April 2017 new vehicle sales figures have been released, showing an increasing dominance in ute sales, and a list of pretty clear winners and losers. It’s interesting to note here that although overall sales of new vehicles in Australia have slowed 2.8% for the year and 5.1% for the month, SUV and 4X4 sales are bucking the trend with growth. 4X4 ute sales have jumped 5.2% so far this year, and SUV sales are up 1.7%.

Ford has finally had the chance to assert some dominance over the long-reigning  Toyota HiLux, with 10,730 Ranger sales for the year so far. The HiLux has racked up 10,066, with no other model getting close to breaking 5 figures. Mitsubishi’s value-laden Triton comes 3rd in utes (and overall 4X4 sales), with 6,189.

The improvements that Holden made to their Colorado ute is starting to pay dividends as well, with a 19% jump in sales compared to this time last year. Now, they are shifting 5,724 models.

Toyota’s LandCruiser Prado continues to sell in big, solid numbers, with 5,067 units being sold so far in 2017. Competition for it is far away, with Jeep’s updated Grand Cherokee sitting at 1,559 for the year, and Ford’s Everest racking up 1,198.

Mitsubishi's Pajero Sport has taken off to a great start in 2017 vehicle sales.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is leading the ute-based-wagon sales race for 2017.

Mitsubishi will also be impressed with their Pajero Sport, which has marked down it’s dominance in the ute-based-wagon segment. It has racked up 2,751 sales, which beats out the much-improved Trailblazer (982) and just-updated Isuzu MU-X 1,956, whose sales should bounce back after a solid update.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota’s FJ Cruiser isn’t getting much love, with only a handful of sales last month.

Who’s not going so well? Toyota’s FJ Cruiser is getting phased out, with only 9 sales in April for a total of 91 in 2017. Toyota’s HiLux-based Fortuner is feeling the burn of new and improved competition, with only 607 selling so far this year. That’s a 56% drop for the year. The Jeep Wrangler is also getting hurt, with a 27% drop so far in 2017, to 328 units. And the little Suzuki Jimny has dropped down 83%, because of it’s problem with Australian Standards.

 

Make Model April Sales 2017 Sales Segment share Variance
Ford Ranger 2,708 10,730 22.20% 17.00%
Toyota Hilux 2,607 10,066 20.80% 7.50%
Mitsubishi Triton 1,114 6,189 12.80% -1.90%
Holden Colorado 1,622 5,724 11.80% 18.90%
Toyota Prado 1,301 5,067 13.40% 0.40%
Nissan Navara 1,103 4,245 8.80% -3.60%
Toyota Landcruiser 1,032 3,883 90.60% 10.80%
Isuzu D-Max 921 3,142 6.50% -8.60%
Mazda BT-50 617 2,929 6.10% -4.20%
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 593 2,751 7.30% 90.40%
Volkswagen Amarok 500 2,524 5.20% -8.80%
Toyota Landcruiser Ute 597 2,403 5.00% 10.20%
Isuzu MU-X 419 1,956 5.20% -13.10%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 430 1,559 4.10% -42.30%
Mitsubishi Pajero 181 1,393 3.70% -7.40%
Ford Everest 310 1,198 3.20% -2.90%
Range Rover Sport 127 1,162 16.90% 11.70%
Holden Trailblazer 227 982 2.60%
Toyota Fortuner 135 607 1.60% -56.50%
Jeep Cherokee 100 433 0.90% -33.60%
Nissan Patrol 48 402 9.40% -24.20%
Jeep Wrangler 70 328 0.90% -26.90%
Suzuki Grand Vitara 41 232 0.50% -61.00%
Land Rover Discovery 6 215 3.10% -78.30%
Foton Tunland 32 181 0.40% -22.60%
Land Rover Range Rover 27 167 23.30% 0.00%
Lexus LX 29 129 18.00% 57.30%
RAM Laramie 30 102 0.20% 22.90%
Toyota FJ Cruiser 9 91 0.20% -77.80%
Nissan Patrol 6 88 0.20% 12.80%
Great Wall Steed 20 70 0.10%
Suzuki Jimny 22 60 0.20% -83.60%
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 14 45 6.30% 28.60%
Infiniti QX80 5 25 3.50% 56.30%
Haval H9 4 14 0.00%
Bentley Bentayga 1 14 2.00%
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 5 10 0.00% -79.60%
Holden Colorado 7 0 1 0.00% -99.90%