Top 10 new cars in every Australian state and territory

Top 10 new cars in every Australian state and territory

A breakdown of Australia’s most popular new cars across all eight states and territories has been unearthed ahead of the end of the year.

Each month, the auto industry publishes national new car sales figures – model by model and brand by brand. However, it only tells part of the story.

Thanks to additional data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Motivation may reveal the top 10 new car sales in every state and territory so far this year – from January to October 2022 – and the results deliver more than a few surprises.

In seven of Australia’s eight states and territories, the country’s best-selling new power car – the Toyota HiLux – maintains its top position.

However, the Toyota HiLux ranks second in sales charts in Victoria, behind the Ford Ranger (which ranks second nationally). Could this be caused by all of Ford’s commercial vehicles (headquarters are still in Melbourne even after production shuts down), or are private buyers and crafts behind the unique sales increase?

Toyota — which has sold more than twice as many cars as its closest competitor so far this year — has three models in the Top 10 sales charts in every state and territory, as well as six of the Top 10 places in the Northern Territory.

As mentioned beforecars continue to dominate the 2022 sales charts, not only in terms of leading total sales (with the HiLux and Ranger in the top two), but also in the number of different models in the state rankings.

While national EV adoption is up nearly 500 percent compared to the same period last year, only two battery-powered models made the Top 10 in any region, with Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y making the cut in the top 10 Australian Capital Territory.

The data below is provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and compiled by Jordan Mulach.

New South Wales – 282,669 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 16,482
  2. Ford Ranger – 10,438
  3. Toyota RAV4-10,264
  4. Mitsubishi Triton-7441
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 7191
  6. Toyota Corolla-7154
  7. Hyundai i30-6060
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 5944
  9. Kia Sportage – 5219
  10. MG ZS-5186

In Australia’s largest region for new car sales, it’s the nationwide leader that has a clear advantage, with the Toyota HiLux well ahead of the Ford Ranger.

Ford’s new-generation Ranger was slowly rolled out in local showrooms, leaving the Toyota RAV4 within striking distance of the ute for second place.

Continuing the nationwide trend, cars dominate the sales charts with four entries in the top eight spots, while four SUVs and two small cars share the remaining spots.

Victoria – 237,775 vehicles sold to date

  1. Ford Ranger – 11,923
  2. Toyota HiLux – 10,193
  3. Toyota RAV4-7223
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 6474
  5. Mitsubishi Triton-5147
  6. Hyundai i30-4896
  7. Isuzu D-Max – 4371
  8. Hyundai Tucson-4152
  9. Toyota Corolla-4139
  10. Toyota LandCruiser Prado – 3852

Victoria is the only Australian state or territory where sales are led by the Ford Ranger, with the new generation model currently outselling the otherwise dominant Toyota HiLux by more than 1500 units.

Only two of the 10 cars that have featured on the New South Wales charts are missing from Victoria: the Kia Sportage and the MG MG3.

While the MG3 was replaced by the significantly larger and more expensive Toyota LandCruiser Prado, the Sportage traded places with its twin brother, the Hyundai Tucson.

Queensland – 194,766 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 14,171
  2. Ford Ranger-7337
  3. Mitsubishi Triton-6340
  4. Toyota RAV4-5972
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 5579
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 5242
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 5021
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander-3594
  9. Mazda BT-50 – 3583
  10. MG MG3 – 3419

Queensland is one of two Australian states where cars occupy the top three positions – comfortably led by the Toyota HiLux – and is also the only region where pickups occupy five of the top 10 positions.

Toyota has sold nearly twice as many units of its best-selling car in the Sunshine State as Ford’s second-placed Ranger, while the Mitsubishi Triton remains in third place ahead of the Toyota RAV4.

The Mazda BT-50 makes its only state-based Top 10 appearance – in Queensland – despite the Isuzu D-Max twin appearing in all eight lists.

Western Australia – 87,602 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 7340
  2. Ford Ranger-4219
  3. Toyota RAV4-2937
  4. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 2903
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 2697
  6. Mitsubishi Triton-2634
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 2114
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander-2006
  9. Toyota Corolla – 1918
  10. Hyundai i30 – 1707

The Toyota HiLux’s sales dominance continues in Western Australia, where it once again leads the Ford Ranger.

The Toyota RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado are shared by just 34 sales, despite targeting separate segments of the SUV market and being listed in different price ranges.

The Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton are engaged in a close battle in Western Australia with 63 sales between them for fifth place.

South Australia – 58,501 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3507
  2. Toyota RAV4-2429
  3. Ford Ranger-2386
  4. Mitsubishi Triton-2051
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 1888
  6. Isuzu D-Max – 1683
  7. Toyota Corolla-1506
  8. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 1296
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander-1295
  10. MG ZS-1211

The biggest sales battle in South Australia is between the Toyota RAV4 (currently second) and the Ford Ranger (third), with just 43 sales between them for second in the state.

As in Western Australia, the Toyota LandCruiser Prado is in close competition with another SUV, this time the new-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, trailing by just one sale at the end of October.

Tasmania – 15,708 vehicles sold since the start of the year

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1126
  2. Ford Ranger-773
  3. Mitsubishi Triton-717
  4. Toyota RAV4-660
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 471
  6. Suzuki Baleno-379
  7. MG MG3 – 366
  8. MG ZS-334
  9. Toyota Corolla-303
  10. Mitsubishi ASX-287

Drivers on Apple Isle continue to prefer the Toyota HiLux and other cars such as the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max, although small cars and SUVs are gaining popularity.

Aside from the Toyota RAV4, the remaining five spots are taken by small cars and small SUVs, including the Suzuki Baleno (the Japanese marque’s only Top 10 result in any jurisdiction), the MG3 and ZS, Toyota Corolla and Mitsubishi ASX.

Australian Capital Territory – 13,533 vehicles sold since the start of the year

  1. Toyota HiLux – 568
  2. Toyota RAV4-470
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 422
  4. Ford Ranger-396
  5. Mazda CX-30-317
  6. Hyundai i30-300
  7. Toyota Corolla-298
  8. Mitsubishi Triton-283
  9. Tesla Model Y-258
  10. Isuzu D-Max – 241

While the Toyota HiLux appears to be the National Capital’s best-selling new car, without the combination of 4×2 and 4×4 sales, the top spot would go to the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota has sold 100 more RAV4s than 4×4 HiLuxes in the Australian Capital Territory this year, with the car dropping to fourth place when 198 4×2 sales are not added to the total.

The ACT’s Top 10 list also includes the only electric car appearances in a state or territory: the Tesla Model 3 (third) and Tesla Model Y (ninth).

Northern Territory – 8327 vehicles sold since the start of the year

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1293
  2. Toyota LandCruiser Prado – 505
  3. Toyota RAV4-415
  4. Toyota Corolla-280
  5. Mitsubishi Triton/Ford Ranger– 271
  6. MG ZS-254
  7. Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series – 214
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 209
  9. MG MG3 – 186
  10. Toyota Fortuner-157

In the Top End, the Toyota HiLux 4×4 sells more than any other model and any other car brand.

Between January and October, Toyota reported 836 all-wheel drive HiLux sales in the Northern Territory. During the same period, Mitsubishi – the second most popular automaker in the region – sold 604 cars.

Toyota has asserted its dominance in the region by securing six of the Top 10 spots – including the only appearances of the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and Toyota Fortuner.

From January to October 2022, the Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger both recorded 271 sales, each within nine deliveries of the small Toyota Corolla.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently lives in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-confessed iRacing addict, Jordan can be found behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his HH Fairlane on weekends.

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