AUSTRALIA’S new-4x4 and SUV market has gone gangbusters, to within 17,000 units of catching passenger car sales volumes. To the end of May, 193,317 passenger cars were sold against 176,382 SUVs and 4x4s.

In the dual-range 4WD ute In the dual-range 4WD ute market, the Ford Ranger is just 310 sales behind the Toyota HiLux in year-to-date sales to the end of May. If the Ranger has a few more cracking months, as it did in January (313 sales more than HiLux), it will overtake its rival and it would be the first time HiLux has not been the top-selling 4WD in 11 years.

A vehicle that has slowly fallen down the sales ladder is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gone are the heady days of 2014 when it was the highest-selling large 4x4 wagon with a 15 per cent chunk of the segment. To the end of May this year, the Grand Cherokee is tracking at just 6.7 per cent of its large SUV segment.