What’s hot and what’s not among Aus­tralia’s best-sell­ing 4x4s.

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS FRASER STRONACH

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?

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