Top selling cars in 2017: Toyota Hilux named best-selling vehicle

Aussies’ love of 4×4 driving, trays, extra room and comfort seem to be confirmed in new car sales data, with utes taking out the top two spots in a roundup of Australia’s best-selling vehicles in 2017.

Top selling cars in 2017

According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the top-selling model in 2017 was the Toyota Hilux for the second year in a row, coming in at 47,093 total sales.

Australia’s new car market hit total sales of 1,189,116 vehicles* sold throughout 2017,  higher than 2016’s 1,178,133 sales.

Breaking this down by state, Victoria was the clear winner at 339,343 sales, while New South Wales came in at 337,273 and Queensland 233,101.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said while the stability of the Australian economy and low interest rates were influential factors in the overall market growth, it was the fierce competition between brands that provided the momentum.

“Clearly Australian consumers recognise the value for money that is on offer in the new vehicle market, and responded accordingly,” Mr Weber said.

“To have eight record months out of 12 in 2017 speaks volumes for how brands successfully placed new products and incentives into the market which kept attracting buyers into the showrooms right through the year.” car sales 2017

The top selling cars in 2017 were as follows:

  • Toyota Hilux
  • Ford Ranger
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Mazda3
  • Hyundai i30
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Holden Commodore
  • Toyota Camry
  • Mitsubishi Triton

1. Toyota Hilux – 47,093 sales

Source: Car Advice

Noteworthy features on the Toyota Hilux: advanced technology with features like Vehicle Stability Control to help you maintain grip while driving, as well as quietness and impressive ride quality.

2. Ford Ranger – 42,728 sales

Source: Ford Australia

Noteworthy features on the Ford Ranger: comfort, space and functionality, plus professional 4×4 capabilites like water wading and driver assist.

3. Toyota Corolla – 37,353 sales

Source: Toyota Australia

Noteworthy features on the Toyota Corolla: low running and maintenance costs, plus sporty and agile drive capabilities.

4. Mazda3 – 32,690 sales

Source: Mazda Australia

Noteworthy features on the Mazda3: centre console has ample storage space, a redesigned steering wheel and control buttons designed to improve the driving experience.

5. Hyundai i30 – 28,780 sales

Source: Hyundai Australia

Noteworthy features on the Hyundai i30: wireless charging compatible with Qi-enabled smartphones. The car is also fitted out with an 8-inch touchscreen.

6. Mazda CX-5 – 25,831 sales

Source: Mazda Australia

Noteworthy features on the Mazda CX-5: active driving display pop-up shows your speed, recognises traffic signs and displays navigation information in your line of sight.

7. Hyundai Tucson – 23,828 sales

Source: Hyundai Australia

Noteworthy features on the Hyundai Tucson: panorama glass roof, generous cabin space and premium interior features such as an electrically adjusting driver’s seat.

8. Holden Commodore – 23,676 sales

Source: Holden Australia

Noteworthy features on the Holden Commodore: satellite navigation technology, quality safety features and Head Up Display, which displays important information such as navigation and speed to the driver in their direct line of sight.

9. Toyota Camry – 23,620 sales

Source: Toyota Australia

Noteworthy features on the Toyota Camry: spacious interior and the multimedia and navigation capabilities are considered top tier as the vehilce moves into a more modern and aerodynamic design.

10. Mitsubishi Triton – 23,605 sales

Source: Mitsubishi Motors Australia

Noteworthy features on the Mitsubishi Triton: towing technology, ease of driving (touted as being as easy as driving a passenger car), ample load capacity in the tray and a spacious interior.


*Total vehicle sales include national government fleet sales.

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