Utes top sales

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

UTES were again the driv­ing force in June, the big­gest month of the year for new ve­hi­cle sales — and workhorses.

The bat­tle for top-sell­ing ute sta­tus re­mains heated with the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger (above) once again top­ping the charts across the en­tire mar­ket.

Heavy dis­counts on both the HiLux SR5 and Ranger XLT over the past two months saw record sales for the Ranger with more than 5000 de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing 4449 four-wheeldrive vari­ants. This was enough for Ranger 4x4 to out­sell the HiLux 4x4 — but the HiLux still led the month and leads year-to-date be­cause sales of the two-wheel-drive HiLux push it ahead of Ford.

The score for the first six months of this year when all vari­ants are com­bined: 23,378 (HiLux) ver­sus 21,638 (Ranger).

In the mean­time Mit­subishi Tri­ton sold well in June (2900) but it has done bet­ter. The Holden Colorado’s tally of 2400 looks mod­est next to the big two but this was the Colorado’s best monthly re­sult to date.

Nis­san Navara sales also picked up (2268) but it’s still nowhere near its for­mer glory.

Ex­pect sharp deals to con­tinue as Toyota and Ford con­tinue to scrap at the top of the mar­ket, which in turn will force more af­ford­able ri­vals to also sharpen their pen­cils.

Toyota is in­creas­ing its stran­gle­hold on the Aus­tralian new car mar­ket fol­low­ing the re­lease of the half-yearly sales fig­ures.

The com­pany’s dom­i­na­tion ex­tends across pas­sen­ger cars, SUVs and light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Toy­otas ac­count for al­most one in five new reg­is­tra­tions with four in the top 10 best-sell­ing mod­els.

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