More than 1.2 million new cars were sold in Australia throughout 2023, with almost 110,000 of these being hybrid or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

    Last year was a record one for both hybrids and PHEVs, as the 98,439 hybrids bettered the previous year’s record by 20 per cent when 81,816 were sold.

    While PHEVs are still the second-least popular drivetrain – sitting only above hydrogen vehicles – the 11,212 plug-in petrol-hybrid cars sold represented growth of almost 89 per cent on the year prior, behind only the growth rate of the electric vehicle segment (up 161 per cent).

    Australian hybrid sales in 2023

    Overall market leader Toyota continued its sales dominance in the electrified vehicle sales charts, led by its ever-popular RAV4 SUV, Corolla hatchback and sedan, and Camry sedan.

    In total, Toyota’s hybrids accounted for 72,084 sales – a staggering 73 per cent of total hybrid sales, and 5.9 per cent of total new car sales in 2023.

    After Toyota models locked out the top six spots, GWM finished the year in seventh and ninth place, courtesy of the Haval H6 hybrid and Jolion hybrids – which were split by the Lexus NX.

    Rounding out the top ten in sales was the Toyota C-HR hybrid, edging out the Lexus RX350h and RX500h.

    The Nissan X-Trail e-Power, which differs from Toyota’s hybrids in using its petrol engine as a generator to charge a battery that powers the electric motors, was the 12th best-selling hybrid.

    ModelSalesPercentage of model sales
    Toyota RAV425,66686.6
    Toyota Corolla16,45582.3
    Toyota Camry977192.3
    Toyota Kluger696666.8
    Toyota Corolla Cross573472.3
    Toyota Yaris Cross438767.3
    GWM Haval H6416231.8
    Lexus NX350h300243.7
    GWM Haval Jolion301726.8
    Toyota C-HR253753
    Lexus RX350h/500h232684.7
    Nissan X-Trail e-Power227917.8
    Lexus ES300h152788.4
    Lexus UX250h146359.3
    Subaru Forester14008.5
    Hyundai Santa Fe135322.4
    Honda HR-V e:HEV100145.9
    Kia Niro82645.2
    Honda ZR-V e:HEV 73932.4
    Hyundai Kona 6826
    Subaru Crosstrek5876.5
    Toyota Yaris54726
    Honda CR-V e:HEV5026.4
    Kia Sorento3384
    GWM Tank 300 24412.6
    Honda Civic e:HEV24418.5
    Subaru XV1419.8
    Honda Accord10774.3
    Lexus LM350h41100
    Toyota Tundra 20100
    Maserati Levante1851.4
    Lexus LS500h1155
    Lexus LC500h710
    Maserati Ghibli413.8
    Toyota Prius1100

    Australian plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales in 2023

    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV held the top spot in plug-in sales in 2023, followed closely by the MG HS Plus EV.

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was Australia’s third best-selling PHEV, narrowly ahead of the Mazda CX-60.

    Another surprising result was the Kia Sorento PHEV, which outsold its traditional Sorento hybrid sibling by 152 examples.

    ModelSalesPercentage of model sales
    Mitsubishi Outlander22749.4
    MG HS Plus EV217126.7
    Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross129616.6
    Mazda CX-60113950
    Volvo XC6059923.6
    Kia Sorento4905.86
    Cupra Formentor VZe48523
    Volvo XC90 Recharge47936.9
    Mini Countryman Cooper SE46929.9
    Lexus NX450h+4156
    Ford Escape26311.3
    BMW 330e1745.5
    BMW XM150100
    Audi Q5 55 TFSI e1373.2
    BMW X3 xDrive30e1323.3
    Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS102100
    BMW X5 xDrive45e/50e962.6
    Range Rover Sport P460e803.6
    Range Rover Evoque P300e6214.8
    Cupra Leon VZe6013.6
    Peugeot 3008579.8
    Alfa Romeo Tonale5615.3
    Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid553.6
    Mercedes-Benz GLC300e430.8
    Peugeot 3084014.3
    Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe383
    Ferrari SF90 Stradale/Spider32100
    Peugeot 5082516
    Mercedes-AMG GT63 S22100
    Land Rover Defender 110 P400e170.4
    Audi Q8163
    Mercedes-AMG C63 S140.5
    Mercedes-Benz A250e130.5
    Land Rover Range Rover P460e101.4
    Citroen C5 X PHEV913.2
    Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid710
    Bentley Bentayga Hybrid76.5
    Mercedes-Benz E300e61.4
    BMW 530e40.8
    Range Rover Velar P400e40.8
    Bentley Flying Spur317.6
    Hyundai Ioniq1100
    Peugeot 408120

    Sales of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are expected to grow this year, with more than a dozen models due to arrive in Australian showrooms throughout 2024.

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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