Cars are now used as everyday objects, but the industry still needs to do a better job of making them accessible.
Read moreThe latest figures show the top five Australian carmakers all had fewer than 5,000 car sales during the first quarter of 2018, with Ford and Holden on the low end of that scale.
In second place was Mitsubishi, which sold just 7,000 vehicles in the quarter.
Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan had just under 10,000 cars sold during the quarter, while Nissan’s sales dipped slightly to just under 9,000.
While Holden’s sales were still up from the first half of 2018 to the end of the year, the overall numbers were lower, with the Holden brand selling just under 8,000 units.
Despite this, the company is continuing to build up its sales numbers and its CEO, Joe Higgins, says the company will continue to add more cars to its fleet.
“We’ve got more cars coming on the line this year, we’re doing it in a timely manner, and that will give us a head start on the competition,” Higgins said.
Higgins said it was also important to remember that the company had already increased its annual production by about 30 per cent to around 4,000 each year since 2009.
He said the company was also working on an autonomous vehicle that could take over driving duties, which could help it reduce the impact of pollution and emissions from vehicles.
The company is also working to reduce the cost of ownership for its models by focusing on smaller vehicles.
The National Automotive Council has warned that by 2023 the cost for a new vehicle could be $18,000, while for a family vehicle it could be more than $75,000 according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Nissan has also recently announced a new version of the Leaf that is designed for people who need a lighter and more efficient vehicle but who can still afford it.
This new model will be available in 2019.
Toyota is planning to release its all-electric version of its Corolla in 2019, with a range of electric-only models and an all-wheel drive variant to come later.
Kia is also planning to introduce its new electric SUV, the XE, in 2019 and is currently in discussions with the government about whether it will be eligible for a tax break on the sale of its cars.
There are also plans to introduce a hybrid model in 2020.
Other manufacturers have also announced that they would not be making electric vehicles in 2020 and 2021.
Ferrari’s boss, Sergio Marchionne, has also said that his company was not planning to make electric vehicles.
He said that it was only now that EVs were getting the attention they deserved from manufacturers.
Marchionne said that the main reason he did not plan to make any electric vehicles was that electric vehicles were very expensive to manufacture.
For a car to go to market, the vehicle must cost less than $10,000 to make and there is no doubt that we can see that the price is not going down.
But Marchionnes company is not the only one making electric cars.
The European Commission has issued a statement that says electric vehicles are the most affordable and viable way to transport passengers.
With the exception of the US, other countries are also planning EVs.
And the US has recently released its own rules to allow electric vehicles to be sold in certain markets, which has led to a number of manufacturers in the US to ramp up production.
Australian consumers can now get a taste of this when the National Electricity Market (NEM) opens in 2019 with the introduction of Tesla and a range in 2023 of Nissan, Honda and Hyundai.
What does this mean for you?
There is still a long way to go before Australians can drive electric vehicles, but there is much that the country can learn from the automotive industry.
It will also help to get an accurate picture of the impact the government is having on the Australian economy when it releases its annual emissions data later this year.
Read the full report in the AFR here.