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It’s a tightly-run race these days for the coveted crown of best-selling 4X4, and there are two familiar faces at the top of the pack: Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux. Where other car news sites are including the 2X4 models, we’re going to only look at the 4WD models.

In 4X4 land, the Ford Ranger is continuing to grow it’s lead, racking up another 3,384 sales for May 2017. That’s 23.2% of the 4X4 ute market, and an impressive 20% growth in numbers compared to this time last year.

Check out the best-and-worst selling 4X4s of 2017.

4X4 utes are one of the main driving forces behind a growing new vehicle market, with lucrative market share on offer in Australia.

4X4 utes are one of the main driving forces behind a growing new vehicle market, with lucrative market share on offer in Australia.

In 2nd Place is Toyota’s never-say-die HiLux, which is surely basking in the glory from the cool Tonka Concept Toyota released this year. There are now another 3,136 4X4 Hiluxes on the roads these days, making a 9.1% growth for 2017. Impressively, the Ranger and Hilux account for almost of 45% of 4X4 utes sold.

From there, the numbers get progressively smaller. The much-improved Colorado made 1,699 sales, followed by the sharply-priced Triton (1,472). The improved Isuzu D-MAX is reaping dividends of outselling the mark-missing Navara (1,242 vs 1,194).

We can’t get our heads around why the Amarok isn’t doing better than it does, only selling 713 for the month, which is slightly more than the Mazda BT-50. In the meantime, the LandCruiser 70 Series, which still charges you a $2,700 premium on top of the high pricing for the privelidge of air conditioning, sold 824 units.

May 2017 4X4 Ute Sales

Make Model Deriv 2017 Month 2017 Total Share 2016 Total Month Variance Year Variance
Ford Ranger 4X4 3,384 14,114 22.40% 11,789 29.30% 19.70%
Toyota Hilux 4X4 3,136 13,202 21.00% 12,099 14.60% 9.10%
Holden Colorado 4X4 1,699 7,423 11.80% 6,095 32.80% 21.80%
Mitsubishi Triton 4X4 1,472 7,661 12.20% 7,571 16.90% 1.20%
Isuzu D-Max 4X4 1,242 4,384 7.00% 4,367 33.70% 0.40%
Nissan Navara 4X4 1,194 5,439 8.60% 5,904 -20.50% -7.90%
Toyota Landcruiser PU/CC 824 3,227 5.10% 2,833 26.40% 13.90%
Volkswagen Amarok 4X4 713 3,237 5.10% 3,518 -5.10% -8.00%
Mazda BT-50 4X4 693 3,622 5.80% 3,863 -13.80% -6.20%
Foton Tunland 4X4 139 320 0.50% 294 131.70% 8.80%
RAM Laramie 32 134 0.20% 103 60.00% 30.10%
Great Wall Steed 4X4 19 89 0.10% 0
Nissan Patrol PU/CC 7 95 0.20% 103 -72.00% -7.80%
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon CC 6 16 0.00% 67 -66.70% -76.10%
Ssangyong Sports 4X4 0 1 0.00% 22 -100.00% -95.50%
RAM BigHorn 0 0 0.00% 1 -100.00% -100.00%
Land Rover Defender PU/CC 0 0 0.00% 17 -100.00%
Great Wall V200 4X4 0 0 0.00% 1 -100.00%
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