New cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in Australia set a new record of 1.15 million sales in 2015, a 1.7 per cent increase on the previous record, set in 2013, and a 3.8 per cent increase on the 2014 sales. This increase is largely due to the ever-growing popularity of SUVs (4x4 and soft roaders), which continue to close in on the sales lead of conventional passenger cars.
Meanwhile, utes continue to dominate the 4x4 market, even if sales of the Toyota Hilux and the Nissan Navara – both of which were at the end of long product cycles in 2015 – decreased from 2014 to 2015. All the other popular 4x4 utes, led by the Ford Ranger, increased sales in 2015, compared with what they achieved in 2014.
Only three 4x4 wagons, the Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser 200, and Jeep Grand Cherokee made it into the top-end for 2015, as they did in 2014, but only the LC200 increased its sales.
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