Top 10 new cars in every Australian state and territory

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A breakdown of Australia’s most popular new cars across the eight states and territories has been uncovered as the year-end approaches.


Each month, the auto industry publishes national data on new car sales, model by model and brand by brand. However, it only tells part of the story.

Thanks to additional data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Conduct can reveal the Top 10 new car sales in every state and territory so far this year – January through October 2022 – and the results hold more than a few surprises.

In seven of Australia’s eight states and territories, the country’s best-selling new motor vehicle, the Toyota HiLux, retains its top spot.



However, the Toyota HiLux ranks second in sales in Victoria behind the Ford Ranger (which is ranked second nationally). Could this be skewed by all of Ford’s company cars (headquarters are still in Melbourne, even after manufacturing has closed), or are private buyers and traders driving the surge in single sales?

Toyota – which has sold more than twice as many cars as its nearest competitor so far this year – has three models in the Top 10 sales in each state and territory, as well as six of the top 10 in the Territory North.

As previously reported, utes continue to dominate the 2022 sales charts, not only in terms of overall sales (with the HiLux and Ranger in the top two spots), but also in terms of the number of different models featured in the charts. State by State. .



While national adoption of electric cars has increased by almost 500% compared to the same period last year, only two battery-powered models have entered the Top 10 in any region, with model 3 and Tesla’s Model Y making the cut in the Australian Capital Territory.

Data below provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and compiled by Jordan Mulach.

New South Wales – 282,669 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 16,482
  2. Ford Ranger – 10,438
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 10,264
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 7441
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 7191
  6. Toyota Corolla – 7154
  7. Hyundai i30 – 6060
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 5944
  9. Kia Sportage – 5219
  10. MG ZS-5186

In Australia’s largest region for new car sales, the national leader holds a clear advantage, with the Toyota HiLux ahead of the Ford Ranger.



Ford’s next-generation Ranger faced a slow rollout in local showrooms, which led to the Toyota RAV4 coming within ute-striking distance for second place.

Continuing the national trend, utes dominate the sales charts with four entries in the top eight spots, while four SUVs and two small cars split the remaining spots.

Victoria – 237,775 vehicles sold since the beginning of the year

  1. Ford Ranger – 11,923
  2. Toyota HiLux – 10,193
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 7223
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 6474
  5. Mitsubishi Triton – 5147
  6. Hyundai i30 – 4896
  7. Isuzu D-Max – 4371
  8. Hyundai Tucson – 4152
  9. Toyota Corolla – 4139
  10. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 3852

Victoria is the only Australian state or territory where sales are led by the Ford Ranger, with the next-generation model currently outselling the otherwise dominant Toyota HiLux by more than 1,500 examples.



Only two of the 10 cars that featured on NSW maps are missing from Victoria – the Kia Sportage and the MG MG3.

While the MG3 was replaced by the significantly bigger and more expensive Toyota LandCruiser Prado, the Sportage gave way to its twin, the Hyundai Tucson.

Queensland – 194,766 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 14,171
  2. Ford Ranger – 7337
  3. Mitsubishi Triton – 6340
  4. Toyota RAV4-5972
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 5579
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 5242
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 5021
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander – 3594
  9. Mazda BT-50 – 3583
  10. MG MG3 – 3419

Queensland is one of two Australian states in which utes hold the top three spots – comfortably led by the Toyota HiLux – as well as being the only region where pick-ups make up five of the top 10 positions.



Toyota has sold nearly twice as many copies of its best-selling SUV in the Sunshine State as Ford’s second Ranger, while the Mitsubishi Triton clings to third place ahead of the Toyota RAV4.

The Mazda BT-50 makes its only state-based Top 10 appearance – in Queensland – despite its Isuzu D-Max twin appearing in all eight lists.

Western Australia – 87,602 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 7340
  2. Ford Ranger – 4219
  3. Toyota RAV4-2937
  4. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 2903
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 2697
  6. Mitsubishi Triton – 2634
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 2114
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander-2006
  9. Toyota Corolla – 1918
  10. Hyundai i30 – 1707

The Toyota HiLux’s sales dominance continues in Western Australia where it again outpaces the Ford Ranger.

The Toyota RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado are only split by 34 sales, despite being aimed at separate parts of the SUV market and listed at different price points.

The Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton are locked in a close battle in Western Australia with 63 sales between them for fifth place.

South Australia – 58,501 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 3507
  2. Toyota RAV4 – 2429
  3. Ford Ranger – 2386
  4. Mitsubishi Triton – 2051
  5. Mazda CX-5 – 1888
  6. Isuzu D-Max – 1683
  7. Toyota Corolla – 1506
  8. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 1296
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander – 1295
  10. MG ZS-1211

The biggest sales battle in South Australia is between the Toyota RAV4 (currently second) and the Ford Ranger (third place), with just 43 sales between them for second place in the state.



As in Western Australia, the Toyota LandCruiser Prado is in close competition with another SUV, this time the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander which trailed by just one sale at the end of October.

Tasmania – 15,708 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1126
  2. Ford Ranger-773
  3. Mitsubishi Triton-717
  4. Toyota RAV4-660
  5. Isuzu D-Max – 471
  6. Suzuki Baleno-379
  7. MG MG3 – 366
  8. MG ZS-334
  9. Toyota Corolla – 303
  10. Mitsubishi ASX-287

Drivers on Apple Island continue to favor the Toyota HiLux and other vehicles such as the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max, but small cars and SUVs are growing in popularity.

Apart from the Toyota RAV4, the remaining five spots are occupied by small cars and small SUVs, including the Suzuki Baleno (the Japanese brand’s only Top 10 in all jurisdictions), MG3 and ZS, Toyota Corolla and Mitsubishi ASX.

Australian Capital Territory – 13,533 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 568
  2. Toyota RAV4-470
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 422
  4. Ford Ranger-396
  5. Mazda CX-30-317
  6. Hyundai i30-300
  7. Toyota Corolla – 298
  8. Mitsubishi Triton – 283
  9. Tesla Model Y – 258
  10. Isuzu D-Max – 241

While the Toyota HiLux appears to be the best-selling new car in the nation’s capital, without its 4×2 and 4×4 sales combined, the top spot would go to the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota has sold 100 more RAV4s than HiLux 4x4s in the Australian Capital Territory this year, with the ute slipping to fourth place when its 198 4×2 sales are not added to its total.

The ACT’s Top 10 list also includes the only electric car appearances in any state or territory – the Tesla Model 3 (third) and Tesla Model Y (ninth).



Northern Territory – 8,327 vehicles sold year-to-date

  1. Toyota HiLux – 1293
  2. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado-505
  3. Toyota RAV4-415
  4. Toyota Corolla – 280
  5. Mitsubishi Triton/Ford Ranger–271
  6. MG ZS-254
  7. Toyota LandCruiser Series 70 – 214
  8. Isuzu D-Max – 209
  9. MG MG3 – 186
  10. Toyota Fortuner – 157

At the top of the range, sales of the Toyota HiLux 4×4 exceed those of all other models and all other car brands.

Between January and October, Toyota said it sold 836 examples of the four-wheel-drive HiLux in the Northern Territory. During the same period, Mitsubishi – the region’s second most popular automaker – sold 604 cars.

Toyota asserted its dominance in the region with six of the top 10 finishes, including the only appearances of the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and the Toyota Fortuner.

From January to October 2022, the Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger both recorded 271 sales – each in nine deliveries of the Toyota Corolla small car.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-proclaimed iRacing addict and can be found on the weekends driving his Octavia RS or swearing on his ZH Fairlane.

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