NEW VEHICLE NEWS: 4X4s and SUVs driving new vehicle growth

Typical passenger cars are more and more on the nose in Australia, with record amounts of people moving across to SUVs and 4X4s. Where passenger car sales have slumped 6.8% this year, SUVs are up 5.4% (with medium SUVs jumping 16.4%); and 4X4 utes also bouncing 9.5% in total.

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Ford’s Ranger is still building a steady sales lead over the HiLux in the 4X4 ute race, with 18,563 and 17,140 sales racked up respectively. Following that is the Triton (10,318), Colorado (9,603) Navara (7,373) and D-Max (6,127). Then follows the Mazda BT-50 (4,746), Volkswagen Amarok (4,361) and 70 Series LandCruiser (4,142).

There’s a strong fight brewing between the Isuzu MU-X and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, who are going toe-to-toe with 3,759 and 3,899 each. Toyota’s LandCruiser Prado has gone back to dominance (8,657), well ahead of the almost-dead Pajero (2,076), Ford Everest (2,120) and beleaguered Jeep Grand Cherokee (2,799).

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