Toyota’s HiLux has topped the sales charts as Australia’s best-selling vehicle for the second year in a row, helping the Japanese carmaker deliver its best sales in the country in five years.
Toyota said its local dealers sold 216,566 vehicles last year, more than 100,000 ahead of any other brand.
The result marked the 21st time Toyota has led the Australian new-vehicle market, and the 13th time the brand has sold more than 200,000 vehicles locally in a calendar year.
HiLux, with 47,093 sales, notched up a 20th consecutive year as Australia’s top-selling commercial vehicle, while the ever-green Toyota Corolla – which celebrated 50 years in local showrooms last year – was Australia’s best-selling passenger car for the fifth year in a row with 37,353 sales.
Camry was Australia’s best-selling mid-size car for the 24th year in a row with 23,620 deliveries, with LandCruiser Prado, LandCruiser wagon, HiAce van and HiAce representing Toyota’s other segment leaders.
Commenting on the company’s record sales, Toyota Australia’s president Matthew Callachor said:
“Toyota and the industry have increased sales in each of the past three years and, in 2017, we both achieved all-time records for SUVs and LCVs,” Mr Callachor said.
“In SUVs, Toyota passed 70,000 sales for the first time and our market share rose 1.1 percentage points while the industry exceeded 465,000 sales. Toyota’s RAV4 had its fifth consecutive year of record sales, passing 20,000 deliveries for the first time.
“Records also tumbled for LCVs with Toyota reaching 66,034 sales and the industry exceeding 236,600 sales. Led by HiLux, Toyota increased its market share in this category by almost a full percentage point.”