Booming online retail and subsequent deliveries helped drive record sales of mid-sized vans in Australia – the bread-and-butter part of the market home to top-sellers like the Toyota HiAce.

VFACTS sales data shows that the 2.5-tonne to 3.5-tonne GVM (that means the maximum allowable weight of the van and its load) van market accounted for 25,983 sales in 2021.

That’s the record for this segment since it was created in 2010.

The van market is split into three categories: Under 2.5t GVM (think Volkswagen Caddy and Renault Kangoo), between 2.5t and 3.5t GVM, and above 3.5t GVM (eg. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter). Before 2010 the two smaller van markets were grouped as one.

It’s the mid-tier 2.5t-3.5t GVM segment that accounts for the majority of sales.

Here’s a breakdown of sales in this segment since recording began.

  • 2021: 25,983
  • 2020: 21,213
  • 2019: 18,260
  • 2018: 20,215
  • 2017: 21,654
  • 2016: 20,072
  • 2015: 17,094
  • 2014: 15,890
  • 2013: 15,552
  • 2012: 16,762
  • 2011: 17,746
  • 2010: 19,257

Top of the pops was the Toyota HiAce with 9726 sales and 37.4 per cent market share.

Next was the LDV G10 range, popular with sole trader couriers thanks to rock-bottom pricing, with 3306 sales and 12.7 per cent share.

Rounding out the podium was the Ford Transit Custom with 2488 sales and 9.6 per cent share.

Full list of medium van sales for 2021

ModelSalesMarket share
Toyota Hiace Van9,72637.4%
LDV G10/G10+3,30612.7%
Ford Transit Custom2,4889.6%
Hyundai iLoad2,4469.4%
Renault Trafic2,0938.1%
Mitsubishi Express1,7806.9%
Volkswagen Transporter1,7276.6%
Mercedes-Benz Vito9963.8%
Hyundai Staria Load6112.4%
LDV V805532.1%
Peugeot Expert2571.0%
Mike Costello
Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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