HALF-MIL­LION HILUXES

4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

TOY­OTA’S Hilux has cracked cu­mu­la­tive sales of half a mil­lion ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia. The 500,000 to­tal has hap­pened as Hilux leads the sales charts in Aus­tralia so far this year.

Toy­ota’s Aus­tralian deal­ers have sold 12,883 4x4 and 4x2 Hilux utes so far this year, mak­ing it the top-sell­ing ve­hi­cle name­plate in the coun­try – 99 sales clear of Corolla in sec­ond place.

Hilux is also well placed to ex­tend its re­mark­able run of 11 con­sec­u­tive years as Aus­tralia’s best-sell­ing four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle.

While the first Hilux 4x2 landed here in 1971, 4x4 mod­els ar­rived in 1980 and quickly be­came the top seller. In the past decade, to­tal Hilux sales have av­er­aged more than 39,000 ve­hi­cles a year, with 4x4 mod­els ac­count­ing for al­most two-thirds of to­tal sales.

There are at least 16 dif­fer­ent vari­ants in the cur­rent range of Hilux 4x4 mod­els.

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