Australia’s new car sales market last month proved that the swing to SUVs and 4X4s looks to be a permanent one.
After the segment outsold conventional passenger cars for the first time in February, VFACTs reports that SUVs again managed to find more buyers in March for the second month in succession.
Toyota’s HiLux was the best-seller overall, followed by the Ford Ranger. But considering 4WD units alone once again sees the Ranger top the tables with 3304 sales – 189 sales clear of the HiLux.
The Ranger and HiLux have plenty of clear air between them and the rest, but pickup models also filled the next three places on the 4WD sales ladder.
Mitsubishi’s Triton took home the bronze with 2350 sales, followed by the Holden Colorado (1671 sales) and Nissan Navara (1409 sales).
Best-of-the-rest for 4WD pickups was the Isuzu D-Max in eighth place on 1132 sales, Mazda’s BT-50 in tenth on 856 sales, and the 12th-placed Volkswagen Amarok on 691 sales. Toyota’s LandCruiser 70 Series was ahead of the Amarok in 11th, but sales for the wagon and pickup are combined (817 in total).
The battle of the pickup-based SUVs continues to intrigue, but Mitsubishi seems to have struck a balance with buyers as the Pajero Sport is building a comfortable lead.
Almost 1000 (975 to be exact) Pajero Sports found new homes in March. The wagon – which now includes seven seats, rear air conditioning vents and an automatic transmission as standard – outsold the next-best Isuzu MU-X by 258 units.
The Holden Trailblazer (336 sales), Ford Everest (321) and Toyota Fortuner (177) are grouped together on the sales ladder, but the introduction of a new rear-wheel-drive entry-level Everest could see sales for the Ford increase over the next few surveys.
For Toyota, the 177 sales for the Fortuner in March is probably below what the Japanese carmaker was expecting, but the HiLux-based wagon competes with Large SUV sales-leaders Prado (1383 sales) and Kluger (1159) for the attention of Toyota buyers.
Hiding further down the sales charts are some success stories in March for the likes of RAM Trucks, which sold an impressive 40 units last month.
As Great Wall continues to rebuild in Australia, the Steed pickup found 21 buyers. Suzuki appears to have found some more Jimnys in the warehouse with 36 sales putting it back on the map for 2017 after just one sale each was recorded for February and January.
Overall sales for 2017 to the end of March sees the Ranger extend its lead over the HiLux to 1111 sales, with Triton in third place on 5075 units.
A total of 23,156 4WDs were sold in Australia last month.
4X4 SALES MARCH 2017
|MAKE/MODEL||Mar-17||Mar-16||YTD | 17||YTD | 16|
|Ford Ranger 4X4||3,304||2,485||8,022||6,638|
|Mitsubishi Triton 4X4||2,350||2,303||5,075||5,191|
|Holden Colorado 4X4||1,671||1,177||4,102||3,746|
|Nissan Navara 4X4||1,409||882||3,142||3,607|
|Toyota LandCruiser Wagon||1,194||791||2,851||2,155|
|Isuzu UTE D-MAX 4X4||1,132||1,262||2,221||2,737|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||975||425||2,158||1,157|
|Mazda BT-50 4X4||856||814||2,312||2,369|
|Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series||817||609||1,806||1,548|
|Isuzu UTE MU-X||650||717||1,537||1,720|
|Land Rover Discovery Sport||575||488||1,467||1,258|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||525||637||1,129||2,086|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||388||315||1,035||780|
|Nissan Patrol Wagon||109||136||354||413|
|Land Rover Discovery||73||255||209||832|
|Land Rover Range Rover||65||51||140||126|
|Suzuki Grand Vitara||60||182||191||482|
|Foton Tunland 4X4||41||70||149||182|
|RAM Laramie 4X4||40||20||72||54|
|Nissan Patrol Ute||25||19||82||65|
|Great Wall Steed||21||0||50||0|
|Mercedes-Benz G Class||15||20||36||59|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||10||112||82||285|
|Land Rover Defender||1||124||3||359|
|Ssangyong Actyon Sports||0||5||1||21|