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November 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 1

With November coming to a close, the data for new car sales once again points to a torrid time in the industry, with no respite in sight. The chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) summed it up best, calling it “a tough market”. Beyond that, he was also on record, quoted as saying, “The industry has been looking for a lift for some time now and has activated multiple...

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Should I worry about the Record Number of Car Recalls?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these last few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of cars being recalled. Many have been due to the Takata airbag saga. Others have been as a result of the Dieselgate fiasco that caught up some of the industry’s biggest names. In the case of reliable stalwarts likes Toyota and Mazda, they too have fallen foul to several recalls. It seems like every...

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October 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 2

In our first piece covering October’s new car sales, we looked into overall sales across the industry as well as a breakdown by vehicle segment. This time around we’ll focus on how different makes and models fared last month. New car sales by brand With four of the top-selling models, Toyota remained well out in front as the most popular car brand. Its sales decline (-4.6%) fared better than the nationa...

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October 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 1

As another month goes by, we’re no closer to seeing a turnaround in the new car industry. The FCAI is now pointing to the effects “over-regulation of the financial sector” is having on vehicle sales. It’s worth noting however, while the housing market suffered from the same issue, we’re starting to see early signs there that things are on the bounce, so why is it worse here? As we do eve...

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Will Combustion Engine Vehicles Get More Expensive?

A lot of publicity is emerging about the rollout of electric vehicles slowly creeping into the market. Future adoption rates are expected to accelerate at a rate of knots, with ongoing costs set to be the driving factor to encourage motorists to make the switch. While the above trend should help increase accessibility to mainstream audiences, what does it mean for our existing fleet of cars? With the majority of veh...

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September 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 2

In our first piece covering September’s new car sales, we looked into overall sales across the industry as well as a breakdown by vehicle segment. This time around we’ll focus on how different makes and models fared last month. New car sales by brand With yet another plunge in new car sales, it was expected that the leading brands would shift around somewhat based on their varying performance. With that...

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September 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 1

As pessimism takes hold of the new car industry, the penny has dropped that the lull in sales across the board is anything but a short term hiccup. In fact, in some quarters it’s being pointed to as a sign that the economy is in no great shape. So with that in mind, just how did new car sales fare during September? Was there any sign of a rebound, or did the record losing streak continue into yet another succes...

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When is the Best Time to Score a New Car Bargain?

New car prices may already be at a competitive level we have rarely seen before, however, who can honestly say they still don’t want to score a bargain? Thankfully, if you’re not in an urgent position, then you can take advantage of some very distinct periods throughout the year to save yourself a small fortune. Of course it always pays to do your research before you set out to visit a dealership, but her...

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August 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 2

In our first piece covering August’s new car sales, we looked into overall sales across the industry as well as a breakdown by vehicle segment. This time around we’ll focus on how different makes and models fared last month. New car sales by brand With overall new car sales falling by double-digits, it was no surprise to see most of the major car brands record a significant slide in sales. Even the clea...

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August 2019 New Car Sales Review - Part 1

With a slightly better performance for new car sales during July – notwithstanding the numbers were still down year-on-year – there was some optimism heading into August. That hope was short lived however, as reforms to lending criteria have effectively dried up successful car loan applications. It comes at an ironic time, with rates set to drop even further beyond their current all-time low. If condition...

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