Australia’s new-car market has posted a third successive record month as Toyota’s HiLux ute posted another ‘Catch me if you can’ chart-topping result.
The market’s slow start to the year looks like a distant memory as July’s total of 92,754 vehicle sales pushed 2017 slightly further ahead of where 2016’s record year sat this time last year – up 0.4%.
SUVs again outsold passenger cars – 36,979 v 35,792 – as July 2017 registered 446 more sales than the previous best July (2015).
HiLux’s 3742 sales last month finished comfortably ahead of its stablemate small car, the Toyota Corolla, which recorded a figure of 3208. More importantly, though, it was also clear of the Ford Ranger – third with 3076 units – which is currently its closest challenger in the overall race to finish as 2017’s most popular vehicle.
The gap between the two utes has now grown to nearly 2500 units, a figure that looks tough to overcome despite the Ranger remaining ahead of the HiLux in the 4x4 sub-segment.
In the middle of the Mazda sandwich sits the ever-popular Toyota Camry, in fifth position with 2385 sales.
Hyundai’s i30 was the only other model to secure more than 2000 sales, with the final three places in the top 10 covered by just 28 units. The Toyota RAV4 (1736) and Hyundai Tucson (1719) SUVs were followed by another ute, the Mitsubishi Triton (1708).
July 2017 – Top 10
- Toyota HiLux 3742
- Toyota Corolla 3208
- Ford Ranger 3076
- Mazda 3 2466
- Toyota Camry 2385
- Mazda CX-5 2298
- Hyundai i30 2123
- Toyota RAV4 1736
- Hyundai Tucson 1719
- Mitsubishi Triton 1708
2017 Top 5 Most Popular Vehicles – to end of July
- Toyota HiLux 27,120
- Ford Ranger 24,714
- Toyota Corolla 22,662
- Mazda 3 20,518
- Hyundai i30 16,660