We reveal the best-selling 4×4 vehicles of 2019.
Written by Tristan Tancredi
Article from WhichCar
THE Ford Ranger has stamped 2019 shut with a comprehensive victory on the 4×4 2019 sales charts.
The Blue Oval ute finished off the year with a total of 37,004 (4×4) sales, edging out its long-term nemesis – the Toyota Hilux – by a not insignificant 679 units. The Hilux was the best-selling 4×4 in 2018, but sales dropped in 2019 by 5.8 per cent; reflective of overall market trends.
Interestingly, Ford sold more Ranger 4x4s in 2019 than it did in 2018, bucking a trend in the market which saw a dramatic drop in new vehicle sales. Case in point, 90,244 fewer new vehicles were purchased in 2019 (a year-to-date drop of 7.8 per cent), and 12,337 fewer LCV vehicles were purchased during that same time.
Despite the drop-off in sales, the LCV segment experienced annual growth of 0.6 per cent to claim a 21.2 per cent share of the overall new vehicle market.
“2019 reflects a tough year for the Australian economy, with challenges including tightening of lending, movements in exchange rates, slow wages growth and, of course, the extreme environmental factors our country is experiencing,” said Tony Weber, the chief executive of the FCAI.
10 BEST-SELLING 4X4s in 2019
It was business as usual on the monthly 4×4 charts, with the Hilux, Ranger and Triton once again occupying the podium. Isuzu’s D-Max also ended the decade with a flourish, shifting 1394 units in December and climbing to fourth spot on the charts.