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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (Electronic Publication), Mar 2006  
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The Publication

This publication presents monthly information on sales of new motor vehicles in each state/territory in original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimated terms. The original data are sourced from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Sales data are available for passenger vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), other vehicles and total vehicles at the state/territory and national levels.

A small number of vehicles sales previously unreported for the month of February 2006 have now been included in this publication as part of March 2006 data. These vehicles are included in the 'other vehicle' type and have minimal impact on the data.

MARCH 2006 KEY POINTS

Trend

The March 2006 trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (80,893) decreased 0.2% compared with the February 2006 estimate. Trend estimates have been declining since March 2005.

The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles decreased 0.2% in March 2006 compared with February 2006. Sports utility vehicles recorded a decrease of 0.6% over the same period, while there was a 0.3% increase in the trend estimate for other vehicles.

There was little change across states and territories in the trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles in March 2006 compared with February 2006. The largest variations were for South Australia which decreased 1.3% and Victoria which decreased 1.0%.

Trend estimates have been in decline for a number of months, with the exception of the 'other vehicles' type. Passenger vehicles have been decreasing since June 2005 and sports utility vehicles since October 2005.

The trend estimate in total sales of new motor vehicles for Victoria has been decreasing since September 2005 and Western Australia since November 2005.

Seasonally adjusted

The March 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (79,634) decreased 2.0% compared with the February 2006 estimate.

The states contributing most to this decrease were South Australia and Victoria, decreasing 7.1% and 5.1% respectively.

Over this period, the vehicle type with the largest decrease was passenger vehicles which decreased 3.1%. Sports utility vehicles decreased 0.9% and other vehicles increased 0.3%.

Sales of new motor vehicles, March 2006
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales
Seasonally adjusted
24 967
19 923
17 716
4 836
8 561
1 624
776
1 231
79 634
Trend
25 333
20 697
17 595
5 067
8 583
1 604
790
1 224
80 893


Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally adjusted
-2.2
-5.1
2.3
-7.1
0.4
-1.4
-3.0
0.7
-2.0
Trend
0.6
-1.0
0.1
-1.3
-0.6
0.3
0.6
0.4
-0.2

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally adjusted
-5.3
-5.5
1.6
-10.1
10.4
-8.9
-2.0
-10.7
-2.8
Trend
-3.5
-3.8
-3.2
-7.0
6.9
-6.6
-0.5
-3.7
-2.8

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUERELEASE DATE
April 200622 May 2006
May 200622 June 2006
June 200621 July 2006
July 200622 August 2006
August 200621 September 2006
September 200620 October 2006
TREND REVISIONS

Trend estimates are likely to be revised when new seasonally adjusted estimates become available. For further information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 11 and 12.

The graph below presents the effect of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimates.

1The April 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the March 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.
2The April 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the March 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.

The percentage change of 3.6% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 3.6%.

Graph: Trend revisions


SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales(a), Total Vehicles-LongTerm

Graph: New Motor vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles-Short Term


Table 1: New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

Passenger vehicles (No.)
Sports utility vehicles (No.)
Other vehicles (No.)
Total vehicles (No.)
Change passenger vehicles (%)
Change sports utility vehicles (%)
Change other vehicles (%)
Change total vehicles (%)

