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Australia’s new motor vehicle sales achieved a best-ever monthly result in June, according to motor industry statistical service VFACTS.
Sales of Sports Utility Vehicles (we hate that term) and light commercials were the driving force behind the record June result. SUV sales were up by 11.7 per cent over June 2016, and light commercials by 12.2 per cent. In comparison, passenger vehicle sales were down by 5.9 per cent compared with the same month last year.
The popularity of 4X4 vehicles continues to power the market along, with 29,002 new 4X4 vehicles being sold in June, significantly eclipsing the 24,803 4X4 sales racked up in June 2016.
4X4 Ute Sales – Year-To-Date
1 – Ford Ranger – 18,563
2 – Toyota HiLux – 17,140
3 – Mitsubishi Triton – 10,318
4 – Holden Colorado – 9,603
5 – Nissan Navara – 7,373
6 – Isuzu UTE D-MAX – 6,127
7 – Mazda BT-50 – 4,746
8 – Volkswagen Amarok – 4,361
9 – Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series – 4,142
10 – Foton Tunland – 320
The winners in June
Let’s forget about the Ranger for a moment (we know some of you will struggle with this!) and have a look at the Isuzu UTE Australia range, which powered through June setting records for both the D-MAX ute (1,743 sales) and the MU-X wagon (1,178 sales).
Isuzu D-MAX 4X4 sales were up 646 units – compared to June 2016 – helping cement the 4X4 ute range’s number 6 place on the 4X4 utes sales chart. The MU-X wagon was up 466 sales over the same period, pushing it ahead of the ute based wagons sector conquering Pajero Sport in June and placing it just 140 sales behind the Pajero Sport overall year-to-date.
Significantly updated versions of the D-MAX and MU-X were released earlier this year, introducing a host of changes that included 6-speed gearboxes and improved levels of comfort, performance and efficiency. The new product seems to be striking a cord with buyers.
Once again, the Ford Ranger (4,449 sales) is leading the charge and with a year-to-date lead over the Toyota HiLux (3,938 sales) of 1,423 sales, it’s time to start getting used to the idea that the big Ford is going to take line honours this year and that’s gonna be a big deal in this country.
Other notable performances include the resurgent Jeep Grand Cherokee (730 sales) and Jeep Wrangler (161 sales), proof that backing your product with a solid warranty and letting your customers know that you’ll get them “there and back”, sells cars. Mitsubishi may find that its obscure Limited Lifetime Warranty has the opposite effect, which would be a shame as their more recent 4X4 product is particularly good.
Toyota’s Prado (1,971 sales) continues it’s traditionally strong showing, taking fifth place overall in June and a solid fifth place overall in the year to date table.
Again, it’s worth noting that of the top ten best selling 4X4s in June, four were Toyotas and they accounted for 8,080 – or 34 per cent – of the 21,305 sales recorded.
The losers in June
There weren’t a whole lot of losers in June with most models either improving on their June 2016 performance, or at least being within spitting distance of it.
Suzuki’s Grand Vitara (103 sales) isn’t enjoying a great year, with year-to-date sales down 54 per cent, compared to the same period last year. It’s a great little 4X4, but it’s thirsty compared to the competition and there’s an all new one on the horizon.
The Haval H9 (9 sales), despite its handsome looks and serious 4X4 capability appears to be ‘failing to launch’ with just 33 units sold so far this year.
Land Rover’s Discovery (8 sales) is looking like a loser, but that’s just old Disco 4 stock being sold out before the all-new Discovery goes on sale in Australia at the start of next month. With 600 pre-ordered, it will only be supply that will keep a lid on new Disco sales.
Overall there were 134,171 new vehicles sold in June, of which 29,002 or 21.6 per cent were 4X4s.
4X4 SALES JUNE 2017
|MAKE/MODEL||JUNE 2017||JUNE 2016||YTD | 17||YTD | 16|
|Ford Ranger 4X4||18,563||15,266|
|Mitsubishi Triton 4X4||10,318||10,104|
|Holden Colorado 4X4||9,603||8,397|
|Nissan Navara 4X4||7,373||7,223|
|Isuzu UTE D-MAX 4X4||6,127||5,464|
|Toyota LandCruiser Wagon||6,451||5,328|
|Isuzu UTE MU-X||3,759||3,495|
|Mazda BT-50 4X4||4,746||5,178|
|Toyota LandCruiser PU/CC||4,142||3,498|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||2,799||3,728|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||3,899||2,564|
|Land Rover Discovery Sport||2,514||2,256|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||1,619||1,617|
|Suzuki Grand Vitara||420||906|
|Nissan Patrol Wagon||543||865|
|Land Rover Range Rover||242||260|
|RAM Laramie 4X4||170||146|
|Mercedes-Benz G Class / G-Wagen||99||136|
|Great Wall Steed||111||0|
|Land Rover Discovery||235||1,498|
|Nissan Patrol Ute||99||129|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||94||645|
|Foton Tunland 4X4||320||360|
|Land Rover Defender||3||379|
|Ssangyong Actyon Sports||1||22|