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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (Electronic Publication), Apr 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/05/2006   
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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.

APRIL 2006 KEY POINTS

Trend

The April 2006 trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (80,372) decreased 0.2% compared with the March 2006 estimate. Trend estimates have been declining since March 2005.

The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles decreased 0.2% in April 2006 compared with March 2006 and sports utility vehicles recorded a decrease of 0.4% over the same period. There was no change in the trend estimate for other vehicles.

Trend estimates for passenger vehicles and sports utility vehicles have been in decline for a number of months, with passenger vehicles decreasing since May 2005 and sports utility vehicles since October 2005. The trend estimate for other vehicles has changed very little since January 2006.

Trend estimates have been decreasing for Victoria since September 2005 and for South Australia since November 2005. Northern Territory trend estimates have been increasing since December 2005.

Seasonally adjusted

The April 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (79,734) increased 0.5% compared with the March 2006 estimate.

South Australia and Victoria had the largest increases during this period, increasing 10.1% and 3.4% respectively. Tasmania had the largest decrease of 6.7%.

Over this period, passenger vehicles increased 1.4%, sports utility vehicles decreased 1.1% and other vehicles decreased 0.9%.

New motor vehicles sales, April 2006
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales
Seasonally adjusted
24 203
20 595
17 362
5 335
8 787
1 500
753
1 199
79 734
Trend
24 931
20 515
17 528
5 147
8 674
1 577
781
1 219
80 372


Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally adjusted
-2.2
3.4
-1.5
10.1
2.1
-6.7
-2.0
-1.6
0.5
Trend
-0.0
-0.8
0.1
-0.3
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.3
-0.2

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally adjusted
-7.7
-3.7
-7.4
-1.6
6.5
-9.0
-4.7
1.9
-4.7
Trend
-4.3
-4.4
-4.3
-5.1
7.4
-7.9
-3.3
-3.5
-3.3

(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
May 200622 June 2006
June 200621 July 2006
July 200622 August 2006
August 200621 September 2006
September 200620 October 2006
October 200621 November 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 May 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the April 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.
2The May 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the April 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

2005February
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
April
42 307
11 901
14 442
68 650
-20.5
-25.1
-20.1
-21.2

Seasonally adjusted

2005February
52 567
16 342
16 192
85 101
0.7
2.2
-5.8
-0.3
March
50 087
15 908
15 759
81 754
-4.7
-2.7
-2.7
-3.9
April
51 350
15 249
17 050
83 649
2.5
-4.1
8.2
2.3
May
50 879
14 657
16 635
82 171
-0.9
-3.9
-2.4
-1.8
June
51 157
14 384
16 650
82 191
0.5
-1.9
0.1
0.0
July
50 979
14 740
16 538
82 257
-0.3
2.5
-0.7
0.1
August
51 679
14 788
17 276
83 743
1.4
0.3
4.5
1.8
September
51 553
15 924
17 041
84 518
-0.2
7.7
-1.4
0.9
October
48 617
14 095
16 367
79 079
-5.7
-11.5
-4.0
-6.4
November
50 155
13 892
16 524
80 571
3.2
-1.4
1.0
1.9
December
49 582
15 038
16 752
81 372
-1.1
8.2
1.4
1.0
2006January
51 309
14 778
17 002
83 089
3.5
-1.7
1.5
2.1
February
50 179
14 234
16 733
81 146
-2.2
-3.7
-1.6
-2.3
March
48 573
14 038
16 725
79 336
-3.2
-1.4
-0.0
-2.2
April
49 274
13 880
16 580
79 734
1.4
-1.1
-0.9
0.5

