The Japanese brand sold 2660 4x4 Hiluxes in July, 60 more sales than the Blue Oval could muster with its 4x4 Ranger (2600), giving it an edge of 81 extra YTD sales.
The Mitsubishi Triton continues its stranglehold of third spot on the 4x4 annual charts, with 13,376 sales, 2674 sales ahead of the best-selling wagon: Toyota’s Prado.
Compared to the same time last year, most 4x4 models in the top 10 YTD charts have shown considerable sales growth: the Hilux is up 9.8 per cent; the Ranger up 3.0 per cent; the Triton up 14.9 per cent; the Prado up 8.4 per cent; the Land Cruiser wagon up 11.4 per cent; the D-Max up 6.7 per cent; and the Land Cruiser PU/CC up a whopping 24.2 per cent. Only the Colorado (-8.8 per cent), Navara (-6.9 per cent) and BT-50 (-3.2 per cent) have had poorer years.
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Despite a 7.8 per cent decline in overall sales for the month of July – compared to July 2017 – the LCV market produced a minor gain of 0.1 per cent. 4x4 pick-ups also continue to buck the declining sales trend, showing a 6.4 per cent increase.
In a continuation of dual-cab dominance on the overall sales charts, the Hilux and Ranger– when you combine 4x4 and 4x2 sales – also occupy the top two spots on the podium. The Hilux with 3747 monthly sales and the Ranger with 2950 sales – the next best is the venerable Corolla with 2594 sales.