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New car intention still heading downhill

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2002 – August 2014, n= 683,572 (average quarterly sample n=13,482).

Following last month’s news that the number of Australians planning to buy a new car in the next four years had slipped to its lowest point since November 2012, the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research reveal that this downward trend has continued in August. In fact, the market has decreased from 2.17 million potential new car buyers to 2.07 million, a decline of more than 400,000 potential buyers since May.

Intention has also slumped further among people planning to buy a new car in the next 12 months, falling from 608,000 people as of July 2014 to 523,000 in August.

New car buying intention


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2002 – August 2014, n= 683,572 (average quarterly sample n=13,482).

Jordan Pakes, Industry Director – Automotive, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Despite Consumer Confidence starting to stabilise in recent weeks, this has yet to have an impact on our new car buying intentions.

“Long-term intention now sits at its lowest level since August 2011, while short-term intention hasn’t been this low since February 2010. The Federal Budget in May has certainly impacted peoples’ economic optimism, and ongoing international uncertainty only serves to heighten this sense of gloom.”

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