Trend

2005February
51 177
15 678
16 410
83 265
0.4
0.2
0.2
0.3
March
51 236
15 548
16 453
83 237
0.1
-0.8
0.3
-0.0
April
51 263
15 316
16 531
83 110
0.1
-1.5
0.5
-0.2
May
51 251
15 068
16 636
82 955
0.0
-1.6
0.6
-0.2
June
51 198
14 850
16 737
82 785
-0.1
-1.4
0.6
-0.2
July
51 070
14 723
16 813
82 606
-0.3
-0.9
0.5
-0.2
August
50 887
14 705
16 831
82 423
-0.4
-0.1
0.1
-0.2
September
50 635
14 718
16 791
82 144
-0.5
0.1
-0.2
-0.3
October
50 373
14 704
16 754
81 831
-0.5
-0.1
-0.2
-0.4
November
50 179
14 634
16 738
81 551
-0.4
-0.5
-0.1
-0.3
December
50 039
14 528
16 724
81 291
-0.3
-0.7
-0.1
-0.3
2006January
49 927
14 417
16 727
81 071
-0.2
-0.8
0.0
-0.3
February
49 790
14 308
16 738
80 836
-0.3
-0.8
0.1
-0.3
March
49 609
14 177
16 737
80 523
-0.4
-0.9
-0.0
-0.4
April
49 505
14 124
16 743
80 372
-0.2
-0.4
0.0
-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

2005February
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
April
21 171
17 636
14 820
4 619
7 507
1 129
764
1 004
68 650

Seasonally adjusted

2005February
26 933
21 647
18 760
5 666
8 217
1 705
851
1 322
85 101
March
26 256
21 088
17 331
5 362
7 781
1 774
787
1 375
81 754
April
26 210
21 397
18 754
5 422
8 250
1 649
790
1 177
83 649
May
25 297
21 512
18 153
5 423
8 114
1 660
784
1 228
82 171
June
25 048
21 416
18 619
5 247
8 005
1 797
860
1 199
82 191
July
25 360
21 355
18 172
5 186
8 452
1 620
817
1 295
82 257
August
25 967
21 785
18 273
5 257
8 729
1 627
804
1 301
83 743
September
26 015
21 691
18 330
5 313
9 014
2 007
842
1 306
84 518
October
23 609
20 690
17 447
5 225
8 589
1 600
735
1 184
79 079
November
24 436
21 349
17 238
5 304
8 855
1 472
716
1 201
80 571
December
24 793
21 669
17 423
5 250
8 700
1 579
773
1 185
81 372
2006January
25 786
21 437
18 099
5 301
8 787
1 606
817
1 256
83 089
February
25 443
20 983
17 288
5 246
8 534
1 637
795
1 220
81 146
March
24 736
19 926
17 631
4 844
8 605
1 608
768
1 218
79 336
April
24 203
20 595
17 362
5 335
8 787
1 500
753
1 199
79 734

Trend

2005February
26 427
21 581
18 002
5 445
8 011
1 735
778
1 286
83 265
March
26 271
21 513
18 183
5 446
8 032
1 724
793
1 275
83 237
April
26 044
21 465
18 318
5 421
8 079
1 712
808
1 263
83 110
May
25 803
21 453
18 395
5 368
8 159
1 703
819
1 255
82 955
June
25 576
21 451
18 397
5 304
8 284
1 699
822
1 252
82 785
July
25 378
21 452
18 310
5 261
8 441
1 692
817
1 255
82 606
August
25 208
21 458
18 157
5 249
8 610
1 678
805
1 258
82 423
September
25 047
21 451
17 954
5 259
8 736
1 653
790
1 254
82 144
October
24 941
21 431
17 752
5 271
8 794
1 625
777
1 240
81 831
November
24 901
21 374
17 621
5 270
8 789
1 602
769
1 225
81 551
December
24 914
21 260
17 553
5 250
8 740
1 589
770
1 215
81 291
2006January
24 965
21 092
17 530
5 219
8 696
1 583
774
1 212
81 071
February
24 989
20 892
17 524
5 187
8 673
1 579
778
1 214
80 836
March
24 943
20 682
17 511
5 161
8 661
1 572
778
1 215
80 523
April
24 931
20 515
17 528
5 147
8 674
1 577
781
1 219
80 372

(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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