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It was a wheel-to-wheel race to the finish between the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger to be crowned 2021 champion.
The duo collectively sold more than 103,000 vehicles - more than 10 per cent of Australia’s 1,049,831 vehicles sold last year.
That total represents an increase of 14.5 per cent on the automotive industry’s pandemic-powered and semiconductor-shorted “annus horribilis” that was 2020.
The figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and are a positive result, despite the past quarter seeing a slump compared to previous years.
SUVs accounted for more than half of all sales for the first time in Australia, reflecting our increasing preference for high-riding vehicles.
Toyota led two of the four SUV categories: Toyota Prado (21,299 sales) in the large SUVs and Toyota RAV4 (35,751) in the medium ranks.
Mazda took the honours in the light SUV battle with 12,873 sales, while MG’s ZS model owned the small division with 18,423 sales.
The Toyota Corolla was the most popular sedan/hatch sold in the country last year, accounting for 28,768 registrations in the small car ranks. Its bigger brother, the Toyota Camry, tops the medium passenger car segment with 13, 081 sales. Daylight is second in the form of the Mazda5 with 1491 sales, just ahead of the Skoda Octavia.
Japan still accounts for the majority of all cars sold in Australia at 33.4 per cent, ahead of Thailand (22 per cent) and South Korea (13.8 per cent).