Australians are buying more cars and trucks this year with new vehicle sales increasing 9.4 per cent for the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period in 2011.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said 822,674 new vehicles have been sold since the beginning of the year, up 9.4 per cent on the same time last year.
On a month to month basis 94,627 vehicles were sold in September, an increase of nine per cent on 2011.
The biggest growth was in hybrid vehicles which sold 9461 during September, compared to 6143 for the same month in 2011.
SUVs sales increased by 20 per cent for September, light commercial vehicles rose by 10.7 per cent and heavy commercial vehicles were up 12.4 per cent.
Sales of passenger vehicles only grew by 3.2 per cent but it is still the largest vehicle segment in market, with 52 per cent of overall sales.
Locally manufactured vehicles dropped in popularity for the year to date with 102,331 sold in 2012 down 2.8 per cent on 2011.