Ute climbs to the top
It’s official. The Toyota Hilux is the top-selling vehicle in the country, having pipped its Corolla stablemate (and former numero uno) for the honour. In 2016 Toyota shifted 42,104 Hiluxes, edging 700 ahead of Corolla, enough to keep Hilux at the top of the ute charts, beating Ford’s hard-charging Ranger. Ford doesn’t compete as fiercely at the bottom end of the ute market: the cheapest Ranger is a $27,665 diesel, whereas the base-line Hilux is a $20,990 petrol, but Ranger makes up ground in the popular upmarket 4x4 dual-cabs, where it outsells Toyota.