UTIL­ITY PLAY­ERS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide Confidential - Joshua Dowling

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.

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