As we start getting used to saying 2022 instead of 2021, looking back on the year that was offers us fresh insights. Car sales sky-rocketed across the country in 2021, with a total of 1,049,831 new vehicles sold, representing an increase of 14.5 percent when compared to 2020, according to VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
The figures represent strong growth in the automotive industry, especially given the ups and downs that have occurred due to the Covid pandemic. Perhaps these trying times, in a sense, contributed to the surge, with SUV sales doing particularly well and suggesting that Australians are perhaps coming to terms with a different-looking future. SUV sales accounted for more than half of all sales for the first time in 2021.
Toyotas led the charge in the SUV space, with 21,299 sales of Toyota Prado in the large SUV segment and 35,751 sales of Toyota RAV4 in the medium-sized division. Mazda led the way with 12,873 sales in the light SUV space, while the MG’s ZS model led sales in the small SUV segment with a total 18,423 cars sold.
The SUV sector is an important one for Australians, offering drivers the ease and flexibility to drive their vehicles on paved roads as well as roads that are a little less stable. They are ideal cars for family drives, for solo adventures, and for everything in between. If you’re looking to upsize to a SUV, the DIYinspect app allows you to sell your car quickly and without the need to meet anyone in person.
Passenger car sales continue to cruise along, with plenty of people opting to own a vehicle that fits easily into smaller spaces. Passenger vehicles totaled 221,556 sold throughout 2021 – a small decrease of 0.2 percent on 2020 figures. This can, in part, be contributed to the preference for SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
The highest sales across the board went to Toyota for the 19th year running. The Japanese marquee took out close to a quarter of all car sales in 2021, with 223,642 sales in total. Mazda was next with 101,119 sales, followed by Hyundai with 72,878 sales, Ford with 71,380 sales, and Kia with 67,964 sales.
Buying a car needs careful consideration, with individuals and families often spending hours, days, weeks and months researching the best fit. Most of the research is done online these days, and in general people are growing comfortable with selling and buying online, too.
Although the FCAI data refers only new car sales, we know that used car sales are also booming. In Datium Insights-Moody’s Analytics latest findings, it was found that used car sales increased by 18 percent when compared to the previous year.
Looking to sell your car? Developed by Pickles, Australia’s leading asset remarketer, the DIYinspect app makes the process easy. The app is free to download and use via Apple Store or Google Play, and it provides users with the means to sell their car efficiently and for a good price.
Ready to sell? Once you have downloaded the app, all you need to do is upload photos of your car and fill in the required information. The details are sent to the DIYinspect team and you will receive an offer within 24 business hours. If you live within 30 kilometres of a DIYinspect drop-off point, a pick-up truck will even come and collect your car free of charge.