WHAT’S HOT: 2017’S BEST-SELLING 4X4S
What’s hot and what’s not among Australia’s best-selling 4x4s.
THERE’S a new bully in the 4x4 sales playground. As of this year, the Ford Ranger has taken over from the Toyota Hilux as Australia’s most popular 4x4, which means, for the first time in decades, the tables have turned and Australia’s most popular 4x4 isn’t a Toyota. While Toyota isn’t bleeding too much right now – as the Hilux still outsells the Ranger when you include 4x2 variants – the Ranger’s star is rising. Sales of Ranger 4x4 to the end of May 2017 verses end of May 2016 increased at twice the rate of the Hilux, and the recent demise of the Falcon ute can only enhance sales of the Ranger 4x2. In the bigger picture, Toyota still looks comfortable in the 4x4 market, with the Prado and Land Cruiser 200 joining the Hilux in the top-10 best sellers. And, in a market still dominated by utes – with Triton, Colorado, Navara, D-MAX and BT-50 also in the top 10 – there are now three wagons in the mix thanks to the rise of Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport. So, how do they stack up when Principal Stronach hands out the mid-year report cards?