VFACTS: Car Market Update for June 2023

By Alexi Falson on 30 Jun 2023
image for VFACTS: Car Market Update for June 2023 With another month in the rear-view mirror, we’ve got our hands on the latest VFACTs car market for June to get an idea of how the industry is tracking along.

We’ll be breaking down Australia’s most popular cars across all major segments, from hatchbacks to SUVs, sports cars to practical family sedans, work-ready utes and off-road 4x4 heroes

With that in mind, let’s get a car market update for June, 2023 with the help of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ latest VFACTS report.

Major Findings of the VFACTs June Report

The latest reporting for the month of June, 2023, gives us a few interesting snapshots of the automotive industry, showing clear signs of a recovery for manufacturers as they catch up on a backlog of orders amid supply shortages and production slow-downs. 

  • In spite of the delays, vehicle deliveries were high, with a total of 124,926 vehicles delivered, which is 25 per cent higher than June 2022, while year-to-date sales are 8.2 per cent higher than the same point last year at 581,759. 
  • Sales of electric vehicles are at record highs, outpacing hybrid vehicles with 11,042 EVs delivered all up, over 9020 hybrid vehicle sales. 
  • The Toyota HiLux remains Australia’s most popular car, in spite of a 19 per cent drop in year-on-year sales, sales of the MG ZS have jumped 168 per cent, and deliveries of the Tesla Model Y have jumped 90.4 per cent. 
  • Toyota also remains at the top spot in terms of the most popular manufacturer, delivering more than double that of its nearest rival, Mazda.

What is the Most Popular Vehicle Segment in Australia?

SUVs remain by far the most popular type of car purchased here in Australia, with the June edition of VFACTS confirming SUVs account for a 55.3% share of the overall market. 

Sales of SUVs were followed by light commercial vehicles, otherwise known as utes, which accounted for a 23.1% share of the market, followed by passenger cars with a 16.3% share, and heavy commercial vehicles with a 5.3% share. 

Of the overall figures, sales of midsize SUVs amounted to 22.6% of vehicles sold in June, 2023, followed by 4x4 utes with a 16.7% share, compact SUVs with a 14.2% share and large SUVs with a 12.3 share. 

Sales of small passenger cars shrunk in June, 2023, to just a 6.1% share of the overall vehicle mix.

What Are The Best-Selling Cars in Australia?

In June, 2023, the podium finishers for the best-selling cars in Australia were the Toyota HiLux at the top of the table with 6142 vehicles sold, Tesla Model Y in second place with 5560 deliveries, and the Ford Ranger in third place with 5334 vehicles sold. 

  1. Toyota HiLux - 6142
  2. Tesla Model Y - 5560
  3. Ford Ranger - 5334
  4. MG ZS - 3756
  5. Toyota RAV4 - 2858
  6. Hyundai Tucson - 2667
  7. Mazda BT-50 - 2560
  8. Hyundai i30 - 2523
  9. Isuzu D-Max - 2500
  10. Mitsubishi Triton - 2259

What Are The Most Popular Car Manufacturers in Australia? 

For June 2023, Toyota remained by far the most popular manufacturer in Australia, outpacing its nearest competitor, Mazda, with double the amount of deliveries for the month. Mazda was followed by Hyundai, Ford and Kia to round out the top five most popular manufacturers in Australia. 

  1. Toyota
  2. Mazda
  3. Hyundai
  4. Ford
  5. Kia

How Many Electric Vehicles Were Sold in Australia in June, 2023?

The share of electric vehicles in the mix of Australian sales has grown to record highs, with 11,042 electric vehicles sold in June, 2023, which accounted for an 8.8 per cent share of overall vehicle deliveries.

What Are The Most Popular Electric Vehicles Sold in Australia?

Tesla has taken two of the three top spots when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) sales here in Australia in the first six months of 2023, with the Model Y sitting atop the leaderboard, followed by the Model 3 and the BYD Atto 3. 

