The sales figures for May 2016 are in and the Toyota HiLux is back on top, with the Ford Ranger a relative handful of sales away in second place.
Is the Ranger on it’s way to becoming Australia’s most popular 4X4 Ute in 2016?
The lead swapped again in May with the Toyota HiLux pipping the Ford Ranger to the post by just 119 units giving it a 310 unit lead over the Ranger in year to date sales. That’s as good as neck to neck, as we know Ranger can pummel HiLux when stock levels are high and the stars are in alignment, as was proven in April.
Old man Pajero was the other notable performer, with 632 units sold in May, up from 452 in May 2015. Not bad for an old bus that is considered well past it’s use by date and just goes to show that buyers will choose a well proven older platform if the price is right.
Jeep…Jeep…Jeep. We’ve reported on the Jeep sales saga the previous two months and the news in May is that the Jeep sales slide continues.
When compared to May 2015 sales;
Grand Cherokee sales are down from 988 to 431 units, a drop of 56 per-cent
Cherokee sales are down from 602 to 136 units, a drop of 77 per-cent
Wrangler sales are down from 184 to 98 units, a drop of 47 per-cent
Patriot sales are down from 130 to 72 units, a drop of 45 per-cent
We’ve previously contacted Jeep Australia to get their take on this reversal of fortune but have yet to receive a response.
It’s looking more and more likely that growing concerns regarding their reliability and a recent spate of recalls is having a negative effect on sales.
The final tally
For most other manufacturers May wasn’t a bad month, with 4X4 sales for the period totaling 19,271 units, close to a 10,000 unit improvement on the previous May.
May saw 96,672 motor vehicles sold in Australia and 20 per-cent of those vehicles were 4X4s.
One in five new vehicles sold in Australia is a 4X4.
|MAKE/MODEL||MAY 2016||MAY 2015||YEAR TO DATE|
|Ford Ranger 4X4||2617||1916||11789|
|Nissan Navara 4X4||1501||790||5904|
|Holden Colorado 4X4||1279||1335||6095|
|Mitsubishi Triton 4X4||1259||2262||7571|
|Toyota LandCruiser Wagon||982||826||4486|
|Isuzu UTE D-MAX 4X4||929||949||4367|
|Mazda BT-50 4X4||804||711||3863|
|Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series||652||640||2833|
|Isuzu UTE MU-X||532||520||2783|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||431||988||3131|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||430||0||1875|
|Land Rover Discovery Sport||293||145||1832|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||281||260||1321|
|Holden Colorado 7||220||142||1188|
|Land Rover Discovery||194||162||1187|
|Suzuki Grand Vitara||157||216||752|
|Nissan Patrol Wagon||151||132||681|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||106||123||516|
|Foton Tunland 4X4||60||96||294|
|Land Rover Range Rover||46||30||213|
|Nissan Patrol Ute||25||38||103|
|RAM Laramie 4X4||20||0||103|
|Mercedes-Benz G Class||11||10||46|
|Land Rover Defender||8||64||375|
|Ssangyong Actyon Sports||1||13||22|