Intention to purchase new motor vehicles declining

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-Mar-19

Roy Morgan’s ‘Automotive Currency Report-Quarterly Detailed Report: December 2018’ shows that 2.125 million Australians intend to purchase a new vehicle in the next four years, the lowest level since November 2014 and below the 15-year long-term average. This represents a decline of 135,000 or 6.0% from December 2017. In addition, one-year new vehicle buying intentions are down by 61,000 (9.9%) to be currently on 553,000. Among intending new vehicle buyers over the next four years, there is an increasing level of interest in alternative fuels to petrol. The share of new vehicle sales in Australia in 2018 (VFACTS) that had petrol engines was 75.0%. This compares with only 61.9% among intending buyers over the next four years, who think that their next vehicle would most likely have a petrol engine. Alternatives to petrol all showed higher preference levels among intenders compared to their share of current sales. Diesel was 3.6% points higher among intenders (27.6%) compared to share of sales (24.0%), Hybrid (petrol and electric) was higher by 7.1% points (to 8.0%), fully electric higher by 2.0% points (to 2.1%) and LPG 0.3% points higher (to 0.3%). The report is based on data collected from Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey, which involves in-depth interviews conducted face-to-face with over 50,000 Australian consumers per annum in their homes.


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