Top 10 new cars in every Australian state and territory

A breakdown of Australia’s most popular new cars across all eight states and territories has been revealed ahead of the end of the year.

Each month, the auto industry publishes national data on new car sales, model by model and brand by brand. However, this only tells part of the story.

Thanks to additional data provided by the Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry (FCAI), I’m driving can reveal the Top 10 new car sales in each state and territory so far this year – from January to October 2022 – and the results have more than a few surprises.

In seven of Australia’s eight states and territories, the nation’s best-selling new motor vehicle – the Toyota HiLux – retains its top spot.

However, the Toyota HiLux ranks second in the sales charts in Victoria behind the Ford Ranger (which is second in the national rankings). Could this be skewed by all of Ford’s company cars (the head office is still in Melbourne, even after production closed), or are private buyers and dealers behind the unique sales spike?

Toyota – which has sold more than twice as many cars as its nearest competitor so far this year – has three models in the Top 10 sales charts in every state and territory, as well as six of the Top 10 spots in the Northern Territory.

As previously reported, utes continue to dominate the 2022 sales charts, not only in terms of leading overall sales (with the HiLux and Ranger in the top two spots) but also in terms of the number of different models , presented in the rankings for individual countries.

Although the national rollout of electric cars is up nearly 500 percent compared to the same period last year, only two battery-powered models made the Top 10 in each region, with Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y making the cut in the Australian Capital Territory ranking.

The data below is provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry and compiled by Jordan Mulach.

New South Wales – 282,669 cars sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 16,482
  2. Ford Ranger – 10,438
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 10,264
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 7441
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 7191
  6. Toyota Corolla – 7154
  7. Hyundai i30 – 6060
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 5944
  9. Kia Sportage – 5219
  10. MG ZS – 5186

In Australia’s biggest new car sales region, it’s the national leader that has a clear advantage, with the Toyota HiLux comfortably ahead of the Ford Ranger.

Ford’s new-generation Ranger faced a slow rollout in local showrooms, leaving the Toyota RAV4 within striking distance of second place.

Continuing the national trend, utes dominate the sales charts with four entries in the top eight spots, while four SUVs and two small cars share the remaining spots.

Victoria – 237,775 cars sold year to date

  1. Ford Ranger – 11,923
  2. Toyota HiLux – 10,193
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 7223
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 6474
  5. Mitsubishi Triton – 5147
  6. Hyundai i30 – 4896
  7. Isuzu D-Max – 4371
  8. Hyundai Tucson – 4152
  9. Toyota Corolla – 4139
  10. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 3852

Victoria is the only Australian state or territory where sales are led by the Ford Ranger, with the new-generation model currently outselling the otherwise dominant Toyota HiLux by more than 1,500 units.

Only two of the 10 cars featured in the NSW charts are missing from Victoria – the Kia Sportage and the MG MG3.

While the MG3 was replaced by the significantly larger and more expensive Toyota LandCruiser Prado, the Sportage swapped places with its Hyundai Tucson twin.

Queensland – 194,766 cars sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 14,171
  2. Ford Ranger – 7337
  3. Mitsubishi Triton – 6340
  4. Toyota RAV4 – 5972
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 5579
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 5242
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 5021
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander – 3594
  9. Mazda BT-50 – 3583
  10. MG MG3 – 3419

Queensland is one of only two Australian states where utes occupy the top three spots – comfortably led by the Toyota HiLux – as well as the only region where pickups occupy five of the Top 10 positions.

Toyota has sold almost twice as many units of its best-selling ute in the Sunshine State as Ford’s second-placed Ranger, while the Mitsubishi Triton remains in third place ahead of the Toyota RAV4.

The Mazda BT-50 only appears in the Top 10 by state – in Queensland – although its Isuzu D-Max twin appears in all eight lists.

Western Australia – 87,602 cars sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 7340
  2. Ford Ranger – 4219
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 2937
  4. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 2903
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 2697
  6. Mitsubishi Triton – 2634
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 2114
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander – 2006
  9. Toyota Corolla – 1918
  10. Hyundai i30 – 1707

The Toyota HiLux’s sales dominance continues in Western Australia, where it once again leads the Ford Ranger.

The Toyota RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado are separated by just 34 sales, although they target separate parts of the SUV market and are included in different price groups.

The Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton are in a close battle in Western Australia with 63 sales between them for fifth place.

South Australia – 58,501 cars sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3507
  2. Toyota RAV4 – 2429
  3. Ford Ranger – 2386
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 2051
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 1888
  6. Isuzu D-Max – 1683
  7. Toyota Corolla – 1506
  8. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 1296
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander – 1295
  10. MG ZS – 1211

South Australia’s biggest sales battle is between the Toyota RAV4 (currently second) and the Ford Ranger (third), with just 43 sales between them for second place in the state.

As in Western Australia, the Toyota LandCruiser Prado is in close competition with another SUV, this time the new-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which was just one sale behind at the end of October.

Tasmania – 15,708 vehicles sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1126
  2. Ford Ranger – 773
  3. Mitsubishi Triton – 717
  4. Toyota RAV4 – 660
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 471
  6. Suzuki Baleno – 379
  7. MG MG3 – 366
  8. MG ZS – 334
  9. Toyota Corolla – 303
  10. Mitsubishi ASX – 287

Drivers on the Apple Isle continue to favor the Toyota HiLux and other cars such as the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max – although small cars and SUVs are gaining popularity.

Apart from the Toyota RAV4, the remaining five spots are held by small cars and small SUVs, including the Suzuki Baleno (the Japanese brand’s only Top 10 result in any jurisdiction), the MG3 and ZS, the Toyota Corolla and the Mitsubishi ASX.

Australian Capital Territory – 13,533 vehicles sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 568
  2. Toyota RAV4 – 470
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 422
  4. Ford Ranger – 396
  5. Mazda CX-30 – 317
  6. Hyundai i30 – 300
  7. Toyota Corolla – 298
  8. Mitsubishi Triton – 283
  9. Tesla Model Y – 258
  10. Isuzu D-Max – 241

Although the Toyota HiLux appears to be the best-selling new car in the national capital, without its 4×2 and 4×4 sales combined, the top spot will go to the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota has sold 100 more RAV4s than the 4×4 HiLuxe in the Australian Capital Territory this year, with the Utah slipping to fourth place when its 198 4×2 sales are not added to the total.

The ACT Top 10 list also includes the only appearances for electric cars in any state or territory – the Tesla Model 3 (third) and the Tesla Model Y (ninth).

Northern Territory – 8,327 vehicles sold year to date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1293
  2. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 505
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 415
  4. Toyota Corolla – 280
  5. Mitsubishi Triton/Ford Ranger – 271
  6. MG ZS – 254
  7. Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series – 214
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 209
  9. MG MG3 – 186
  10. Toyota Fortuner – 157

In the upper class, the Toyota HiLux 4×4 outsells any other model and any other car brand.

Between January and October, Toyota reported 836 four-wheel-drive HiLux units sold in the Northern Territory. In the same period, Mitsubishi – the second most popular car manufacturer in the region – sold 604 cars.

Toyota asserted its dominance in the region, securing six of the top 10 spots – including the sole appearances of the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and Toyota Fortuner.

From January to October 2022, the Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger each recorded 271 sales – each within nine deliveries of the Toyota Corolla small car.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal, currently lives in Brisbane/Turbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or revising his ZH Fairlane.

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