The facelifted 2017 Toyota 86 (above) will hit Australia in November, but before it arrives, there’s some interesting trivia to be gleaned by looking at the sales figures for the model that has been with us since 2012.
Since its launch way-back-when, the 86's total sales tally in Australia is 17,236 units. The monthly average is still running above 200 units, down from the peak that was around the 300 mark. New South Wales, as you’d probably expect having the biggest population, is the biggest buyer of 86s with 33 per cent of all sales. Then there’s Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, the ACT, the Northern Territory and finally Tasmania.
The Toyota 86 model-grade split is also interesting. Despite the sharp $29,990 starting price of the entry level GT model, the $35,990 (plus on-road costs) GTS still makes up 47.4 per cent of sales, while the GT has sold 26.8 per cent and the special-edition Blackline has sold 25.8 per cent.
Given the Blackline is effectively a GTS-specification vehicle, that’s a huge win to the top-end 86 models. Of the 450 Blackline special editions, 407 have already been sold, with all 200 autos gone, leaving only 43 manuals available in dealers around the country.
If you suspect the 86 is preferred by buyers as a manual, you’d be right - but only just. The make-up in Australia sits at 59 per cent to 41 per cent, in favour of the manual gearbox. Interestingly, that’s a figure that is reflected globally, illustrating that there are still plenty of traditional driving enthusiasts out there.
Speaking of enthusiasts: goodbye full-size spare wheel. The option of a full-size spare (for the GTS grade) uptake is less than one per cent - only 79 in total - so that option is being deleted altogether for the 2017 model year.
In descending order then, the year-to-date figures for the full 86 range in Australia are as follows: GTS Manual - 37.6 percent, GTS Auto - 29.6 percent, GT Manual - 21.3 percent, GT Auto - 11.5 percent.
The 2017 Toyota 86 lands in Australia in November this year, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.
Watch for our review of the facelifted 86 later this week.