08/04/2015 - 14:35

New car sales down 2.9% in WA

08/04/2015 - 14:35

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March was slow month for new vehicle sales in Western Australia, adding to a slow quarter for the majority of the top industry players, with Nissan being one of the few exceptions.

March was slow month for new vehicle sales in Western Australia, adding to a slow quarter for the majority of the top industry players, with Nissan being one of the few exceptions.

New car sales were down 2.9 per cent in March to 9,823 and 5.2 per cent lower in the year-to-date at 26,775 sales, with Ford reporting a 27.1 per cent drop to 547 cars sold and Holden reporting a 22.4 per cent drop to 735 cars sold for the month.

Nissan was the only major player in WA to report both an increase in sales in March (up 30.9 per cent to 585) and the year-to-date (up 26.5 per cent to 1,328), while Toyota was down 4.3 per cent in March to 2,055 sales.

Mazda sales were up 8.6 per cent to 773 sales in March, while Hyundai experienced a 5.6 per cent rise to 1,122 sales in the same period.

Mitsubishi sales dropped 25.4 per cent to 475 sales in March but held on to a positive three months, with a 6.8 per cent increase to 1,566 sales since the start of the year.

While market leaders like Holden, Ford and Toyota experienced a glut in March, luxury and sport car makers noticed an upward swing in sales.

Porsche sales were up 111.1 per cent to 38 sales in March, with Maserati sale up 600 per cent to seven sales.

Lamborghini ended its year-long dry spell of no sales in 2014 to sell two last month.

Two Bentleys were sold in March, taking the year-to-date total to three, while Lexus sales climbed 17.3 per cent to 61 sales in March and 167 sales for the year so far.

Nationally, new vehicle sales were up 8 per cent in March, and 4.2 per cent higher in the year-to-date.

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