Australia’s top-selling car for 2020 is revealed as pandemic fears drive motorists to utes and SUVs
- The Toyota HiLux was Australia’s top selling car in 2020 for fifth straight year
- Seven of Australia’s top ten bestsellers last year was either a ute or an SUV
- Toyota LandCruiser sales in December more than double same time in 2019
Motorists are embracing utes and big four-wheel drives as Covid restrictions boost demand for cars with higher ground clearance.
The Toyota HiLux ute was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2020 for the fifth straight year, with 45,176 sold last year as December sales climbed 42.3 per cent.
During the year of coronavirus, seven out of Australia’s ten bestsellers were either a ute or an SUV, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed.
The Toyota HiLux ute was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2020 for the fifth straight year, with 45,176 sold last year as December sales climbed 42.3 per cent
Large Toyota four-wheel drives dominated the league of mammoth sales increases.
The LandCruiser was the big beast of choice with 45,176 sold last year, making it Australia’s fifth most popular machine on four wheels.
Australia’s top selling cars in 2020
1. Toyota HiLux: 45,176
2. Ford Ranger: 40,973
3. Toyota RAV4: 38,537
4. Toyota Corolla: 25,882
5. Toyota LandCruiser: 25,142
6. Mazda CX-5: 21,979
7. Hyundai i30: 20,734
8. Mitsubishi Triton: 18,136
9. Toyota Prado: 18,034
10. Kia Cerato: 17,559
Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries VFacts sales data for 2020
The December sales tally of 3,562 was more than double the 1,618 pace for the same month in 2019.
Annual sales of these large four-wheel drives was only a shade below the Toyota Corolla’s 25,882 sales count – as December sales for the small hatchback and sedan plunged by 9.4 per cent.
The Toyota RAV4 in July made history as the first-ever SUV and hybrid car to top the monthly sales chart.
The medium SUV finished in third place in 2020, with 38,537 sales, behind the Ford Ranger ute’s 40,973 sales.
December sales of the RAV4 surged by 60.1 per cent.
The larger Toyota Prado experienced a December sales surge of 79.9 per cent to finish the year with 18,034 sales or ninth place.
After a horror year, there were signs of hope for the car industry with the December sales tally of 95,652 showing a 13.5 per cent increase on December 2019 when bushfires instead of Covid state border closures dominated the news.
‘It is therefore with great relief that the industry, along with the general economy, is finally noting some positive signs within the market,’ Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Tony Weber said.
The used car market did well too with vehicle prices in December surging by a record 35.2 per cent compared with a year earlier, marking the strongest result in Datium Insights-Moody’s Analytics data going back to 1999.
Used car prices climbed by 31.4 per cent, while truck prices increased by 46.2 per cent, during a year that saw Australians banned from holidaying overseas.
The LandCruiser was the big beast of choice with 45,176 sold last year, making it Australia’s fifth most popular machine on four wheels. The December sales tally of 3,562 more than double the 1,618 pace for the same month in 2019