March Registration Reports

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In March, South Australia produced a total of 32,516 new and used registrations, representing a 5% decrease year-over-year with 1,554 less vehicles registered than in March 2018.

New sales

Nationally, March produced 99,442 units, down 7.1% year-over-year (7,546 units). However, new vehicle sales were up by 14% over February.

South Australia produced 6,927 units. This is up 9.4% on March 2018 and up 29% over February.

SUV’s continue to lead the market in South Australia with 46.6% of the share. Passenger vehicles took 28.8% of the share and other vehicles took 24.6% in March.

The year-over-year comparison of March registrations from 2018 to 2019 are as follows:

New Cars (light vehicles) down by 8% (-488) – 5537 units

Motorcycles down by 18% (-49) – 221 units

Tractors and Industrial Machinery down by 12% (-25) – 178 units

Caravans down by 9% (-23) – 235 units

Truck and Bus up by 3% (+7) – 229 units

Used sales

Used (Light vehicle) registrations (including first time registered in SA, which could be made up of interstate transfers, for example) totalled 26,412. This was again 3% down Year-over-Year (-685 units) and on par with February’s.

Dealer sales totalled 5,316 in March. This is up 178 units Year-over-Year (+3.5%).

Private sales

In March, the private market totalled 13,739 vehicle transfers. This is down 7.3% Year-over-Year (14,813 units transferred in March 2018).

When comparing the first quarter of 2019 to 2018, we can see that Dealer sales are up by 0.6% and the private market is down by 6%.


In regards to motorcycle registrations in South Australia in March, there were 1,784 total registrations (new and used). This is 6% down on March 2018 (-118 units) and on par with February’s results.

New registrations (at 221 units) were down 18% year-over-year (-49 units).

Used registrations in March totalled 1,519, 4% down on year-over-year (-70 units) and slightly up on February by 33 units.

Private registrations (at 143 units) were up on the past two March results (111 and 102 respectively).

If you have any questions in regards to March’s figures, or wish to find out more about the Registration Reports, click here to contact our Communications Specialist, Josh Bevan. Our Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves, is on leave for the remainder of this week.

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