Australia’s new car market took a downward turn in April, but the 4X4 segment was buoyed by the healthy pickup segment.
A familiar pattern for 2017 to date saw the Toyota HiLux take top spot on the sales ladder, followed by its now closest rival – the Ford Ranger.
But in a mirror of March’s 4X4 sales figures, the situation is reversed when 4X4 sales are considered alone.
Toyota’s 2WD HiLux accounted for roughly 20 percent of the April total (3430 sales), but the 4WD ‘Lux was 101 sales behind the 4WD Ranger.
The gap between the pair allowed Ford to grow its lead in the overall 4X4 sales race for 2017, with the Ranger now 664 units ahead after four months.
Behind the leading pair, Holden’s Colorado had a very strong April further emphasising the market’s preference for pickups last month.
The Holden finished third for 4X4 sales with 1622 units, but the model also managed an unusual eight place in the overall sales race.
Also bucking the trend was Toyota’s LandCruiser, which finished one place behind the Colorado in ninth (overall) with wagon and pickup sales combined.
In isolation, the LandCruiser wagons were seventh on the 4X4 sales chart (1032 sales) with the pickup finishing tenth (597).
Toyota’s Prado continues to dominate the large SUV segment, earning it top spot with 1301 sales and a fourth placing for 4X4 sales.
Rounding out the top five was the Mitsubishi Triton, while the rest of the top-ten comprised the Nissan Navara (1103 sales, sixth), Isuzu’s D-Max (921 sales, eighth) and the Mazda BT-50 (617 sales, ninth).
At the lower end of the sales list, Great Wall’s Steed managed another 20 sales in April, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class chalked up the same amount and a disappointing six sales were recorded for the Land Rover Discovery.
Two models heading for retirement as we know them – the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Jeep Compass -managed nine and one unit/s respectively, while the Haval H9 recorded four sales ahead of a 2018 update which was recently detailed by the Chinese carmaker.
A total of 17,307 4X4s were sold in April, down just 18 on the same month last year.
4X4 SALES APRIL 2017
|MAKE/MODEL||Apr-17||Apr-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|