Suzuki Jimny posts record sales in Australia as the Japanese marque hits a nine-year high

Suzuki Jimny posts record sales in Australia as the Japanese marque hits a nine-year high

The tiny four-wheel-drive Suzuki Jimny has hit an all-time high in Australia as the Japanese company shrugs off semiconductor shortages to post its best result in nearly a decade.


The 4WD Suzuki Jimmy has defied the odds and continued to rocket up the Australian new car sales chart after posting four record straight years.

Despite semiconductor shortages, Suzuki Jimny sales have quadrupled over the past four years while the rest of the auto sector has held steady.

According to the 2022 new car sales figures published by the Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry, more than 5,600 Suzuki Jimnys were reported sold last year.



The figure represents a 70 percent increase over the previous year – and is more than double the number of examples reported as sold in 2020.

Despite record production – and allocation – of the Suzuki Jimny for Australia, wait times are still typically three to six months.

drive understands that the longest delivery delays are currently for automatic variants, however Suzuki has received increased shipments of the 3-door Jimny from Japan over the past 12 months.



Suzuki Jimny sales growth in Australia is expected to continue this year as the five-door version – unveiled yesterday at Auto Expo in India – joins the current three-door model from the second half of this year.

The Suzuki Jimny’s sales record also boosted the Japanese brand’s overall sales in Australia.

Suzuki reported more than 21,500 new car sales in Australia last year, up 23.5 percent in a market that grew 3.0 percent.



It was Suzuki Australia’s highest tally since 2013, although the 2022 figure was still 13 per cent below the 2010 record.

Apart from the arrival of the five-door Suzuki Jimny in the second half of 2023, things will be business as usual for the Japanese brand this year.

Most of the Suzuki vehicle lineup is scheduled to be overhauled in 2024 and 2025.



Exact arrival dates are yet to be confirmed, but if history is any guide, new generation models of the popular Suzuki Swift Hatch and Suzuki Vitara SUV are due within the next two to three years.

Selling Suzuki Jimny in Australia

  • 2022: 5697 (70 percent)
  • 2021: 3350 (up 40 percent)
  • 2020: 2368 (up 70 percent)
  • 2019: 1391 (new model)
  • 2018: 110 (old model)
  • 2017: 101
  • 2016: 514
  • 2015: 1098
  • 2014: 568
  • 2013: 947
  • 2012: 958
  • 2011: 594
  • 2010: 759
  • 2009: 820
  • 2008: 978
  • 2007: 738
  • 2006: 559
  • 2005: 493
  • 2004: 450
  • 2003:515
  • 2002:614
  • 2001:874
  • 2000: 921
  • 1999: 1275
  • 1998: 191

Suzuki Australia new car sales

  • 2022: 21,578, up 23.5 percent
  • 2021: 17,468
  • 2020: 15,586
  • 2019: 17,310
  • 2018: 17,601
  • 2017: 19,256
  • 2016: 19,495
  • 2015: 19,086
  • 2014: 17,422
  • 2013: 22,075
  • 2012: 24,057
  • 2011: 23,778
  • 2010: 24,789 (record)
  • 2009: 20,298
  • 2008: 22,523
  • 2007: 21,575
  • 2006: 15,798
  • 2005: 13,794
  • 2004:7206
  • 2003: 7025
  • 2002: 6854
  • 2001:7021
  • 2000:6387
  • 1999: 7950
  • 1998: 8413
  • 1997: 9899
  • 1996: 10,814

Source: Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry, data center Drive.com.au.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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