After an unprecedented five consecutive months as Australia’s top-selling vehicle, the Thai-built ute was outsold by the Japanese small car by 797 units last month (4276 versus 3479), opening up a gap of 1370 sales (32,434 versus 31,064) year-to-date with three months of the year to go.
While still possible, September’s result makes the task of becoming the first light-commercial vehicle to top the annual sales charts more difficult for the HiLux, as it now needs to outsell the Mazda3 by an average of 457 units across October-December.
The Mitsubishi Triton (2326) knocked the Nissan Navara (1812) out of second place for the month with its best September result in history. The month proved a solid rebound for the Triton, which managed just 1500 sales in August.
The Navara is still locked into second place year-to-date, however, on the back of 12.6 per cent growth across 2012.
The Mazda BT-50 (1124) was the only other model to exceed triple figures, with the Holden Commodore-based Utility, Isuzu D-Max, Volkswagen Amarok and Great Wall V200/V240 running a tight race to round out the top 10.
Overall, Australia’s ute segment (4×2 and 4×4 models combined) has grown 9.5 per cent so far this year, up from 116,542 vehicles to 127,594. The 4×4 PU/CC segment is up 20.1 per cent year to date, while the 4×2 PU/CC market has declined 10.5 per cent.
Top 10 Best-selling Utes – September 2012
Top 10 Best-selling Utes – 2012 to date