Tasmanian new vehicle sales take a slide

TASMANIAN new vehicle sales are continuing to fall as four- wheel-drives keep increasing their market share.

Overall new vehicle sales fell marginally, but to a 20-month low, in June, in trend terms figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Total sales were down by two to 1491.

Their recent peak was 1648 in May last year.

Sales of new passenger vehicles fell by four to 674.

Four-wheel drive sales increased by two to 445, while sales of “other vehicles” were down by one to 372.

Four-wheel-drive sales are not far off their monthly record (480, set twice last year), but new passenger vehicle sales are well down on their record of 1016 in September 2003.

Records go back to January 1994.

A snapshot of June 1994, June 2004 and June 2014 shows the huge growth in four-wheel-drive sales.

In June 1994, 860 new passenger vehicles were sold, 61 four-wheel- drives and 216 “other vehicles”.

In June 2004, passenger vehicle sales were similar, at 869, but four-wheel-drive sales had surged to 295, with “other vehicles” at 381.

Those compare with 674 passenger vehicles, 445 four-wheel-drives and 372 “other vehicles” in June this year.

The figures do not cover used vehicle sales.

According to the ABS, “other vehicles” include “utilities, panel vans, cab chassis, goods carrying vans, rigid trucks, prime movers, non-freight carrying trucks, and buses”, plus four-wheel drive light commercial vehicles not classified as sports utility vehicles.

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