Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4 gross sales dive however Isuzu D-Max and Mazda CX-5 soar as international provide points make issues worse for Australian new-car market – Automotive Information

The worldwide components scarcity and provide chain nightmares which are affecting nearly all automakers is beginning to severely affect new-vehicle registrations in Australia.

Final month general gross sales slid by 12.2 per cent – or simply over 11,000 items – in comparison with April final yr, persevering with a worrying development for native importers.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief government Tony Weber stated the gross sales drop isn’t an indication of an absence of demand for brand spanking new automobiles, moderately a mirrored image of a wider international development.

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“Automotive producers proceed to undergo from a scarcity of microprocessor items which is impacting their potential to ramp up manufacturing to pre-pandemic ranges,” he stated. 

“Covid- 19 continues to affect manufacturing and provide, notably the place factories have been compelled to shut and transport operations are but to completely get better. That is being mirrored within the prolonged supply instances for brand spanking new automobiles.”

Gross sales in each state and territory had been down on April 2021 figures, whereas passenger automotive (-14.5 per cent), SUV (-13.8%) and light-commercial automobile (-9.6%) registrations all went backwards.

Double-digit gross sales declines might be present in a number of the largest market segments, like small SUVS (-22.5%), gentle SUVs (-29.4%) and 4×4 pick-ups (-12.0%).

Even a Goliath like Toyota wasn’t spared final month, with its 17,956-unit haul representing a drop of 11.1 per cent over final April.

However the HiLux was prime canine on the mannequin charts, recording a 6.4 per cent enhance for 4493 gross sales. It was the top-selling of 4 Toyota fashions within the prime ten, with the RAV4 (3373, -25.1%) nabbing third, the Corolla small automotive (2202, +6.2%) touchdown in seventh and the LandCruiser (1665, -47.6%) cruising into tenth regardless of a giant slide.

Mazda held onto second place regardless that it fell by 26.6 per cent to 7378 gross sales. Curiosity within the lately refreshed CX-5 ensured the SUV had a robust April with gross sales up by 14.8 per cent to 2701 items for a fourth inserting within the fashions listing.

Mitsubishi continued to show that it’s a critical menace on the subject of gross sales in 2022, holding its third inserting for final month, regardless of a 14.0 per cent drop off to 6463. The Triton was sixth general for gross sales (2357, -4.1%). 

If Mitsubishi retains up this momentum, it might effectively finish 2022 with a podium end – effectively forward of its sixth inserting in 2021.

Kia (6180, +8.3%) was one in every of few top-10 manufacturers to extend its market share final month, making certain it outpaced sister model Hyundai (5552, -3.8%). The 2 Korean manufacturers have swapped locations a few instances already this yr, making for an attention-grabbing gross sales battle.

It was an attention-grabbing story exterior the highest 5 manufacturers, the place Ford (4974, -30.4%) landed in sixth after a continued decline for the Ranger ute (3581, -28.7%) that’s in runout forward of the new-gen mannequin arriving mid-year. 

MG (4773, +58.7) continued its meteoric development, because of a stable exhibiting from the ZS SUV (1923, +42.4%)  in ninth place general. 

Enormous numbers for the Isuzu D-Max ute (2374, +18.8%) which landed in fifth general ensured Isuzu (3032, +6.4%) adopted MG, which is a robust outcome for a model with simply two mannequin strains.

Premium marque Mercedes-Benz (2307, +7.3%) muscled its means into the highest 10, touchdown in ninth, thanks to an enormous spike in gross sales for various fashions, together with the new-generation C-Class (477, +65.1%) and CLA (129, +437.5%) sedans.

Nissan (2050, -41.4%) rounded out the highest 10 with a giant drop in gross sales largely on account of the truth that all Qashqai inventory has dried up forward of the second half launch of the new-gen mannequin. 

Hottest fashions of April 2022

Rating Model Gross sales Variance%
1 Toyota 17,956 -11.1
2 Mazda 7378 -26.6
3 Mitsubishi 6463 -14.0
4 Kia 6180 +8.3
5 Hyundai 5552 -3.8
6 Ford 4974 -30.4
7 MG 4773 +58.7
8 Isuzu Ute 3032 +6.4
9 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles 2307 +7.3
10 Nissan 2050 -41.4

Hottest fashions if April 2022

Rating Mannequin Gross sales Variance%
1 Toyota HiLux 4493 +6.4
2 Ford Ranger 3581 -28.7
3 Toyota RAV4 3373 -25.1
4 Mazda CX-5 2701 +14.8
5 Isuzu D-Max  2374 +18.8
6 Mitsubishi Triton 2357 -4.1
7 Toyota Corolla     2202 +6.2
8 Hyundai i30 2071 +3.3
9 MG ZS     1923 +42.4
10 Toyota LandCruiser 1665 -47.6