For the first time ever, Australia’s best-selling car of 2016 is not a car at all, but Toyota’s HiLux ute.
According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries sales report, Australians bought 42,104 new HiLuxes, beating last year’s best seller, Toyota Corolla by 1,774. Hyundai’s i30 secured third place with 37,772, followed by another ute, Ford Ranger (36,934) and Mazda3 (36,107).
Overall, Australia purchased 1,178,133 new passenger cars, up 2% from 2015, driven by business sales (up 13%) and rental sales (up 6%). Private sales declined by 5.8% and government purchases by 1.4%.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said “Calendar year 2016 marks the seventh year in a row that the Australian new car market has topped 1 million sales, and this result posts the industry’s third record in four years”
2016 was a big year with our choice of new cars ever expanding, from the Ford Mustang through to the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and everything in between. There were cars released for enthusiasts, an expansion of electric vehicles and more dual-cabs to capture this forever growing segment.
2016 was also a year the industry lost some cars and the first of our major car manufacturing plants. Here’s some examples for the history books: