The Toyota HiLux has recorded its second consecutive month as Australia’s best-selling vehicle as the popularity of 4×4 utes surged in May.
Toyota sold 4626 HiLux models across the country last month, including 3539 4×4 variants and 1087 4x2s, easily accounting for the second-placed Mazda3 small car, which managed 3288 sales.
The 4×4 pick-up/cab-chassis segment rose to become the second largest in the market behind small cars, overtaking the light and large-SUV segments with a 12.0 per cent share of all sales across the industry.
Toyota Australia’s sales increased 85.1 per cent in May compared with the corresponding month in 2011 when the company was crippled by limited supply as a result of the natural disasters in Japan.
The HiLux was joined in the top ten by the Corolla in third place (3155 sales), the Prado in eighth (1900) and the Camry in ninth (1850). The Yaris just missed the charts, slotting in at 11th with 1826 sales and taking command of the light-car segment.
While the Mazda3 holds a solid lead in the sales race year-to-date (17,889 units), Toyota now has five of the top 10: Corolla (15,222), HiLux (15,104), Camry (8645), Prado (7707) and Yaris (7677).
For the first time, the locally made Holden Cruze small car has overtaken the Commodore in year-to-date sales – 13,380 versus 13,117 – on the back of another strong month in May.
Meanwhile in the blue corner, the Ford Focus enjoyed its best sales month since January 2008, reaching 1667 units. The Ranger (1611) and Territory (1280) were both up on May 2011, while the Falcon struggled to 1008 sales and remains more than 25 per cent off last year’s pace with just 5415 sales so far in 2012.
Nissan (6966 sales) finished 80 units clear of Hyundai, surging into the top five manufacturers for May on the back of impressive numbers from the Navara (2436), X-Trail (1518) and Dualis (1330).
Skoda, Jeep and Subaru continued their strong starts to the year with big year-on-year growth in May, while at the other end of the spectrum, Chrysler, Peugeot and Chery continued to struggle.
Sales across the country increased 24.1 per cent last month compared with May 2011, hitting 96,069 vehicles. Year-to-date, the industry is up 8.8 per cent compared with 2011, with a total of 435,288 vehicles sold.
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