Sales of new cars and trucks in Australia have topped one million with demand jumping by more than 14 per cent last year.
Revealing its sales for 2021, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said 1,049,831 vehicles were sold last year – a 14.5 per cent improvement on the previous year.
The jump came despite ongoing supply and other issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage of microprocessors, and shipping delays.
“Despite the pandemic restricting access to showrooms in 2021, Australian consumers found ways to purchase new vehicles and did so in solid numbers,” FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said.
“The global shortage of microprocessors, compounded by the pandemic, had an impact on the number of cars sold throughout Australia.
“Automotive manufacturers are continuing to work to strengthen supply chains in 2022.”
Toyota was again the market-leading brand last year with 223,642 sales, ahead of Mazda on 101,119 and Hyundai on 72,872.
It was the 19th year in a row the Japanese brand had taken the title.
Toyota also had four of the top five selling vehicles with its HiLux range leading the way, ahead of the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Rav4, the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Landcruiser.