Toyota HiLux continues to lead Australian vehicles sales

The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle
sales figures for May 2022.

A total of 94,383 vehicles were sold in May bringing the year-to-date total to 437,884. This
result represents a decrease of 6.4 per cent on the same month in 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said global supply chains struggling to recover from
pandemic impacts meant demand for new vehicles in Australia continues to outstrip

“The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor
units and shipping delays. This issue is not unique to Australia.

“Car makers continue to report high demand across dealer showrooms and online
marketplaces. Pandemic interruptions continue to impact manufacturing and conflict in
Ukraine has disrupted vehicle component supply. Monthly sales figures are also
dependent on shipping arrivals which continue to be uncertain. We do not expect supply
chains to stabilise until these issues are resolved.”

Sales across every State and Territory were down apart from the Northern Territory where
973 vehicles were sold representing an increase of 2.4 per cent on May 2021. Sales in the
Australian Capital Territory fell 11 per cent (1,367); New South Wales 6.3 per cent
(30,757); Queensland 11.3 per cent (18,997); South Australia 8.2 per cent (6,098);
Tasmania 6.8 per cent (1,651); Victoria 0.8 per cent (25,164); and Western Australia 9.1
per cent (9,353).

Toyota led the market with a total of 22,813 vehicles sold. Kia was next with 7,307
followed by Hyundai (7,063), Mazda (6,474) and Mitsubishi (6,086).

The Toyota Hi-Lux was the highest-selling model with 5,178. Toyota RAV4 was next with
3,925 followed by Ford’s Ranger (3,751); Toyota Corolla (3,310); and Toyota LandCruiser

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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