Record new car sales in 2012

New car sales rose to record levels in 2012, with Australian-made cars represented well on the most popular rankings, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

Official figures released today show sales were up 10.3 per cent to 1.112 million last year, with growth in SUVs and four-wheel-drive utes leading the charge.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber said the boost came despite an uncertain economic environment, and proved Australia's market was one of the most competitive.

Weber also said a good portion of the vehicles in the top 10 were Australian made.

“Three of the top ten are also built locally, dispelling any suggestion that our domestic manufacturers aren’t producing cars that Australians want to buy,” he said.

The Mazda3 was the country's top selling car, followed closely by the Toyota Hilux ute.

Overall SUV sales posted the strongest rise, up 25 per cent over the previous year, but small cars remained the vehicle of choice, taking out six of the top 10 positions.

Western Australia managed to post the largest increase in sales, rising 4.3 per cent to 6,111, but NSW secured itself as top dog with 29,970 new sales.

Victoria followed with 25,744 sales and Queensland sold 20,810 new vehicles.

According to Fairfax Media sales broke down accordingly:

Top ten brands

1. Toyota – 218,176 (up 20.1 per cent)

2. Holden – 114,665 (down 9.1 per cent)

3. Mazda 103,886 (up 17.6)

4. Hyundai 91,536 (up 5.2)

5. Ford 90,408 (down 0.9)

6. Nissan 79,747 (up 17.4)

7. Mitsubishi 58,868 (down 3.7)

8. Volkswagen 54,835 (up 22.6)

9. Subaru 40,189 (up 18.2)

10. Honda 35,812 (up 18.9)

Top ten vehicles

1. Mazda3 – 44,128

2. Toyota Hilux – 40,646

3. Toyota Corolla – 38,799

4. Holden Commodore – 30,532

5. Holden Cruze – 29,161

6. Hyundai i30 – 28,348

7. Toyota Camry – 27,230

8. Nissan Navara – 26,045

9. Toyota Yaris – 18,808

10. Ford Focus – 18,586