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Utes are now officially Australia's most popular vehicles

By David Bonnici, 05 Mar 2019 Car News

Utes are officially Australia's most popular vehicles

Perennial favourites like the Toyota Corolla fall down the order, while the Mitsubishi Triton rockets into third spot

The top-three biggest selling vehicles in Australia are utes, with the Mitsubishi Triton taking the third placing behind the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger that’s been long held by the Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Incredibly the Corolla - which has been Australia’s top-selling passenger car for several years - has slipped to seventh place behind the three utes, as well as the Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi’s ASX.

 

The Hyundai i30, Toyota's LandCruiser and Toyota RAV4 make up the rest of the top ten.

Mitsubishi sold 3155 Tritons in February, which is 66 percent more than the same time last year. It’s rise to third place caps off an excellent run during previous months that saw its stocks rise during the run-out of the previous model that has continued with the facelifted version featuring additional safety features.

It’s February figure is just 222 less than Ranger, however it still has some way to catch the Hilux, of which 4431 were sold last month.

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It’s a different story for the Corolla, though, which has seen its fortunes dwindle since the introduction of the 12th-generation model last year.

February saw 2070 Corolla registrations, a 36 percent drop from the same time last year.

While the new Corolla has been widely lauded as a significant improvement over the previous model in terms of driveability, the deletion of the base Ascent variant will have affected fleet sales, meaning the entry cost has risen from $20,190 to $22,870 for the manual gearbox-equipped Ascent Sport.

The Corolla’s woes have allowed the Mazda 3 (2655) to claim the top passenger car spot during its run-out phase, despite a 9.5 percent slump in sales compared to February 2018. The Hyundai i30 (1929) has also suffered a similar year-on-year drop of 11.6 percent.

Small cars: a quick guide

Mazda's medium-sized CX-5 (2357) has again claimed the overall top spot in SUV sales over the smaller Mitsubishi ASX (2122).

The RAV4 (1639), which is also in runout, saw an 11 percent drop, while the LandCruiser (1804), which includes both the 200 and 76 Series models, dropped by just 0.9 percent.

 

Sales by segment, February 2019

Passenger car - 27,151

SUV - 37,292

Light Commercial - 19,831

 

Top-5 models by popular segment

Model                          Feb 2019         YTD

 

Micro/Light cars

FEB ‘19

YTD

 

Hyundai Accent

1232

2879

Mazda 2

1028

2009

Toyota Yaris

684

1593

Suzuki Swift

657

1254

Honda Jazz

446

1111

 

Small cars

FEB ‘19

YTD

 

Mazda 3       

 2655   

5486

Toyota Corolla 

2070  

4487

Hyundai i30   

  1929   

3820

Kia Cerato   

 1568  

  2994

Volkswagen Golf 

 1153

 2384

 

Medium/large cars

FEB ‘19

YTD

 

Toyota Camry

    1286    

2535

Holden Commodore 

 576   

979

Mazda 6      

 252  

525

Kia Stinger 

  158 

 288

Ford Mondeo

 106  

158

 

Small SUVs 

FEB ‘19

YTD

 

Mitsubishi ASX     

   2122 

3940

Mazda CX-3

1188  

 2496

Honda HR-V  

1025 

 2068

Qashqai   

  860 

 1694

Toyota C-HR   

719

 1505

 

Medium SUVs

FEB ‘19

YTD

Mazda CX-5 

  2357 

 4707

Toyota RAV4 

  1639  

  3439

Mitsubishi Outlander

1524 

   2838

Nissan X-Trail 

1420

 2939

Honda CR-V  

  1266

  2312

 

Large SUVs

FEB ‘19

YTD

Toyota Prado     

1569

2919

 

Toyota Kluger      

 1000

 1945

Subaru Outback    

698 

  1245

Isuzu MU-X 

654

 1135

Hyundai Santa Fe    

 512

  1083

 

Utes/Pickups

FEB ‘19

YTD

Toyota Hilux

4431 

 8382 

Ford Ranger  

3377 

5941

Mitsubishi Triton      

 3155

4849

Holden Colorado

1302   

2846

Isuzu D-MAX  

1195  

2054