Top-selling cars for 2020 (and the biggest losers)
New-car sales slumped in 2020 but utes, Chinese models and EVs bucked the trend.
Australian new-car sales bounced back in the last couple of months of 2020 after a dismal year, as buyer confidence recovered.
COVID-19 restrictions hit vehicle sales hard from April onwards and by mid-year, 2020 was shaping up as the worst year for automotive sales in decades. But as restrictions eased and consumers started diverting overseas holiday savings into buying a new car, sales began to rebound – in fact December sales figures were 13.5 per cent higher than in 2019.
For the full year, new vehicle sales totalled just 916,968, almost 14 per cent lower than in 2019 and the lowest annual figure since 2003. Unsurprisingly, given the severity of the state’s COVID restrictions, Victorian sales suffered most, dropping more than 25 per cent year on year.