TWO-HORSE RACE

ONLY nine sales separated the Hilux and Ranger during the month of May, according to the recent VFACTS report, with Toyota once again standing atop the monthly 4x4 sales podium. Proving the 4x4 market is once again a twohorse race (just like 2017), the Hilux is also the best-selling 4x4 on the YTD charts, edging out the Ranger by 216 sales. Then there’s daylight to the rest of the field. What about the X-Class? With 182 sales, it failed to hit the 4x4 top 20 leaderboard for the month.

Sales of 4WD pick-up and cab-chassis variants were up 3.0 per cent last month compared to May 2017, despite an overall dip in the LCV market by 0.5 per cent – which is nothing compared to the 15.6 per cent decline in passenger car sales. Overall industry sales were also down on the record-setting May 2017, with 100,754 sales compared to 102,901.

The Hilux 4x2/4x4 remains the best-selling vehicle on the overall market, posting 4385 monthy sales. The Ranger 4x2/4x2 was second with 3674 sales.