Aussie car buyers have voted with their wallets as they drive sales of two vehicles head and shoulders above the rest. See the full list.
The Australian new car market nosedived in November.
A global shortage of semiconductors, which are a vital component in cars, has led to a supply crunch on new cars.
A total of 80,639 new vehicles were sold in November, about 15,000 less than the same month in 2020.
Tony Weber, the head of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, said the industry was facing a challenging time but demand remained strong despite the constricted supply.
“Car makers are competing with many other sectors, such as white goods manufacturers, for microprocessors across the globe. Some new vehicles sold in the Australian market can require up to 3000 of these parts, so this shortage is definitely being felt by the industry,” said Mr Weber.
“Challenges aside, we are less than 29,000 vehicles away from 1 million new cars being put into the hands of Australian motorists in 2021.”
Toyota took the biggest hit from the shortage with about 8000 fewer sales this November compared to last.
The Japanese giant has been forced to halt production at its factories, affecting popular models such as the HiLux ute, RAV4 SUV and LandCruiser four-wheel drive.
Some Toyota vehicles have nine-month waiting lists.
Mazda, too, experienced a big sales slide, moving about 3700 less new cars.
Despite its woes, Toyota still had three of the top five selling vehicles in the country in November.
The Ranger was followed by the Toyota HiLux (4228), Hyundai i30 (2254), Toyota Corolla (2104) and the Toyota RAV4 (1820).
Mitsubishi and MG were two of the few mainstream brands to post positive results.
Strong sales of the Mitsubishi ASX (1625) and the new Outlander (1633) helped drive the Japanese brand’s sales up by more than four per cent in November.
MG is the real standout. Its sales skyrocketed by more than 85 per cent in November and are up about 170 per cent on the year.
Sales of the MG3 small hatchback and ZS compact SUV have driven the Chinese brand’s growth.
More than 560 electric cars found a home in November, which is a jump of more than 200 per cent.
These figures would be even higher but Tesla does not report its local sales figures publicly.
Hatchbacks and sedans continue to lose favour as Australian drivers rush into SUVs and light commercial vehicles such as utes.
TOP 10 SELLING CARS IN NOVEMBER
Ford Ranger - 4429
Toyota HiLux - 4228
Hyundai i30 - 2254
Toyota Corolla - 2104
Toyota RAV4 - 1820
Nissan Navara - 1792
Mitsubishi Outlander - 1633
Mitsubishi ASX - 1625
MG ZS - 1576
Hyundai Tucson - 1541
TOP 10 SELLING BRANDS IN NOVEMBER
Toyota - 15,239
Hyundai - 6854
Ford - 6215
Mitsubishi - 5720
Mazda - 5295
Kia - 4915
MG - 3743
Nissan - 3509
Volkswagen - 3098
Subaru - 2712