Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Rav4: Australia’s top selling new cars for 2022 revealed


Australia’s top 10 selling cars revealed – and the list proves we still love large SUVs and diesel-thirsty utes

  • Toyota Hi-Lux named Australia’s biggest-selling new car for the 7th year in a row
  • Across all models Toyota sold twice as many cars as the next two biggest brands
  • Top 10 list makes it clear that Aussies still love big, ‘thirsty’ vehicles  over electric

The top 10 selling new cars in Australia for 2022 have been revealed and the list is dominated by diesel-thirsty utes and four-wheel drives.

Toyota’s HiLux was named the biggest seller in sales data released on Thursday in a double win for the Japanese giant, which was also Australia’s most popular brand. 

Sales of its various models accounted for a huge 21.4 per cent of all new car sales. 

It was the seventh-straight year the HiLux ute was the biggest seller, having dethroned the ultra-reliable and once untouchable Toyota Corolla back in 2016.

Toyota’s HiLux was named the biggest-seller in sales data released on Thursday in a double win for the Japanese giant, which was also Australia’s most popular brand

The American Ford Ranger ute was the second highest-seller in Australia

The American Ford Ranger ute was the second highest-seller in Australia

For 2022 the HiLux beat Ford’s Ranger ute, the second highest-seller, with another Toyota third, the mid-sized SUV, RAV4.

Mitsubishi’s Triton ute was fourth and another mid-sized SUV, Mazda’s CX-5, fifth. 

Toyota’s sales for 2022 outnumbered those of the next two biggest-selling brands combined. Those were Mazda and Kia.

The figures show Australia’s love affair with utes continues and that it’s also offsetting the growth in electric vehicle sales. 

Another Toyota was the third biggest seller, the mid-sized SUV, RAV4

Another Toyota was the third biggest seller, the mid-sized SUV, RAV4

The new car sales data confirmed Australia's love affair with big vehicles is far from over. Mitsubishi's Triton was the fourth-top seller for 2022

The new car sales data confirmed Australia’s love affair with big vehicles is far from over. Mitsubishi’s Triton was the fourth-top seller for 2022

TOP-SELLING NEW CAR MODELS OF 2022

  1. Toyota HiLux
  2. Ford Ranger
  3. Toyota RAV4
  4. Mitsubishi Triton
  5. Mazda CX-5
  6. Toyota Corolla
  7. Toyota Landcruiser
  8. Isuzu ute D-max
  9.  MG ZS
  10.  Hyundai i.30

 

The top-selling auto brands:

  1. Toyota
  2. Mazda
  3. Kia
  4. Mitsubishi
  5. Hyundai
  6. Ford
  7. MG
  8. Subaru
  9. Isuzu ute
  10. Volkswagen 

Source: FCAI 

 

In August, Tesla’s Model 3 sedan outsold Toyota’s LandCruiser as it cracked the top five list of new cars for the month.

But over the full year a familiar picture emerged.

SUVs and light commercial vehicles accounted for 76.8 per cent of all sales and comprised eight of the top 10 vehicles. 

Four utes are in the top 10, while big family SUVs, Toyota Prado and LandCruiser are also on the list.

Most of the rest of the top 10 are medium-sized SUVs.

Battery electric vehicles accounted for just 3.1 per cent of sales. 

Tony Weber, chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, which released the list, expects large vehicles will dominate the new car market again this year.

‘This has been something that’s been going on for at least 60 years in Australia,’ he told news.com.au.

‘We’ve always driven large cars by international standards.’ 

Mr Weber believes our preference for big cars presents the government with ‘a real challenge’.

Unlike Europe, Australia doesn’t have a mandated CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger vehicles.

Such targets would face resistance from buyers who do not want to downsize from utes and SUVs.

There is only one electric ute on sale in Australia, LDV’s dual-cab eT60. 

It costs more than $90,000 and has limited range and towing ability. 

The other huge challenge to ute and SUV lovers is that looming ban on petrol and diesel vehicles, expected around 2035.

The world’s push towards being carbon neutral by 2050 has seen policymakers, research institutes and even insurance companies calling for new petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned before 2035 could see the end of the vehicles altogether. 

The sales results also showed Australia’s new car industry has bounced back strongly from a slow start to 2022. 

Since August, new car sales have been up more than 15 per cent compared to the same period in 2021.

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