Kia has pushed its way into second place in the latest sales figures, in a shake-up of the new car market that puts the Korean car maker in second spot behind Toyota, for the first time ever. Oddly, that result comes despite not having a single vehicle in the top ten for May.

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According to the numbers released by the FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, a total of 94,383 vehicles were sold last month, bringing the year-to-date total to 437,884.

This result represents a decrease of 6.4 per cent on the same month in 2021. FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said global supply chains struggling to recover from pandemic impacts meant demand for new vehicles in Australia continues to outstrip supply.

“The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor units and shipping delays. This issue is not unique to Australia,” he said.

“Car makers continue to report high demand across dealer showrooms and online marketplaces. Pandemic interruptions continue to impact manufacturing and conflict in Ukraine has disrupted vehicle component supply,” Mr Webber added.

“Monthly sales figures are also dependent on shipping arrivals which continue to be uncertain. We do not expect supply chains to stabilise until these issues are resolved.”

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Despite Kia’s success, sales across every State and Territory were down everywhere, apart from the Northern Territory where 973 vehicles were sold, representing an increase of 2.4 percent on May 2021.

Sales in the ACT fell 11 percent, with NSW falling 6.3 and Queensland down 11.3. South Australia fell 8.2 percent, with Tasmania falling 6.8, Victoria down just 0.8 percent, and WA dropping 9.1 percent.

Toyota led the market with a total of 22,813 vehicles sold. Kia was next with 7,307 followed by Hyundai (7,063), Mazda (6,474) and Mitsubishi (6,086).

For the record, the actual top ten new car models include the Toyota Hi-Lux and RAV4, Ford’s Ranger, the Corolla and LandCruiser. That’s followed by the Isuzu D-MAX, Toyota Prado, Mitsubishi Triton, Hyundai i30 and Mazda CX-5.

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