Top 10 new cars in each Australian state and territory

Top 10 new cars in each Australian state and territory

A breakdown of Australia’s most popular new cars across all eight states and territories has been unearthed ahead of the year-end.

The automotive industry publishes national new car sales data monthly – model by model and brand by brand. However, it only tells part of the story.

Thanks to additional data from the Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry (FCAI) journey may reveal the top 10 new car sales in each state and territory so far this year – from January to October 2022 – and the results have more than a few surprises.

In seven of Australia’s eight states and territories, the country’s best-selling new motor vehicle – the Toyota HiLux – maintains its top spot.

However, the Toyota HiLux ranks second on the sales chart in Victoria, behind the Ford Ranger (which is number two nationally). Could this be skewed by all of Ford’s company cars (headquarters are still in Melbourne even after manufacturing has shut down), or are private buyers and dealers behind the unique surge in sales?

Toyota — which has sold more than twice as many cars as its nearest competitor so far this year — has three models in the top 10 sales charts in each state and territory, and six of the top 10 spots in the Northern Territory.

As previously reported, Utes continue to dominate the 2022 sales charts, not only in terms of overall sales leaders (with HiLux and Ranger taking the top two spots), but also in terms of the number of different models featured in each state’s rankings are included.

While nationwide electric car adoption is up nearly 500 percent compared to the same period last year, just two battery-powered models have made the top 10 in each region, with Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y making the top-10 cut in the Australian Capital Territory.

The data below was provided by the Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry and compiled by Jordan Mulach.

  1. Toyota HiLux – 16,482
  2. Ford Ranger—10,438
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 10,264
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 7441
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 7191
  6. Toyota Corolla – 7154
  7. Hyundai i30-6060
  8. Isuzu D Max – 5944
  9. Kia Sportage-5219
  10. MG ZS-5186

In Australia’s largest region for new car sales, it’s the national leader that has a clear advantage, with the Toyota HiLux comfortably ahead of the Ford Ranger.

Ford’s new-generation Ranger faced a slow roll-out at local showrooms, leaving the Toyota RAV4 within reach of second place.

Continuing the nationwide trend, submarines dominate the sales charts with four entries in the top eight spots, while four SUVs and two small cars share the remaining spots.

Victoria – 237,775 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Ford Ranger—11,923
  2. Toyota HiLux – 10,193
  3. Toyota RAV4-7223
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 6474
  5. Mitsubishi Triton-5147
  6. Hyundai i30 – 4896
  7. Isuzu D Max – 4371
  8. Hyundai Tucson-4152
  9. Toyota Corolla – 4139
  10. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 3852

Victoria is the only Australian state or territory where the Ford Ranger leads sales, with the new generation model currently outperforming the otherwise dominant Toyota HiLux by more than 1500 examples.

Only two of the 10 cars to feature in the New South Wales chart are missing from Victoria – the Kia Sportage and the MG MG3.

While the MG3 was replaced by the significantly larger and more expensive Toyota LandCruiser Prado, the Sportage traded places with its twin, the Hyundai Tucson.

Queensland – 194,766 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 14.171
  2. Ford Ranger-7337
  3. Mitsubishi Triton-6340
  4. Toyota RAV4-5972
  5. Isuzu D Max – 5579
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 5242
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 5021
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander-3594
  9. Mazda BT-50 – 3583
  10. MGMG3 – 3419

Queensland is one of two Australian states where submarines make the top three spots – comfortably led by the Toyota HiLux – and the only region where pick-up trucks make up five of the top 10 positions.

Toyota has sold almost twice as many examples of its best-selling Ute in the Sunshine State as Ford’s second-place Ranger, while the Mitsubishi Triton holds on to third place, ahead of the Toyota RAV4.

The Mazda BT-50 makes its only state top 10 appearance – in Queensland – despite its Isuzu D-Max twin appearing in all eight lists.

Western Australia – 87,602 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 7340
  2. Ford Ranger-4219
  3. Toyota RAV4-2937
  4. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 2903
  5. Isuzu D Max – 2697
  6. Mitsubishi Triton-2634
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 2114
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander – 2006
  9. Toyota Corolla – 1918
  10. Hyundai i30-1707

The Toyota HiLux’s sales dominance continues in Western Australia, where it again leads away from the Ford Ranger.

The Toyota RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado share just 34 sales despite targeting separate parts of the SUV market and being listed at different prices.

The Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton battle it out for fifth place in Western Australia with 63 sales.

South Australia – 58,501 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3507
  2. Toyota RAV4-2429
  3. Ford Ranger-2386
  4. Mitsubishi Triton-2051
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 1888
  6. Isuzu D Max – 1683
  7. Toyota Corolla – 1506
  8. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 1296
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander-1295
  10. MG ZS-1211

The biggest sales battle in South Australia is between the Toyota RAV4 (currently second) and the Ford Ranger (third), with just 43 sales between them for second place in the state.

As with Western Australia, the Toyota LandCruiser Prado faces close competition from another SUV, this time the new-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which had just one sale at the end of October.

Tasmania – 15,708 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1126
  2. Ford Ranger-773
  3. Mitsubishi Triton-717
  4. Toyota RAV4-660
  5. Isuzu D Max – 471
  6. Suzuki Baleno – 379
  7. MG MG3 – 366
  8. MG ZS-334
  9. Toyota Corolla – 303
  10. Mitsubishi ASX-287

Motorists on Apple Isle continue to favor the Toyota HiLux and other paraphernalia like the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max – but small cars and SUVs are growing in popularity.

Aside from the Toyota RAV4, the remaining five spots are occupied by compact cars and small SUVs, including the Suzuki Baleno (the Japanese marque’s only top 10 finish in each jurisdiction), the MG3 and ZS, the Toyota Corolla and the Mitsubishi ASX.

Australian Capital Territory – 13,533 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 568
  2. Toyota RAV4-470
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 422
  4. Ford Ranger-396
  5. Mazda CX-30 – 317
  6. Hyundai i30-300
  7. Toyota Corolla – 298
  8. Mitsubishi Triton-283
  9. Tesla Model Y – 258
  10. Isuzu D Max – 241

While the Toyota HiLux appears to be the state capital’s best-selling new car, without its 4×2 and 4×4 sales combined, the top spot would go to the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota has sold 100 more RAV4s as 4×4 HiLuxes in the Australian Capital Territory this year, with the Ute slipping to fourth place if its 198 4×2 sales are not added to its total.

The ACT top 10 list also includes the only electric car appearances in a state or territory — the Tesla Model 3 (third place) and Tesla Model Y (ninth place).

Northern Territory – 8327 vehicles sold since the beginning of the year

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1293
  2. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 505
  3. Toyota RAV4-415
  4. Toyota Corolla – 280
  5. Mitsubishi Triton/Ford Ranger – 271
  6. MG ZS-254
  7. Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series – 214
  8. Isuzu D Max – 209
  9. MGMG3 – 186
  10. Toyota Fortuner-157

At the high end, the Toyota HiLux 4×4 outsells any other model and any other make of car.

Between January and October, Toyota reported sales of 836 all-wheel drive HiLux units in the Northern Territory. During the same period, Mitsubishi – the second most popular automaker in the region – sold 604 cars.

Toyota has maintained its dominance in the region by securing six of the top 10 spots – including sole appearances by the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and the Toyota Fortuner.

From January to October 2022, the Mitsubishi Triton and the Ford Ranger each recorded 271 sales – each within nine deliveries of the small Toyota Corolla.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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