Utes have taken out the top three spots on the Australia car sales charts but the Toyota HiLux for a change wasn’t the bestseller.
The Ford Ranger was number one in June for the only the fourth time since 2017 with the 4×4 versions comfortably outselling four-wheel drives HiLuxes, even though an all-new shape is coming next year.
Last month, utes claimed the top three spots for only the third time in Australian motoring history, with this feat only ever previously achieved in June 2018 and February 2019.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries credit the extension of the instant asset write-off scheme for boosting car sales.
Utes have taken out the top three spots on the Australia car sales charts but the Toyota HiLux (SR5 dual cab model pictured) for a change wasn’t the bestseller
The Ranger and HiLux were the top two sellers, reversing the usual order, with the Isuzu D-Max taking third spot.
Its 3,167 sales were almost double compared with a year earlier, surging by 92.9 per cent.
This is the best-ever result for Isuzu in Australia.
The Mitsubishi Triton was ninth but its sales of 2,240 were 17.7 per cent weaker compared with a year ago when Australia had just emerged out of a national lockdown.
The Ford Ranger (Raptor model pictured) was number one in June for the only the fourth time since 2017 with the 4×4 versions comfortably outselling four-wheel drives HiLuxes, even though an all-new shape is coming next year
Australia’s top selling cars in June 2021
1. Ford Ranger: 6,058 (up 13.7 per cent)
2. Toyota HiLux: 5,412 (down 17.2 per cent)
3. Isuzu D-Max: 3,167 (up 92.9 per cent)
4. Mazda CX-5: 3,018 (up 19.3 per cent)
5. Kia Cerato: 2,711 (up 34.5 per cent)
6. Toyota Prado: 2,610 (up 9.9 per cent)
7. Toyota RAV4: 2,501 (down 5 per cent)
8. Hyundai i30: 2,331 (down 1.6 per cent)
9. Mitsubishi Triton: 2,240 (down 17.7 per cent)
10. Toyota Corolla: 2,175 (down 27.7 per cent)
Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data comparing June 2021 with June 2020
The Ranger’s sales in June were 13.7 per cent higher than the same month in 2020, even though an all-near shape is being released next year.
The existing Ford ute shape has been around for a decade but despite that, 6,058 left the showroom in just a month, with official pictures of the next model yet to be unveiled.
The volume-selling 4×4 versions managed 5,610 sales, well ahead of the four-wheel drive HiLux tally of 4,300.
Overall HiLux sales, including the 4×2 tradie utes, stood at 5,412, down 17.2 per cent compared with a year earlier.
The HiLux was outsold by the Ranger in June for the first time since April.
Utes in June had four places in the top ten, compared with just three for SUVs, with the Toyota LandCruiser falling out of the elite list after new official pictures were released.
The Mazda CX-5 was Australia’s bestselling SUV with 3,018 sale, up 19.3 per cent from a year ago.
The Toyota RAV4 was Australia’s bestseller in July and August last year, the first SUV ever to reach number one.
But in June, it was seventh on the list with its sales down 5 per cent to 2,501.
The Toyota Corolla just scraped into the top ten with 2,175 sales, marking a 27.7 per cent decline compared with a year earlier.
The small hatch and sedan, which has dominated the sales charts since first going on sale in Australia in 1967, was outsold by two Korean models, the Kia Cerato (2,711 sales) and the Hyundai i30 (2,331 sales).
The Isuzu D-Max took third spot. Its 3,167 sales were almost double compared with a year earlier, surging by 92.9 per cent. This is the best-ever result for Isuzu in Australia
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Tony Weber said the extension of the instant asset write-off scheme was responsible for the best monthly sales tally in two years.
‘Expectations for a strong result in June had remained high given the traditional end of financial year demand from business and private buyers driven by government incentives such as the extension of the depreciation allowance announced in the Federal budget coupled with intensive marketing activity from vehicle brands,’ he said.
In the May Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the instant asset write-off scheme would be extended until June 2023, adding another year to the time limit announced in the October 2020 pandemic Budget.
Before the instant asset write-off scheme debuted late last year, a tradie buying a new ute had to claim the price of the ute against their income tax over eight years.
Under this scheme, officially known as the ‘temporary full expensing’, a plumber or carpenter can claim the deduction against their income in one hit.
The Mitsubishi Triton was ninth but its sales of 2,240 were 17.7 per cent weaker compared with a year ago when Australia had just emerged out of a national lockdown
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