  1. Tesla Model Y
  2. Tesla Model 3
  3. BYD Atto 3 
  4. MG ZS EV 
  5. Volvo XC40 Recharge
  6. Polestar 2
  7. Volvo C40 Recharge
  8. Kia EV6
  9. BMW iX
  10. Hyundai Ioniq 5

What is the Most Popular 4x4 Ute Sold in Australia?

For the month of June, 2023, the Ford Ranger stands at the most popular 4x4 ute sold here in Australia, with 4895 vehicles sold during the month, followed closely by the Toyota HiLux with 4815 sales, and the Mazda BT-50 in third-place with 2002 deliveries. 

What is the Most Popular Midsize SUV Sold in Australia? 

According to VFACTs, the most popular midsize SUV sold here in Australia throughout June was the Toyota RAV4 with 2858 vehicles sold, followed by the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5 with 2667 and 1812 vehicles delivered, respectively. 

Looking at the midsize SUV segment priced over $60,000, the Tesla Model Y was the most popular mid-size SUV sold, followed by the Lexus NX and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

What Are The Most Popular Vehicles Across Major Vehicle Segments in Australia?

Using the latest dataset from the FCAI’s VFACTs report, we can get an idea of the top-three best-selling vehicles across major vehicle segments in Australia for June, 2023.

  • 4×2 Utes: Toyota HiLux (1327), Mazda BT-50 (558), Isuzu D-Max (523)
  • 4×4 Utes: Ford Ranger (4895), Toyota HiLux (4815), Mazda BT-50 (2002)
  • Utes >$100,000: RAM 1500 (992), Cherolet Silverado (429)
  • People Movers: Kia Carnival (1053), Hyundai Staria (182), Volkswagen Multivan (89) 
  • Micro: Kia Pincato (673) and the Fiat 500 (66)
  • Light Cars <$30,000: MG 3 (1403), Suzuki Swift (784), Kia Rio (536)
  • Light Cars >$30,000: Mini (289), Skoda Fabia (44), Audi A1 (34)
  • Light SUVs: Mazda CX-3 (1502), Kia Stonic (921), Volkswagen T-Cross (671)
  • Small Cars <$40,000: Hyundai I30 (2523), Toyota Corolla (1703), Mazda 3 (860)
  • Small Cars >$40,000: Volkswagen Golf (326), Audi A3 (315), Subaru WRX (264)
  • Small SUVs <$45,000: MG ZS (3756), Subaru Crosstrek (1481), Kia Seltos (1234)
  • Small SUVs >$45,000: BMW X1 (624), Volvo XC40 (541), Audi Q3 (511)
  • Medium Cars <$60,000: Toyota Camry (908), Skoda Octavia (135), Mazda 6 (119)
  • Medium Cars >$60,000: Tesla Model 3 (1458), BMW 3 Series (478), Mercedes C-Class (302)
  • Medium SUVs <$60,000: Toyota RAV4 (2858), Hyundai Tucson (2667), Mazda CX-5 (1812)
  • Medium SUVs >60,000: Tesla Model Y (5560), Lexus NX (646), Mercedes-Benz GLC (440)
  • Large Cars <$70,000: Kia Stinger (324), Skoda Superb (31), Citroen CX5 X (3)
  • Large Cars >$70,000: Porsche Taycan (74), BMW 5 Series (65), Mercedes-Benz EQE (47)
  • Large SUVs <$70,000: Toyota Prado (1627), Toyota Kluger (1554), Subaru Outback (1435)
  • Large SUVs >$70,000: BMW X5 (386), Land Rover Defender (324), Lexus RX (287)
  • Sports Cars <$80,000: Ford Mustang (106), Subaru BRZ (137), Toyota 86 (131)
  • Sports Cars >$80,000: BMW 4 Series (106), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (78), Porsche Cayman (31) 
  • Sports Cars >$200,000: Porsche 911 (65), Lamborghini Coupe (18), Ferrari Coupe (14)
  • Light Vans: Peugeot Partner (108), Volkswagen Caddy (32), Renault Kangoo (2)
  • Medium Vans: Toyota HiAce (756), LDV G10 (520), Ford Transit Custom (427) 
  • Large Vans: LDV Deliver 9 (571), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (362), Volkswagen Crafter (143)

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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