In December, vehicle registrations in Australia grew by 11.92% with respect to December of 2006. In total, 86,250 cars were registered and 1,049,982 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 9.07% more than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of December is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 34,528, 20.24% more than in December of 2006.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 51,722, which represents a figure of 6.98% more than in December of 2006.
Australia is the 15th-placed country in ranking of 133 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.
A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Australians residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 49.96 cars per 1,000 residents, 4.1 of them in the last month, Australia, occupies 9th place, so, compared to the other countries in the ranking, its population has a good standard of living.
As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy.
Changes in Australian vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have grown since 1997, as 722,642 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 39.04.
Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Australia. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Australia in en Australian economy.