Buyers shrugged off the non-event federal election and bought up big in June 2016. It was a record month for car sales in general and a strong month for 4X4 sales.
Ranger once again led the pack, with the big Ford finding 3,477 new homes in June, just pipping the HiLux, with 3,385 sales, to the post.
Only 218 sales separate the 4X4 HiLux and Ranger so far this year.
Besides Ranger and HiLux, the big performer was the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, with 689 units sold in June. In previous months the Pajero Sport has managed to maintain a slim margin over its arch-nemesis the Toyota Fortuna, but this changed with a leap in sales pushing it to position 12 on the table, enough to make it the top selling 4X4 SUV in Australia.
With the recent announcement that the Pajero Sport will now come with seven-seats in GLS and Exceed trim, and its competitive pricing, it won’t be easy for the Fortuna to claw back the Sports sales lead.
Jeep’s continuing poor sales performance has been matched by the falling fortunes of Holden’s Colorado 7, which dropped from 353 sales in June 2015 to just 92 sales last month. It might be a supply issue, or canny buyers are sitting back waiting for the much improved 2017 Trailblazer replacement to arrive later this year.
The diminutive Suzuki Jimny, loved by all but too small for most, also saw sales drop from 105 units in June 2015 to just 33 units last month.
Jeep’s woes continue as the brand struggles to recover from reliability issues, seemingly continual recalls and internal ‘re-structuring’ locally.
Compared to June 2015;
Grand Cherokee sales are down from 1125 to 597 units, a drop of 47 per-cent
Cherokee sales are down from 758 to 180 units, a drop of 76 per-cent
Wrangler sales are down from 233 to 132 units, a drop of 43 per-cent
Patriot sales are down from 161 to 82 units, a drop of 49 per-cent
The final tally
4X4 sales for the period totaled a hefty 24,472 units, almost line-ball the 24,395 4X4s sold in June 2015.
June saw a record 124,569 motor vehicles sold in Australia and 19.6 per-cent of those vehicles were 4X4s.
One in five new vehicles sold in Australia is a 4X4.
|Ford Ranger 4X4||3477||2647||15266|
|Mitsubishi Triton 4X4||2533||2982||10104|
|Holden Colorado 4X4||2302||2116||8397|
|Nissan Navara 4X4||1319||1133||7223|
|Mazda BT-50 4X4||1315||830||5178|
|Isuzu UTE D-MAX 4X4||1097||1466||5464|
|Toyota LandCruiser Wagon||842||888||5328|
|Isuzu UTE MU-X||712||771||3495|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||689||0||2564|
|Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series||665||724||3498|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||597||1125||3728|
|Land Rover Discovery Sport||424||195||2256|
|Land Rover Discovery||311||218||1498|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||296||293||1617|
|Nissan Patrol Wagon||184||122||865|
|Suzuki Grand Vitara||154||231||906|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||129||145||645|
|Holden Colorado 7||92||353||1280|
|Foton Tunland 4X4||66||85||360|
|Land Rover Range Rover||47||39||260|
|RAM Laramie 4X4||43||0||146|
|Nissan Patrol Ute||26||52||129|
|Land Rover Defender||8||76||379|
|Mercedes-Benz G Class||6||3||52|
|Ssangyong Actyon Sports||0||7||22|