Original

2005January
43 075
13 877
12 761
69 713
-11.5
-3.0
-20.2
-11.7
February
50 640
15 526
14 975
81 141
17.6
11.9
17.3
16.4
March
53 282
17 454
15 902
86 638
5.2
12.4
6.2
6.8
April
46 651
13 812
16 024
76 487
-12.4
-20.9
0.8
-11.7
May
50 463
15 430
18 061
83 954
8.2
11.7
12.7
9.8
June
60 781
18 317
23 047
102 145
20.4
18.7
27.6
21.7
July
49 016
13 822
15 803
78 641
-19.4
-24.5
-31.4
-23.0
August
53 648
15 173
17 356
86 177
9.4
9.8
9.8
9.6
September
52 118
15 080
17 242
84 440
-2.9
-0.6
-0.7
-2.0
October
48 434
12 503
15 181
76 118
-7.1
-17.1
-12.0
-9.9
November
52 751
14 252
16 535
83 538
8.9
14.0
8.9
9.7
December
47 945
15 046
16 286
79 277
-9.1
5.6
-1.5
-5.1
2006January
43 761
13 251
12 991
70 003
-8.7
-11.9
-20.2
-11.7
February
48 483
13 506
15 457
77 446
10.8
1.9
19.0
10.6
March
53 188
15 896
18 072
87 156
9.7
17.7
16.9
12.5

Seasonally adjusted

2005January
52 214
15 957
17 189
85 360
7.3
14.6
6.4
8.4
February
52 598
16 367
16 226
85 191
0.7
2.6
-5.6
-0.2
March
50 173
15 999
15 795
81 967
-4.6
-2.2
-2.7
-3.8
April
51 227
15 083
16 944
83 254
2.1
-5.7
7.3
1.6
May
50 858
14 654
16 632
82 144
-0.7
-2.8
-1.8
-1.3
June
51 147
14 375
16 651
82 173
0.6
-1.9
0.1
0.0
July
50 942
14 750
16 517
82 209
-0.4
2.6
-0.8
0.0
August
51 656
14 796
17 266
83 718
1.4
0.3
4.5
1.8
September
51 568
15 954
17 069
84 591
-0.2
7.8
-1.1
1.0
October
48 634
14 044
16 336
79 014
-5.7
-12.0
-4.3
-6.6
November
50 138
13 954
16 525
80 617
3.1
-0.6
1.2
2.0
December
49 636
15 044
16 768
81 448
-1.0
7.8
1.5
1.0
2006January
51 354
14 794
17 027
83 175
3.5
-1.7
1.5
2.1
February
50 216
14 259
16 774
81 249
-2.2
-3.6
-1.5
-2.3
March
48 677
14 136
16 821
79 634
-3.1
-0.9
0.3
-2.0

Trend

2005January
51 006
15 661
16 388
83 055
0.7
0.8
0.3
0.7
February
51 188
15 677
16 419
83 284
0.4
0.1
0.2
0.3
March
51 233
15 534
16 448
83 215
0.1
-0.9
0.2
-0.1
April
51 244
15 295
16 517
83 056
0.0
-1.5
0.4
-0.2
May
51 224
15 047
16 617
82 888
-0.0
-1.6
0.6
-0.2
June
51 167
14 833
16 719
82 719
-0.1
-1.4
0.6
-0.2
July
51 045
14 715
16 800
82 560
-0.2
-0.8
0.5
-0.2
August
50 871
14 709
16 823
82 403
-0.3
-0.0
0.1
-0.2
September
50 630
14 727
16 786
82 143
-0.5
0.1
-0.2
-0.3
October
50 377
14 707
16 749
81 833
-0.5
-0.1
-0.2
-0.4
November
50 194
14 631
16 735
81 560
-0.4
-0.5
-0.1
-0.3
December
50 069
14 540
16 739
81 348
-0.2
-0.6
0.0
-0.3
2006January
49 974
14 462
16 766
81 202
-0.2
-0.5
0.2
-0.2
February
49 850
14 392
16 798
81 040
-0.2
-0.5
0.2
-0.2
March
49 742
14 299
16 852
80 893
-0.2
-0.6
0.3
-0.2

Table 2: New motor vehicle sales by state/territory of registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)

Original

2005January
22 494
18 063
14 574
4 475
6 950
1 479
560
1 118
69 713
February
25 772
20 642
17 868
5 494
7 894
1 432
777
1 262
81 141
March
27 528
22 031
19 171
5 471
8 633
1 574
889
1 341
86 638
April
24 354
19 557
16 831
5 048
7 339
1 375
859
1 124
76 487
May
26 248
21 964
18 285
5 549
8 080
1 641
913
1 274
83 954
June
30 745
25 493
24 656
6 586
10 013
2 052
1 185
1 415
102 145
July
24 998
20 025
17 631
4 813
7 727
1 438
767
1 242
78 641
August
26 292
22 550
19 330
5 458
8 714
1 689
751
1 393
86 177
September
25 457
22 044
18 344
5 243
9 125
2 151
793
1 283
84 440
October
22 949
20 289
16 026
5 030
8 349
1 655
659
1 161
76 118
November
25 716
22 428
17 181
5 500
9 107
1 667
690
1 249
83 538
December
23 054
22 110
16 208
5 335
8 664
2 080
690
1 136
79 277
2006January
21 995
17 876
15 107
4 380
7 604
1 295
616
1 130
70 003
February
24 495
19 979
16 452
5 085
8 165
1 373
731
1 166
77 446
March
27 165
21 461
19 833
5 195
9 750
1 540
913
1 299
87 156

Seasonally adjusted

2005January
27 167
22 483
17 957
5 579
8 286
1 845
752
1 291
85 360
February
27 022
21 658
18 785
5 625
8 207
1 713
855
1 326
85 191
March
26 353
21 089
17 433
5 381
7 758
1 782
792
1 379
81 967
April
26 026
21 375
18 573
5 456
8 284
1 595
785
1 160
83 254
May
25 296
21 514
18 142
5 422
8 103
1 662
785
1 220
82 144
June
25 028
21 392
18 645
5 241
8 007
1 804
858
1 198
82 173
July
25 357
21 344
18 151
5 192
8 442
1 614
816
1 293
82 209
August
25 971
21 797
18 239
5 247
8 727
1 627
806
1 304
83 718
September
26 057
21 695
18 349
5 305
9 014
2 019
839
1 313
84 591
October
23 508
20 701
17 437
5 242
8 602
1 607
732
1 185
79 014
November
24 469
21 344
17 243
5 314
8 865
1 464
714
1 204
80 617
December
24 808
21 681
17 448
5 247
8 716
1 583
774
1 191
81 448
2006January
25 808
21 466
18 123
5 296
8 792
1 617
819
1 254
83 175
February
25 538
20 993
17 317
5 206
8 525
1 647
800
1 223
81 249
March
24 967
19 923
17 716
4 836
8 561
1 624
776
1 231
79 634

Trend

2005January
26 427
21 620
17 797
5 420
7 997
1 742
765
1 287
83 055
February
26 441
21 583
18 008
5 442
8 012
1 734
779
1 285
83 284
March
26 265
21 511
18 176
5 449
8 031
1 718
794
1 271
83 215
April
26 025
21 457
18 300
5 427
8 078
1 702
809
1 258
83 056
May
25 779
21 444
18 371
5 374
8 157
1 694
819
1 250
82 888
June
25 553
21 442
18 372
5 308
8 281
1 692
821
1 250
82 719
July
25 360
21 445
18 291
5 263
8 440
1 691
816
1 254
82 560
August
25 195
21 457
18 147
5 250
8 610
1 681
803
1 260
82 403
September
25 035
21 455
17 951
5 262
8 739
1 655
789
1 257
82 143
October
24 920
21 434
17 755
5 277
8 800
1 628
775
1 244
81 833
November
24 876
21 379
17 630
5 280
8 795
1 604
769
1 227
81 560
December
24 927
21 269
17 573
5 251
8 745
1 594
771
1 218
81 348
2006January
25 056
21 107
17 562
5 200
8 690
1 594
777
1 216
81 202
February
25 193
20 900
17 571
5 136
8 636
1 600
785
1 219
81 040
March
25 333
20 697
17 595
5 067
8 583
1 604
790
1 224
80 893

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

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