AUSTRALIANS set a ute-byuing record in June, 90 years after we invented the vehicle that could be used for work and play.
Homegrown Holden and Ford utes may be about to go out of production but we can’t get enough imported four-door pick-ups for work and family duties.
For the first time, utes filled two of the top three sales spots last month, and another pair was in the top 10, preliminary figures show. The Toyota Corolla was the top seller in June, closely followed by the Toyota HiLux ute and the Mitsubishi Triton ute, the first time the latter has finished in the Top Three. The HiLux has been king of the heavy duty utes for the past 35 years but its sales, dented by the competition, were down by 13 per cent compared with June last year. Triton sales were driven by a $29,990 drive-away deal that was $12,000 off its original RRP.
Ford‘s Australian designed and engineered (but Thaibuilt) Ranger ute had its best ever month, topping the previous record set in May.
June is typically the biggest month for ute sales as big businesses and tradies buy new vehicles before the end of the financial year.
The news wasn’t as good for the rest of the industry, however, with only four of the top 10 brands posting gains in June.
Hyundai broke the 10,000 sales barrier for the first time, overtaking Mazda to make the Top Three for the third month in a row.
The VW Golf squeezed in as No.10, driven by a $22,990 drive-away deal.
Kia once again bumped Honda out of the Top 10.