New Motor Vehicle Sales up 3 percent in December to 94.653 for the month.
Still softer than a year ago, however.
Aussies are increasingly favouring the sports utility.
At the state level a very tidy uplift in this month for Queensland (+12.8 percent) and New South Wales (+1.5 percent).
However over the past year there have been some significant declines in South Australia (-4.5 percent), the ACT (-11.2 percent), Western Australia (-11 percent) and Tasmania (-16 percent) reflective of the relatively weaker economies and consumer confidence in those states.
State of the States
On a related note Commsec released its State of the States report this morning which showed that New South Wales remains Australia's leading economy, but the southern states of South Australia - which slipped further down the rankings - and Tasmania, struggling, in 7th and 8th place respectively:
"Last quarter NSW stood on top of Australia's economic performance rankings for the first time since July 2011. And NSW has maintained its position this quarter. But it has been joined on top by the Northern Territory with Western Australia slipping to third.
The next grouping is Victoria and Queensland. ACT has now overtaken South Australia into sixth spot while Tasmania is ranked eighth. Over the past quarter, NSW has improved its position on retail spending to consolidate its position at the top of the economic performance rankings."