Friday, October 18th, 2013

After hitting an all-time high just shy of 2.5 million Australians in August, long-term new car buying intention softened in September while short-term intention continued to fall, the latest research from Roy Morgan shows.   

2,380,000 Australians (14+) are now looking to buy a new car in the next four years, a decrease of 58,000 since August.

Suffering its fifth monthly decline since peaking six months ago, short-term intention is now at 621,000—matching the average since 2002. Compared with the March 2013 high, 120,000 fewer people intend to buy a car in the next 12 months.

New Car Buying Intention

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia): April 2002 – September 2013, n=637,392 (avg. quarterly sample n = 13,561).

Jordan Pakes, Group Account Director – Automotive, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Despite a change in government, short term new car buying intentions have declined for the third straight month, with September the lowest result since mid-2012. Most major makes suffered a setback, with only Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Toyota and Subaru showing gains in September.

“In the long-term, car buying intentions remains well above the average, with close to 2.4 million consumers in the market with a four-year horizon. The SUV segments continue to grow in popularity, with more than 370,000 people now in the market for either a Small or Medium SUV—an increase of 26% on a year ago.”

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