Toyota HiLux ute is Australia’s best-selling car for the seventh consecutive year in 2022.
Not since Holden Commodore’s 15-match winning streak over a decade ago has a nameplate dominated the market for so long.
The last time a new motor vehicle hit the 60,000 mark in a calendar year in Australia was in 2005, when the Holden Commodore topped the charts; The Ford Falcon last crossed this milestone in 2004. An astonishing achievement amid out-of-stock, production delays and transportation bottlenecks, the Toyota HiLux eclipsed the previous annual record at the end of October 2022, when two months of the year remained.
Toyota HiLux also set a new record in Australia for four-wheel drive vehicle sales in a calendar year. The number of 47,329 Toyota HiLux 4×4 units eclipsed the previous record set the previous year by the Ford Ranger.
The Ford Ranger lost 4×4 sales last year amid the shift to a new model.
After the 4×4 variants of the Ford Ranger outsold the 4×4 variants of the Toyota HiLux in the previous four or five years, the Toyota HiLux regained the title it had held for decades. Despite the defeat, the Ford Ranger finished second in the Australian new car sales race for the sixth year in a row in 2022.
The Mitsubishi Triton set an all-time sales record in 2022 – with 27,426 units sold and surpassing the Isuzu D-Max after making up for lost stock due to chronic out-of-stock the previous year.
Indeed, the Mitsubishi Triton eclipsed the previous annual sales record in Australia at the end of November 2022, with a month left of the year.
The Toyota LandCruiser 70 series (which has a two-year waiting list and has been temporarily discontinued) had 11,390 units delivered, a decrease of 7.2% amid continued production constraints.
Nissan Navara sales have reversed amid production disruptions – and an increase in cars from China – with 10,526 units sold in 2022, down 30.4% year-on-year and the result Lowest annual result since record keeping. The Isuzu D-Max slipped last year (down 3.1%), but tight supply hit the Mazda BT-50 twin hardest (down 17.4%).
After closely racing in the 2021 sales race, Great Wall Motors outsold Chinese rival LDV for the second year in a row.
Although the pair are less than 200 sales apart in 2021, Great Wall Motors has extended its lead over LDV in 2022 (7,806 versus 5,959 vehicles delivered). The result was a 13% year-over-year gain for Great Wall Motors and an 11.1% decline for LDV, which has struggled with supply.
Demand for American pickups remains off the charts, with the Ram 1500 outselling its closest rival, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, by nearly three to one (5,481 vs 1,823).
Ram Trucks Australia posted an Australian all-time record of 6,149 vehicles in 2022 (up 52.8%) when heavy-duty variants are included, compared to a total Chevrolet pickup truck fleet of 2,399 for the year. The strong U.S. pickup sales results should be welcomed by Ford and Toyota, both of which plan to launch their full-size models — the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra — later this year.
The SsangYong Musso ute has hit a sales record in Australia after three consecutive years of growth, despite a question mark over the future of the struggling South Korean carmaker.
However, dealers say their confidence in the undervalued brand has been restored after new owners took it over from the brink of bankruptcy last year.
The Jeep Gladiator posted a surprising increase in sales (up 9.7%) despite a series of strong price increases throughout the year.
Sales of the Volkswagen Amarok have slowed since it went on sale in 2011 amid the transition from the old model to the new Ford Ranger-based model expected to hit local showrooms. in April 2023. Here’s how each car ranked in last year’s sales race – and their performance over the past decade.