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Industry Activity

Tyre Retailing in Australia


Tyres are an essential part of the automotive industry and therefore, there will always be a market for them. The industry went into negative growth during the Global Financial crisis as consumers delayed spending but the need for tyres soon returned to strong positive growth following pent-up demand.

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Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing in Australia


The motor vehicle parts retail industry has performed very well over the past 10 years, driven by an increase in discretionary household incomes. As discretionary incomes rise, consumers are given more choice to choose between new and used parts when servicing or repairing their vehicles.

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Motor Vehicle Dealers in Australia



The motor vehicle dealers industry in Australia experienced a steep decline in revenue and employment in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis. However, the industry bounced back well in 2009-10 with pent-up demand for new vehicles following a period of financial uncertainty and instability. It took a number of years for market to stabilise but now seems to be in a strong place with a gradual increase in establishments forecast in the future.

Despite a number of sectors in the automotive industry set to be hit hard by the impending closures of automotive manufacturers, it is predicted that motor vehicle dealers will continue to play a part in the market place as consumers will need an outlet to upgrade and replace vehicles. There is a shift in the types of vehicles being purchased with an emerging preference for new cars with updated technology, smaller, more fuel efficient cars, diesel cars, hybrid and electric cars.

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Motor Vehicle New Parts Wholesaling in Australia

The Motor Vehicle New Parts wholesaling industry in Australia is driven by demand in two key markets, the provision of new parts for the: 1) Manufacture of new motor vehicles; and 2) service of aftermarket parts. The demand for new parts in the manufacture of new vehicles has been in decline for a number of years as Australians have shown a preference for smaller, more fuel-efficient, imported vehicles. This will continue up until 2017 when the three remaining manufacturers in Australia, Toyota, Ford, and Holden, will cease their manufacturing operations in Australia.

That decline in Industry growth would be much more pronounced if not for the strong performance in the provision of new parts for the aftermarket industry. In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis many Australians put off making significant purchases such as new cars and elected instead to look after the ones they had, which increased the demand for replacement parts.
There will still be a need for the provision of new vehicle parts after car manufacturing in Australia ceases in 2017. Australians will always need replacement parts, but there will be an increasing reliance on parts from overseas. There will still be manufacturing in Australia to a number of niche clientele, but the demand will be greatly diminished. Smaller businesses will be forced to close or be taken over by larger companies as growth continues to decline over the next few years.

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Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling in Australia

Growth in the Commercial Vehicle industry was hit particularly hard by the Global Financial Crisis as businesses put off large purchases and financial institutions tightened lending regulations. But as the economy revived there was pent-up demand for such purchases and the industry experienced significant growth in 2009-10. This was followed by a period of slow growth as demand for commercial vehicles remained low until 2012-13.

Growth in the commercial vehicle industry seems to ebb and flow, driven by a combination of demand, economic conditions and Government incentives. There appears to be an increase in sales recently with low interest rates and a tax incentive for purchases of vehicles under $20,000. However, many in the motor industry would like to see this threshold increased so businesses could purchase safer, more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. With plans to implement more stringent fuel emissions standards in the future, it is likely that businesses would be encouraged to purchase such vehicles in order to comply with Government standards, and also reduce costs on rising fuel prices and vehicle servicing. It is forecast that the Commercial Vehicle industry will experience slow growth for a number of years as businesses begin to comply with these changes.

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