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Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Triton top Ford Ranger as supply chain issues continue to bite Australian new-car sales in February

The RAV4 has been impacted by supply issues but bounced back last month to take second place behind the HiLux.

Australia’s new-car market remained steady in February, despite the dreaded semiconductor shortage and ongoing issues with supply chains continuing to impact sales.

The overall market actually grew by 1.5 per cent last month compared with February 2021, with 1363 more cars sold.

The well-documented issues in getting cars to customers has seen some brands impacted more than others, but it seems none of them are immune.

The sporadic availability of different models and variants made for some interesting movements in the sales charts last month.

There was no surprise at the top with Toyota easily claiming number one with 20,886, a 13.7 per cent increase on last February, thanks to a bumper month for the top-selling HiLux that found 4803 (-0.1%) homes.

Following the HiLux was the RAV4 SUV in second with a healthy 4454 (+62%), while the Prado off-roader also scored big last month landing in fifth with 2778 units, representing a solid 97.4 per cent jump. The Corolla was kept out of the top 10 by just two sales.

Mazda held second place with 8782 (+5.5%) and the CX-30 had its best month in a long time, recording 1819 sales – a 106.5 per cent increase – for eighth place overall.

Mitsubishi continued its excellent form with a podium finish thanks to a tally of 7813 (+26%) and a cracking month for the Triton ute (3811, +116.4%). The new-generation Outlander was the model keeping the Corolla out of the main charts, finishing 10th with 1673 (+42%).

The Toyota RAV4 was the second best-selling model last month behind the HiLux. The Toyota RAV4 was the second best-selling model last month behind the HiLux.

Kia held the fourth placing it achieved last month with 5881 sales, just 10 more units than February last year. Kia did not have a model in the top 10 but its haul was enough to keep it ahead of sister brand and rival, Hyundai, for the second consecutive month.

Hyundai’s tally of 5649 was off by 9.6 per cent last month, but the i30 small hatch and sedan range scraped into ninth place despite a sales dip (1756, -20.5%).

Out of the top five, Ford was a fair distance behind Hyundai in sixth with 4610, but only lost 2.2 per cent volume compared with a year ago. The Ranger ute was fourth overall, but that’s not an indication of a bad performance. In fact, the 3455 Ranger tally was 19.1 per cent better than last February. It was just beaten by huge numbers from the two Toyotas and the Triton.

MG continued its rise, holding seventh spot (3767), with the ZS small SUV landing in sixth place (1953, +50%). While MG’s result was still very strong, there are indications that sales for MG – and fellow SAIC-owned brand LDV – might be levelling out.

MG’s sales were up 24.9 per cent last month, which is lower than the triple-digit increases we’ve seen in the past. Likewise, LDV recorded a 22.1 per cent increase, not the massive jumps they’ve previously had.

The Mazda CX-30 had one of its strongest months in a long time. The Mazda CX-30 had one of its strongest months in a long time.

Subaru had a strong month, growing by 19.4 per cent to 3151 and landing in eighth place, following healthy sales for the refreshed Forester (+24.7%), and a big boost for the XV (+75.1%).

Nissan slid into ninth spot, but the 2820 tally represented a 26.3 per cent fall. The new-generation Qashqai can’t come soon enough.

Isuzu nabbed 10th with 2785 sales, up 11 per cent after a strong showing from the seventh-placed D-Max ute (1930, +9.3%).

Volkswagen continued its run of bad luck with semiconductor shortages and low supply, recording 1766 – a 41.3 per cent slide – ensuring it was beaten by fellow German BMW (1980, +2.0%).

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Cars had a slow month (1245, -55.8%) for the same reasons as VW. Orders outstripping supply and vehicles getting caught in bottlenecks of port congestion and quarantine inspections at the border, as well as shipping delays.

Hyundai i30 sales dipped by 20.5 per cent in February. Hyundai i30 sales dipped by 20.5 per cent in February.

The French brands continued their sales turnaround last month, with Renault recording an impressive 248.6 per cent rise to 1018 units. Every one of its models, except the Trafic, recording double or triple-digit percentage increases.

Peugeot clawed back 56.4 per cent of volume for 183 units, while Citroen went up by a whopping 450 per cent, although its tally was just 33 units.

Half of the states and territories – Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Northern Territory – recorded negative results last month, while Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria all saw increases.

Passenger cars slid by 18.3 per cent, while SUVs (+5.4%) and light-commercial vehicles (+12.3%) grew.

Medium passenger car sales have been in decline for years, but they got a bump last month (+7.6%) on the back of strong interest in the Hyundai Sonata, Peugeot 508, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

All SUV segments grew except for small (-3.9%) and upper large (-25.3%), while 4x2 (+10.6%) and 4x4 (+15.7%) utes were in positive territory.

Business purchases were down last month (-6.9%) and rental sales also stalled (-3.3%).

Most popular brands of February 2022

10Isuzu Ute2785+11.0

Most popular models of February 2022

1Toyota HiLux4803-0.1
2Toyota RAV44454+62.0
3Mitsubishi Triton3811+116.4
4Ford Ranger3455+19.1
5Toyota Prado2778+97.4
6MG ZS1953+50.0
7Isuzu D-Max1930+9.3
8Mazda CX-301819+106.5
9Hyundai i301756-20.5
10Mitsubishi Outlander1673+42.0