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Toyota topples Ford! Old HiLux outperforms new Ranger in Australia's dual-cab duel in November

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HiLux tops Ranger in dual-cab duel.
HiLux tops Ranger in dual-cab duel.

The Toyota HiLux reclaimed its crown as Australia's best-selling vehicle in November, holding off the new Ford Ranger to finish in first place.

Some 5440 examples of the Toyota HiLux found homes in November, compared to 5073 examples of the Ford Ranger – which finished the month in second position. Toyota claimed third with the Corolla (3732 sales), followed by the MG ZS (3051 sales) and the Toyota LandCruiser (all styles, 2296 sales).

Rounding out the top 10 were the Toyota RAV4 in sixth position (2282 sales), followed by the Mazda CX-5 (1949 sales), the Mitsubishi Outlander (1875 sales),and  the Kia Sportage (1844 sales), while the Tesla Model Y snuck into 10th position with 1805 sales.

The ute result was a reversal of last month, when 5628 examples of the new Ford Ranger found homes in October. HiLux sales were 4884.

November was a strong month across the board for new cars in Australia, with a total 95,080 vehicles sold – up almost 18 percent on the same month last year.

Importantly, it also brings the annual sales tally to 993,509, with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) predicting Australia's one-millionth new car will be sold some time in the next week or so. 

One million new car sales is considered something of a yardstick in the industry, and despite growing queues and enthusiasm-dampening wait times, Australian buyers will ensure we finish comfortably above that number in 2022.

“The automotive sector is continuing to recover from pandemic related shutdowns, a global shortage of microprocessors and the general supply chain uncertainty we experienced over the last two years,” says FCAI Chief Executive, Tony Weber.

“The industry will deliver the one millionth vehicle to the market in 2022 next week. While this is positive news, many customers are still facing extended wait times for their vehicle, with expected delivery dates for some models beyond 12 months.”

The sale of low- and zero-emission vehicles continue to soar (though the numbers are heavily skewed by the popularity of the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 in Australia) with a total of 13,415 vehicles sold in November.

But while we still love hybrids, and are quickly embracing full-electric models, plug-in hybrids are yet to capture a significant market share. Last month, 4457 battery electric vehicles were sold, along with 8529 hybrids, but just 429 plug-in hybrid vehicles found buyers.

Toyota's stranglehold in the Australian new-car marker continued last month, with a total 20,107 vehicles sold. Mazda finished in second place with 7549 sales, followed by Ford (7165 sales), Kia (6120 sales) and Mitsubishi (5559 sales).

Kia's result was enough to put some clear air between it and sister brand Hyundai, with Kia now third on the overall sales charts with 72,700 sales, some 3700 sales clear of Hyundai, which has 68,911 sales so far this year.

Barring some kind of disaster in December, it should mean Kia finished the year ahead of its traditional "big brother" for the first time in Australia.

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing Journalist
Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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