Australia’s new vehicle sales are on the rise.

Source: ABS

Source: ABS

As the above data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows, new vehicle sales showed no signs of slowing down in recent years, and in March 2016 rose 0.1% over the prior month.

At the same time, there are uncertainties regarding future new vehicle sales growth and the companies which are benefitting from the current trend. For example, lower tariffs on imports of luxury cars, increasing competition between large dealer groups and more brands on offer will have an effect on the industry.

Nonetheless, the long-term tailwind of growth in new car sales is a boon for some ASX-listed blue-chip shares.

For example, Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: AHG) and AP Eagers Ltd (ASX: APE) are relishing the growth. Respectively, they are Australia’s largest and oldest listed automotive groups. AHG also provides freight services through well-known brands like Scott’s, Rand, Harris and more. Both companies have a track record of paying fully franked dividends.

Another automotive business going from strength to strength and benefitting immensely from more vehicles on the road is Burson Group Ltd (ASX: BAP). It’s the leading aftermarket parts business, servicing large and small workshops and repair specialists.

Foolish takeaway

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