Toyota was again Australia’s most popular motor vehicle manufacturer last year, but Holden and Ford seem to be losing their appeal now they are no longer being made Down Under.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Motor Vehicle Census showed the number of registered motor vehicles on Australia’s roads increased by 1.7 per cent over the year to January to 19.5 million.
“While the total number of vehicles grew over the last year, it was a much smaller increase than the 2.1 per cent annual growth we have seen since 2015,” said Lauren Binns, Director of ABS Transport Statistics.
The number of Toyota vehicles grew 1.6 per cent to 2.94 million, compared to second-placed Holden’s 1.67 million.
Holden’s representation fell 5.8 per cent, while Ford’s dropped 5.9 per cent to 1.14 million, giving Mazda the opportunity to leapfrog the American-owned company into third place with 1.27 million vehicles.
The number of Fords and Holdens have dropped 16.1 and 23.6 per cent respectively since 2014, about the time both companies announced they would stop manufacturing cars in Australia.
South Korea’s Kia posted 12 per cent growth for a second straight year to cement its hold on the No.11 slot, but Volkswagen-owned Skoda was the biggest grower in the top 30 most popular brands with a 16.8 per cent increase.
The total number of passenger vehicle registrations dropped slightly from 580 to 578 per 1,000 people following tiny falls in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA and the NT, but registrations of all motor vehicles rose from 776 to 777 per 1,000.
Tasmania remained out in front as the jurisdiction most enamoured with motor vehicles, with 931 per 1,000 people, while the NT was last with 654.