Some of us buy cars for work, others for play. So it’s no surprise that the top two cars in 2021 can do both. But which vehicle took the crown? Well, it was super close, so let’s have a look.
Ok, let’s cut straight to the chase.
Taking out pole position in 2021 was the Toyota HiLux with 52,801 new vehicles sold, very closely followed by the Ford Ranger (50,279 new vehicles sold).
And get this: with 1,049,831 new vehicles sold across Australia in 2021, those two particular models made up almost 10% of all new vehicles that hit the road over the past 12 months, according to Australia’s peak body for the automotive industry, the FCAI.
While the HiLux took out the top spot, it must be noted that the Ranger is closing the gap – in 2020 a total of 40,973 new Rangers were sold, compared to 45,176 Toyota HiLuxes.
So it’ll be interesting to see what happens in 2022!
Utes vs SUVs
While light commercial vehicles, including utes, have dominated the top two spots in recent years, far more SUVs are sold across the board.
In fact, a total of 531,700 SUVs were sold in 2021, compared to 253,254 light commercial vehicles.
The highest selling SUV in 2021 was the Toyota RAV4 (35,751), which came in at 3rd place overall.
Rounding out the top five was the fourth-placed Toyota Corolla (28,768) and the Toyota Landcruiser (26,633) in fifth.
And yep, as you might’ve noticed, Toyota impressively took out four of the top five spots.
The top 20 new vehicles sold in 2021
Below is a full list of the top 20 models sold in Australia throughout 2021, including the number of vehicles sold (got your eye on anything below?).
1. Toyota HiLux – 52,801 (new vehicles sold) 2. Ford Ranger – 50,279 3. Toyota RAV4 – 35,751 4. Toyota Corolla – 28,768 5. Toyota Landcruiser – 26,633 6. Hyundai i30 – 25,575 7. Isuzu Ute D-Max – 25,117 8. Mazda CX-5 – 24,968 9. Toyota Prado – 21,299 10. Mitsubishi Triton – 19,232 11. MG ZS – 18,423 12. Kia Cerato – 18,114 13. Mazda BT-50 – 15,662 14. Nissan Navara – 15,113 15. Mitsubishi ASX – 14,764 16. Mitsubishi Outlander – 14,572 17. Hyundai Tucson – 14,194 18. Mazda3 – 14,126 19. Nissan XTrail – 13,860 20. MG MG3 – 13,774
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