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This infographic includes new vehicles sales figures for the last four years and growth in registered vehicles since 2005. It also tells the story of how far we have travelled by car, motorcycle, truck and bus since 2005, and how much fuel we've used doing it.

New car sales for 2015 are off to a supercharged start with registrations of new vehicles growing 2 per cent over relatively flat numbers in 2014i.

Last year, SUVs and light commercial vehicles accounted for almost half of the new car sales in 2014 while sales of passenger vehicles fell 6.1 per centii. Total registrations, kilometres travelled and fuel consumption have significantly increased in recent years.

Plus the Motor vehicles sales and use trends interactive infographic shows the 10 most popular cars in 2014 and how they only accounted for 17% of annual new car sales.


Motor vehicles sales and use trends

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and light commercial vehicles (vans, utes, and buses1) are leading the charge in a resurgence of new car sales2. Reports from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that consumer preference is shifting away from passenger vehicles, with sales of SUVs and light commercial vehicles accounting for 53 per cent of new car sales in February 20152.

Registrations, distance travelled and fuel usage

In 2012 the 16,612,038 vehicles registered on Australian roads6 travelled a total 232,453 million km6. That's roughly five trips around the Equator7 or 14 trips around Australia8. They consumed a staggering 31,839 million litres of fuel6.

Passenger vehicles travelled the farthest (167,456 million km) while non-freight carrying trucks travelled the least (243 million km) in 2012. Fuel usage in Australia increased 10 per cent between 2005 and 2012.

Total on road: Passenger vehicles

Table: Total vehicles on road (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

The average number of vehicles registered for the 12 months and includes registered vehicles that did not travel during the reference period.

Kilometres travelled: Passenger vehicles

Table: Millions of kilometres travelled (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Data for 2005-07, 2010 are for 12 months ended 31 October. Data for 2012 are for 12 months ended 30 June. The survey is not designed to provide reliable estimates of inter-survey movements.

Articulated trucks had the highest fuel consumption on Australian roads in 2012; using an average 57.7 litres per 100km. Motorcycles had the lowest fuel consumption in 2012, only an average 5.9 litres per 100km9.

Fuel consumption: Passenger vehicles

Table: Total fuel usage (millions of litres) 2005-2007, 2010 and 2012 (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Calculated using the total distance travelled multiplied by the reported average rate of fuel consumption for each vehicle.

Fuel consumption per total km travelled

Table: Average litres per 100 km and total distance travelled (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Average kilometres travelled per vehicle are determined for all registered vehicles in scope of the Motor Vehicle Use survey.

Fuel types

In 2014 there were 17.6 million motor vehicles registered in Australia, a 12.5 per cent increase in registrations since 200910. Petrol cars were by far the most prominent cars on the road in Australia last year, accounting for 78.7 per cent of all registrations11.

In 2014, there were 13,889,533 petrol cars registered on Australian roads, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 200911.

In 2014, diesel powered vehicles accounted for 18.5 per cent of all vehicles registered in Australia, an increase of 5.7 from 12.8 per cent in 2009. Diesel engines are usually more powerful than petrol engines and can be up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient as well11.

Passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and buses accounted for 98 per cent of the 479,419 registered vehicles using these alternative fuel sources. In 2014, there were 479,419 vehicles using theses fuel types, compared with 491,184 vehicles in 200911.

Types of vehicles
2014 top sellers

Overall, Australians bought a total of 1,113,224 new cars in 2014. The Toyota Corolla outsold the Mazda 3 by only 442 vehicles. Toyota, Holden and Mazda were the three top selling brands in 2014 and Toyota can claim two of the top three best-selling models. The Hyundai i30 and Holden Commodore rounded out the top five respectively13.

The top 10 selling cars only accounted for 27 per cent of total new car sales.

Proportion (%) of total new car sales: 2014

(Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries)

The top 10 best sellers of 2014 are below, click through the media gallery to see which makes and models made the list.

Toyota Corolla

(Photo credit: order_242, on Flickr. Used under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0)

Toyota Corolla

Total sales in 2014: 43,73513.

References

i Costello, M 2015, 'Growth brands of 2015 so far', caradvice.com.au viewed 4 May 2015, http://www.caradvice.com.au/341762/growth-brands-of-2015-so-far/

ii Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 2015, 2014 new car market, viewed 4 May 2015, http://www.fcai.com.au/Sales/2014-new-car-market

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014, Motor vehicle census, Australia, 31 Jan 2014, 9309.0, ABS, Canberra, viewed 31 march 2015, http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/9309.0Glossary131%20Jan%202014?opendocument&tabname=Notes&prodno=9309.0&issue=31%20Jan%202014&num=&view=

2 Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 2015, February new car market highest on record, viewed 30 March 2015, http://www.fcai.com.au/news/news/all/all/382/february-new-car-market-highest-on-record

3 Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 2015, 2014 new car sales results, viewed 16 April 2015, http://www.fcai.com.au/news/news/2015/4/383/new-car-sales-up-8-in-march-2015

4 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Sales of new motor vehicles, Australia, Jan 2015, 9314.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 17 March 2015, http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/9314.0Main+Features1Jan%202015?OpenDocument

5 http://www.fcai.com.au/news/news/2015/1/379/2014-new-car-sales-results

6 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Survey of motor vehicle use, 9208.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 11 March 2015, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/79248942569F5126CA257B55002304F0/$File/92080_12%20months%20ended%2030%20june%202012.pdf ,pg.9

7 Cain, F 2010, 'How many miles around the earth?', Universe Today, viewed 16 March 2015, http://www.universetoday.com/66515/how-many-miles-around-the-earth/

8 The travel almanac, Around Australia Trivia, viewed 16 March 2015, http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/australia/around/trivia.htm

9 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Survey of motor vehicle use, 9208.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 11 March 2015, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/79248942569F5126CA257B55002304F0/$File/92080_12%20months%20ended%2030%20june%202012.pdf ,pg.10

10 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Motor vehicle census, 9309.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 11 March 2015, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/F19B5D476FA8A3A6CA257D240011E088/$File/93090_31%20jan%202014.pdf , pg.3

11 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Motor vehicle census, 9309.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 11 March 2015, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/F19B5D476FA8A3A6CA257D240011E088/$File/93090_31%20jan%202014.pdf , pg.13

12 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015, Motor vehicle census, 9309.0, Canberra, ABS, viewed 31 March 2015, http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/9309.0Glossary131%20Jan%202014?opendocument&tabname=Notes&prodno=9309.0&issue=31%20Jan%202014&num=&view=

13 Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 2015, 2014 new car sales results, viewed 2 April 2015, http://www.fcai.com.au/news/news/all/all/379/2014-new-car-sales-results