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Leading the Charge on the Road Ahead

Publish Date: 9/1/2018

Welcome to 2018! Are you feeling prepared for the year ahead? The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has released a comprehensive review of the 2017 vehicle sales data which we have summarised below. If you know what’s on the road, you will know what to expect, hopefully leaving you a little more prepared for the year ahead. 

The Australian market is making a strong shift away from the classic sedan and hatchback towards the work ute, with utes accounting for one in five new vehicle sales and taking out the top three most popular vehicles of 2017.

The top selling vehicle for 2017 was the Toyota HiLux, with 47,093 new HiLuxes cruising into Australian garages, closely followed by the Ford Ranger of which 42,728 new vehicles were sold. The Mitsubishi Triton took out the bronze podium with 23,605 sales.

Both the HiLux and Ranger experienced a 20% uplift on 2016 and the light commercial segment as a whole grew by 8.6%.

Despite the workhorses taking out the top three spots, you can still expect to see plenty of small passenger vehicles hitting your workshop as this remains the largest segment, accounting for 220,149 sales in 2017.

The top three passenger cars were the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30, allowing Toyota to retain its 15 year title of top selling brand in Australia.

Of the mainstream brands, Kia experienced the greatest growth with an increase of 28% over 2016 and petrol vehicles still outweigh diesel with a 64/35% split.

Despite the growing popularity of SUVs, the top five vehicle list was void of any SUV models, however the mid-sized SUV market grew by 13.6%, so don’t expect to see this trend backing off. Leading the pack are the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

Whilst we can’t predict the future, taking a good look at what we know about the past can set us up for a year of fewer surprises. Armed with the knowledge that the Australian market is honing in on utes and light commercial vehicles provides an opportunity to ensure your business offering includes 4WD accessories and lighting and the knowledge that the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 top out the biggest vehicle class might help you decide which parts to stock up on when on sale.

Whatever you take from this, we wish you all the best for a safe and successful 2018.



Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

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