The Australian new car market is divided into ‘segments’ by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), making it simpler to work out how a given vehicle is performing against its closest competitors.
With the halfway point of the year well and truly in the rear-view mirror now, it seems like a good time to evaluate which models sit atop each of these segments year-to-date – giving you an insight into the vehicles most favoured by Australians across the board.
The wider new car market is broken up into three subsets called passenger cars (hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, coupes, convertibles, people-movers); SUVs; and light commercials (utes, vans and buses). Within each subset are smaller clusters organised by size and price.
Where appropriate I’ll describe both the premium and mainstream ends of a given vehicle segment, but for smaller-scale corners of the market I’ll combine the two. Also, if any of these segments seem strange to you, blame the FCAI.
Premium small cars
Premium medium cars
Upper large cars
Premium small SUV
Premium medium SUV
Premium large SUV
Upper large SUV
- Toyota HiLux: 28,693 sales
- Ford Ranger: 20,978 sales
- Mitsubishi Triton: 16,551 sales
- June 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- May 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- April 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- March 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- February 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- January 2022 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
- December 2021 Australian new vehicle sales (VFACTS)
Got any questions about car sales? Ask away in the comments and I’ll jump in!