comprehensive legislation to support electric vehicles which was followed just last week by South Australia," Mr Weber said.
"All of these jurisdictions worked proactively with industry to provide infrastructure investment and consumer incentives.
"We look forward to working with governments at all levels to form nationally consistent policies which will make electric vehicles more accessible to the Australian motorist."
Toyota was the market leader in October with 15,395 vehicles, followed by Hyundai with 6115 and Ford with 5462.
The Ford Ranger was the highest-selling model with 4135, ahead of the Toyota Hi-Lux on 3961 and the Toyota Landcruiser on 2031.
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