Australia’s best-selling hybrids and plug-in hybrids of 2022

Australia's best-selling hybrids and plug-in hybrids of 2022

Toyota continued to dominate sales of hybrid cars in Australia last year – but a number of rivals are also in the running. Here are the best-selling hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2022.


A record 121,000 ‘electrified’ vehicles – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powered – were sold in Australia in 2022, an increase of a third from the previous year.

While electric cars make most of the headlines, hybrid vehicles are more popular in Australia with 81,786 reported sales – compared to 33,410 electric vehicles and 5937 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

Tesla and Toyota remain leaders in their respective segments — the former representing nearly three in five electric cars sold and the latter nearly nine in ten hybrid vehicles sold.



As reported last week, if Toyota hybrid cars were a standalone brand, they would be the sixth best seller overall. The 2022 result means Toyota has sold a total of more than 315,000 hybrid vehicles in Australia over the past two decades.

While Toyota dominates the hybrid car market – and was among the top 7 best-selling hybrid vehicles locally last year – there are a growing number of other makes and models joining the competition.

These include conventional hybrids and a range of plug-in hybrids – nearly 6,000 of which were sold last year, up 76 percent from the 3,400 reported sold last year.



Here’s a breakdown of the best selling hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Australia over the past year.

Data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reports that 81,786 conventional hybrid vehicles (non-plug-in) were sold in Australia in 2022 – up 16 per cent from the previous year when 70,466 were sold.

Toyota remains the market leader, selling a record 72,815 hybrids – up 12 percent year-on-year and 89 percent of all conventional hybrid cars sold.



Hybrids accounted for 31.5 percent of Toyota vehicles reported as sold last year — or 70 percent of the 10 model lines for which hybrid power was available.

As a result, the top six selling hybrid vehicles in Australia last year were all Toyotas: the RAV4 (26,547 sales), Corolla (17,585), Kluger (8413), Camry (7654), Yaris Cross (6394), C-HR (3517) and the newly introduced Corolla Cross (1984).

The seventh vehicle will be built by Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus with the mid-size SUV NX, which has sold 1,398 units.



The best-selling conventional hybrid vehicle in the past year Not Built by Toyota or Lexus was the mid-size family SUV GWM Haval H6 from China with 1194 sales – followed by the Kia Niro (1153), Subaru Forester (882) and the smaller GWM Haval Jolion (755).

The vehicle with the highest share of hybrid sales – excluding hybrid-only cars – was the Toyota Camry sedan (80.2 percent), ahead of the Corolla Cross (77.4 percent), RAV4 (76.2 percent) , Yaris Cross (75.8 percent). percent) and Kia Niro (72 percent).

Among the top 10, the percentage of Toyota RAV4, Corolla, Kluger, Yaris Cross SUV, Lexus NX, Kia Niro and Subaru Forester vehicles sold as hybrids increased in 2022 compared to 2021 – while it decreased for the Toyota Camry (83.9 up 80.2 per percent) and Toyota C-HR (46.7 to 44.1 percent).



But because C-HR sales are up year-on-year in 2022, more C-HR hybrids came off showrooms than in 2021 (3,520 in 2022 vs. 3,070 in 2021, rounded). Camry Hybrid sales fell by about 1500 cars as the entire Camry lineup fell 27 percent.

It’s worth noting that the hybrid sales shares listed in the chart are year-round for consistency – which may penalize some vehicles that added hybrid options throughout the year.

These include the Haval H6 (hybrid introduced April, true sales share 20 percent), Haval Jolion (September, true share 17 percent), Honda HR-V (March, 11 percent), Hyundai Santa Fe (31 percent) and Honda Civic ( 43 percent).

Sales data also lists 113 Nissan X-Trail e-Power hybrids as sold – but are believed to be dealer demonstrator or Nissan Australia media evaluation vehicles, as the hybrid X-Trail won’t be official for several weeks up for sale.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales in Australia in 2022

Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Australia rose 76 per cent year-on-year to 5,937 cars in 2022 – but they remain dwarfed when compared to conventional hybrid and pure electric vehicle sales.

The best-selling PHEV of 2022 was the MG HS Plus EV with 1554 sales – almost 70 percent more than the second-placed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV (926 sales, up 304 percent).



In 2021, the PHEV sales leader was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (592 sales), just ahead of the MG HS Plus EV (580 sales), launched in March 2021.

But a lack of inventory between old and new models (the latter goes on sale in August) – and a full year of sales for the MG – dropped the Outlander PHEV to fifth place with 303 sales.

The Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV and the Mercedes-Benz GLC300e finished third and fourth in the overall standings – after the two cars finished third in 2021.

But while sales of the Volvo in 2022 were up 92 percent year-on-year, sales of the Mercedes-Benz rose just 18 percent as stocks of the phased-out model dry up ahead of next year’s new model — that wins. not offer a PHEV option.

The models with the highest proportion of plug-in hybrid sales are the Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV (21.2 percent), the Mini Countryman Hybrid (19.6 percent), the Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV (17.1 percent), the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV (15.5 percent). percent) and Peugeot 508 PHEV (14.6 percent).

The BMW X3 xDrive30e (622 percent) recorded the highest year-on-year sales growth in 2022 – albeit from a low base, as the vehicle only went on sale a few weeks before the end of 2021.



New hybrids and plug-in hybrids are coming in 2023

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars coming to Australia this year include:

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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