The Australian auto industry delivered more than a million new vehicles in 2022, despite post-pandemic supply chain challenges and delivery delays.
A total of 1,081,429 vehicles were delivered in “an unusual year in which demand exceeded supply”. The FCAI, whose sales data ends at 2020 on its website, did not provide a comparison with 2021. Local reports said the market was up 3%.
Toyota was the best-selling car brand with a 21.4% market share, while the Hi-Lux (64,391) were the brand’s best-selling vehicles. SUVs and light trucks accounted for 76.8% of sales and make up eight of the top 10 vehicles. Battery electric vehicles accounted for 3.1% of sales.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the journey through the COVID recovery, microprocessor shortages and bottlenecks due to global shipping issues have presented major challenges for automakers and their dealer networks in 2022.
“Whereas 2022 was a year of resilience and recovery, 2023 is shaping up to be one of the most significant in recent history, particularly in terms of the development of policies setting the direction for the future decarbonisation of the passenger car fleet.
â€œAs the top representative of vehicle distributors, the FCAI has been campaigning for a fuel efficiency standard for many years. We are optimistic that in 2023 the federal government will take action and introduce a standard that achieves the policy outcomes that lead to emissions reductions and enable Australians to drive the vehicles they need and want.
â€œThe FCAI and its members will do everything in their power to promote the development of sound policy, based on sound data and related to the uniqueness of the Australian market.â€
Weber added that alongside the fuel efficiency standard, a technology mix, infrastructure investments and behavior change initiatives are also needed to reduce emissions, create a cleaner fleet and ensure a sustainable automotive industry.
“We need to use the full range of low-emission technologies that are available and affordable for the majority of Australians, not just those who can afford premium vehicles,” he said.
In addition to the federal government’s actions on fuel efficiency and fuel quality, Mr. Weber said the FCAI will continue to work on a wide range of issues in 2023 that will ultimately address the needs of motorists and regulators.
“As vehicle technology evolves beyond issues of safety and performance, the industry is addressing the complexities of increasing vehicle connectivity to broader infrastructure and information networks. Other areas of focus include ports and logistics, design regulations and future road pricing issues as fuel consumption taxes begin to fall with the proliferation of zero- and low-emission vehicles on our roads.
â€œThe FCAI recognizes that there will be significant challenges and opportunities in the year ahead and will work with government, consumers and our members to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities in ways that are kind to our planet , the industry and the drivers.â€