Oh what a feeling as Toyota HiLux maintains top spot

HiLux remains the top dog of Australia's new vehicle sales

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TOYOTA'S TOP TRIO: Toyota's Rav4, HiLux ute and Corolla passenger car maintained their popularity with new car buyers during February.

TOYOTA'S TOP TRIO: Toyota's Rav4, HiLux ute and Corolla passenger car maintained their popularity with new car buyers during February.

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Toyota's HiLux ute retained its top spot for new vehicles sales in February.

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The Toyota HiLux has continued its reign as Australia's best-selling vehicle with sales of 4808 vehicles in February.

Last year HiLux (45,176 sales) was Australia's best-selling vehicle for the fifth year in a row and was also Australia's most popular commercial vehicle for the 23rd year straight.

Coming in second in February was the Ford Ranger (2900) followed by the Toyota Rav4 (2750), the Toyota Landcruiser (2521) and the Toyota Corolla (2427).

Latest sales data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the automotive industry in Australia, showed 83,977 new vehicles were sold in February, up 5.1 per cent on the same month last year.

This strong result was reflected across all states and territories other than Victoria (down 8.7pc), Tasmania (down 3.9pc) and the ACT (down 38.3pc) compared with February 2020.

Year to date sales of 163,643 vehicles is up 7.9pc on the same period in 2020.

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SUVs have continued to dominate the market with sales of 42,651 vehicles which represented half the total market for February 2021.

Light commercial vehicle sales grabbed a 23pc market share (19,326) and passenger vehicles 22.9pc (19,194).

Motorists are continuing to shift away from passenger vehicles with sales falling 15.3pc in February compared with the same month in February 2020.

Sales of SUVs were up 8.6pc and sales of light commercials were up 24.3pc.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said the result showed that confidence was continuing to grow in the market.

"During the past four months we have seen an increase of 10.6pc in new vehicles and this has been reflected with strong growth in NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory in February 2021.

"The sales reduction in Victoria can be attributed to the COVID 19 restrictions that were put in place during the month."

Toyota was the leading brand in February with sales of 18,375 vehicles (21.9pc of the market) followed by Mazda with 8322 (9.9pc), Hyundai with 6252 (7.4pc), Mitsubishi with 6202 (7.4pc) and Kia with 5871 (7pc).

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