SHED: 2017 NIS­SAN PA­TROL TI-L

4 x 4 Australia - - Contest -

THE FORD Ranger has started 2018 where it left off at the end of last year, by top­ping the 4x4 sales charts. With Jan­uary 4x4 sales counted, the Ranger out­sold its big­gest com­peti­tor, the Toy­ota Hilux, by just 12 units. There’s then day­light be­tween the next-best 4x4, Nis­san’s Navara.

Sig­nif­i­cant growth in the Light Com­mer­cial (LCV) seg­ment saw sales in­crease by 20.3 per cent over­all (com­pared to Jan­uary 2017 fig­ures). In fact, 4x4 LCV sales were up a sub­stan­tial 26.6 per cent.

Tony We­ber, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries (FCAI), sug­gested the strong sales growth was in­dica­tive of the tough com­pe­ti­tion within the mar­ket seg­ments. “2017 was a record year for the in­dus­try and we’re pleased to see that strength con­tin­u­ing in the Jan­uary 2018 sales re­sults. Notably there was very strong growth in busi­ness sales of SUVS and Light Com­mer­cials,” We­ber said.

LCV Busi­ness pur­chases were up 26.7 per cent over the 2017 com­par­a­tive sales, while pri­vate pur­chases were up 11.1 per cent.

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