The Most Popular Car Brands in Australia

There are almost as many cars in Australia as there are people, but which brand is the most popular?

The latest Motor Vehicle Census figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that Australia has a clear favourite when it comes to passenger vehicles – and that brand is Toyota.

According to the ABS, there were 18.8 million registered motor vehicles in Australia as at January 2017 – 400,000 more than the same point 12 months prior.

“The 2017 Motor Vehicles Census shows that the registered national fleet grew by 2.1 percent from last year to 18.8 million registered vehicles,” Michaela Cook, the ABS Director of Transport and Tourism, said.

“Diesel vehicles remain a popular choice in 2017, with 313,551 (8.1 percent) more diesel vehicles registered than in the previous year.”

So what are our most populous car brands? Well according to the data, the top 10 are as follows.

Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census

As you can see, pretty much all of the big brands you’d expect to see (Holden, Ford, Mazda, Hyundai) all feature prominently, while Toyota took out top spot with nearly 3 million registered vehicles. Interestingly, the top 12 remained unchanged from the previous year.

In the market for a car insurance policy? The table below displays a snapshot of car insurance policies on Canstar’s database with links direct to providers’ websites. Please note this table has been sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest) and was formulated based on a male aged 30-39 in NSW, without an extra driver under 25 years old.

Rounding out the top 30 are these brands (in order from 11th to 30th):

  1. BMW (348,414)
  2. Mercedez (336,457)
  3. Kia (331,135)
  4. Suzuki (277,177)
  5. Audi (176,838)
  6. Jeep (167,395)
  7. Lexus (102,093)
  8. Peugeot (86,586)
  9. Volvo (81,354)
  10. Land Rover (77,345)
  11. Renault (48,999)
  12. Chrysler (38,338)
  13. Daihatsu (36,586)
  14. Porsche (36,434)
  15. Range Rover (36,233)
  16. Jaguar (29,496)
  17. Daewoo (28,017)
  18. Skoda (27,189)
  19. Alfa Romeo (24,686)
  20. Other (250,490)

Car type by state

The following table displays a state-by-state breakdown of each type of vehicle currently registered.

NSW VIC QLD WA Total
Passenger 4,217,440 3,750,484 2,777,113 1,593,001

 

12,338,038
Campervans 16,612 13,583 15,848 8,020

 

54,063
Light commercial 839,451 675,606 797,839 383,778

 

2,696,674
Light trucks 50,616 33,040 36,637

 

17,502

 

137,795
Heavy trucks 94,933 81,460 72,544

 

53,899

 

302,836
Buses 26,761 20,626 21,361

 

14,746

 

83,494
Motorcycles 237,996 189,217 200,260

 

127,859

 

755,332

 

SA TAS ACT NT Total
Passenger 1,075,081

 

324,174

 

247,171

 

94,142

 

1,740,568
Campervans 4,223

 

4,714

 

436

 

214

 

9,587
Light commercial 205,786

 

102,580

 

30,696

 

43,854

 

382,916
Light trucks 7,172

 

3,581

 

1,190

 

633

 

12,576
Heavy trucks 23,096

 

8,999

 

1,614

 

4,633

 

38,342
Buses 5,766

 

2,859

 

1,043

 

3,768

 

13,436
Motorcycles 54,389

 

19,780

 

13,179

 

6,616

 

80,785

Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census, 2017 

The cost of running a car

In addition to the purchase price of a vehicle, the ongoing running costs are an important consideration for drivers. RAA’s annual vehicle running costs survey calculates the costs of owning and operating a vehicle including the financing costs of the whole price on the vehicle, depreciation, registration, licensing and insurance as well as ongoing costs such as fuel, tyres, servicing and usual repairs. The results are based on an annual distance travelled of 12,000km over a 5 year ownership period.

The data collected in June 2016 has highlight the following cost-effective vehicles:

Micro $/week
SUZUKI CELERIO 5D HATCHBACK 998 cc 5 SP MANUAL $95.55
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES 5D HATCHBACK 1193 cc 5 SP MANUAL $107.10
Light
MAZDA2 NEO 5D HATCHBACK 1496 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $122.91
SUZUKI SWIFT GL 5D HATCHBACK 1372 cc 4 SP AUTOMATIC $124.68
Small
KIA CERATO S 5D HATCHBACK 1999 cc 6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTSHIFT $133.01
MAZDA3 NEO 5D HATCHBACK 1998 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $146.01
Medium
SKODA OCTAVIA 110 TSI AMBITION 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 1395 cc 7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT $172.42
TOYOTA CAMRY ATARA S HYBRID 4D SEDAN 2494 cc CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $177.13
Large
HOLDEN COMMODORE EVOKE VF II 4D SEDAN V6 2997 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $208.62
FORD FALCON ECOBOOST FG X 4D SEDAN TURBO 4 1999 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $218.56
People Mover
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi 4D WAGON 2356 cc CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $203.35
HYUNDAI iMAX 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2359 cc 4 SP AUTOMATIC $222.53
SUV Small
FORD ECOSPORT AMBIENTE 4D WAGON 1498 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $155.03
MAZDA CX-3 NEO (FWD) 4D WAGON 1998 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $155.23
SUV Medium
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4×4) 4D WAGON 2488 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $182.78
FORD KUGA AMBIENTE (AWD) 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $190.22
SUV Large
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 1998 cc CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $218.09
FORD TERRITORY TX (RWD) 4D WAGON 3984 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $218.57
SUV All-Terrain
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4×4) 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc 8 SP AUTOMATIC $239.06
TOYOTA FORTUNER GX 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $246.70
2WD Utility
HOLDEN UTE VF II UTILITY V6 3565 cc 6 SP AUTOMATIC $199.21
FORD FALCON FG X UTILITY INLINE 6 3984 cc 6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTSHIFT $201.50
4WD Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4×4) DUAL CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc 5 SP AUTOMATIC $221.09
NISSAN NAVARA RX (4×4) NP300 DOUBLE CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2298 cc 7 SP AUTOMATIC $232.08
Electric
NISSAN LEAF 5D HATCHBACK ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC $255.69
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV HYBRID 4D WAGON 1998 cc 1 SP AUTOMATIC $257.68

Source: http://www.raa.com.au/carcosts

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