Top 10 selling cars in Australia

Sub Editor · 5 October 2021
New car sales figures suggest Australia’s new car market is proving resilient, even with microprocessor shortages and lockdowns in some capital cities and regions.

Top 10 selling car models in Australia – September 2021

Australians love a good ute, and this month utes claimed the top two spots for new vehicle sales, while a reliable favourite came in third. The Ford Ranger was the highest selling vehicle (4,192) followed by the Toyota Hilux (3,635) and the Toyota Corolla (3,487).

Top 10 selling cars in Australia – September 2021

  1. Ford Ranger
  2. Toyota Hilux
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Toyota Prado
  6. Hyundai i30
  7. Isuzu D-Max
  8. Toyota Camry
  9. Mitsubishi ASX
  10. Mazda BT-50

Source: FCAI, 5 October 2021, and related industry sources.

What is happening with the Australian new car market?

A global microprocessor shortage, along with local COVID-19 restrictions, are continuing to impact the Australian new car market.

Toyota, the top selling car manufacturer in Australia for 17 years in a row, has apologised to customers for lengthy delays, with one-third of its showroom line-up having a wait time of up to four months, and third-quarters of its range having a wait time of up to six months for orders. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid family SUV and Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series heavy duty four-wheel-drive have delays of up to nine to 10 months on average currently.

Many customers buying new cars in Australia have been relying on updates from dealerships about delays. In a move the Australian Automotive Dealers Association has praised as a win for consumers, Volkswagen Australia is introducing an online search to help customers track the production and shipping status of purchases.

Nationally, year-on-year (YoY) new car sales results are up nearly 21%, with Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive, Tony Weber, describing the results as “encouraging news” for the industry.

“These are challenging times, but automotive manufacturers are rising to meet them,” he said.

“Brands are working across their supply chains to deal with microprocessor issues and consumers are embracing online purchasing through click and collect delivery options.”

The sports utility and light commercial markets both recorded strong growth YoY, up 25% and 27% respectively. Mr Weber said that with more than 150 models, strong competition meant Australian families were getting the best technology and lowest prices for car models in these segments.

The extension of the instant asset write-off scheme announced in the 2021 Federal Budget, including to ‘temporary full expensing measures’ until 30 June, 2023, means eligible buyers of new work vehicles have extra time to get them on the road.

What are the top selling brands for new cars in Australia?

Toyota kept its dominant position as Australia’s number 1 car manufacturer, claiming 24% – nearly one-quarter – of overall sales nationally in September, and scooping silver and bronze in podium results. The Toyota Hilux and Toyota Corolla were the 2nd and 3rd most popular new car models nationally behind the Ford Ranger in September 2021. After Toyota, Mazda, Ford and Hyundai were the next most popular car manufacturers nationally, securing 8%, 7% and 6.5% market share respectively.

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Keep reading for detailed reviews for this month’s top selling cars.

Top 10 selling car model reviews in Australia

Here are reviews of Australia’s top 10 selling new cars in September 2021.

1. Ford Ranger – 4,192 sales

Source: CarExpert

Features of the Ford Ranger include: Bluetooth support with phone and audio streaming, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping aid, traffic sign recognition and push button start.

2. Toyota HiLux – 3,635 sales

Source: CarsGuide

Features of the Toyota HiLux include: Toyota safety features such as Road Sign Assist, Active Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, a keyless entry and start system and an eight-inch colour touchscreen display with smartphone connectivity on selected models.

3. Toyota Corolla – 3,487 sales

Source: Chasing Cars

Features of the Toyota Corolla include: Pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, road sign assist to detect speed limit signs and stop signs, blind spot monitor and the Toyota app, which is available across Toyota models and can locate your car in a crowded parking lot.

4. Toyota RAV4 – 3,390 sales

Source: Chasing Cars

Features of the Toyota RAV4 include: Optional petrol-electric hybrid technology for fuel efficiency, and multi-terrain options for mud and sand, rock and dirt, snow or normal driving. Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa connectivity are also available.

5. Toyota Prado – 2,173 sales

Source: CarsGuide

Features of the Toyota Prado include: full-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, lane departure warning, 9.0-inch touchscreen, rain-sensing wipers, rubber floormats, keyless entry and start, satellite navigation and a reversing camera.

6. Hyundai i30 – 2,034 sales

Source: CarExpert

Features of the Hyundai i30 include: Hyundai SmartSense to help maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, Bluetooth, a reverse camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

7. Isuzu D-Max – 1,833 sales

Source: CarsGuide

Features of the Isuzu D-Max include: 6-speed transmission, Apple and Android smartphone connectivity, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), 800mm wading depth and rear differential lock.

8. Toyota Camry – 1,610 sales

Source: Chasing Cars

Features of the Toyota Camry include: Toyota safety features, including the introduction of Toyota’s Connected Services, with an SOS button and a tracking system if the vehicle is stolen, and an enhanced Toyota Safety Sense suite; and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as digital radio and myToyota apps. All grades are available as a hybrid and there’s a new 2.5L petrol-only option with the 2021 range.

9. Mitsubishi ASX – 1,489 sales

Source: CarsGuide

Features of the Mitsubishi ASX include: 8 inch touchscreen, 18 inch alloys, reversing camera, cruise control and leather steering wheel on the base ES model; with options such as a sunroof, heated front seats and ambient lighting on higher models.

10. Mazda BT-50 – 1,444 sales

Source: CarExpert

Features of the Mazda BT-50 include: a 9.0-inch multimedia screen with sat nav, heated exterior mirrors and front seats, dual-zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, 18-inch wheels, and LED daytime running lights and fog lights as standard with the BT-50 Thunder model.

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