From the brawny Toyota Prado to the petite Kia Stonic, Australian’s just can’t enough of SUVs and this month was no exception.
The month of September 2021 reconfirmed Australia’s love for the Toyota RAV4 as the midsize SUV took the crown as Australia’s best-selling SUV for the second month in a row.
Despite being plagued with wait times of around nine to 10 months on average for the popular hybrid variants, the RAV4 still managed to secure 3390 sales in September – almost 1000 more than in the same month last year.
As of September, total SUV sales are up 32.6 percent this year when compared to 2020. Growth that was only bested by the light commercial vehicle segment (such as dual-cab utes) with a 36 percent rise.
In 2021, over 416,275 SUV sales have been attributed to more than half of the 816,140 total sales recorded across all categories. By the year’s end, the latter figure should hit 1.1million if it continues to outperform 2020 at the current rate.
These figures, courtesy of the FCAI, show a resilient appetite for new cars and SUVs despite a limited and inconsistent supply of vehicles amid global semiconductors shortages and much of Australia still enduring lockdown.
The RAV4 had a strong lead on its nearest competitor, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado large SUV, which recorded 2173 sales this month following a subtle update earlier this year.
In third place, the Mitsubishi ASX small SUV recorded 1489 sales, only slightly edging out the Hyundai Tucson (1416), and Mazda CX-5 (1415) midsize SUVs, the latter of which took the top spot back in July and is due for a facelift early next year.
The recently launched second-generation Isuzu MU-X large SUV has been gaining momentum, becoming the sixth most popular SUV this month with 1297 sales, and is unlikely to falter after the seven-seater clocked a five-star ANCAP score last month.
Not far behind was the Toyota Kluger in seventh place (1266), which has proved a popular option due, in part, to its all wheel drive hybrid option.
While technically a high-riding wagon, the Subaru Outback (1162) is classified as a large SUV and nabbed eighth position after ANCAP branded it the safest vehicle they had ever tested earlier in September.
The 12th most popular SUV in September was the Ford Everest, which hasn’t been as successful as the closely related Ranger ute but is still a hit with adventure-seeking Australian families that need seven seats.
The Volkswagen Tiguan midsize SUV, encompassing the regular five-seat and seven-seat Allspace versions, nabbed 13th place with 845 sales. The Tiguan will likely see a boost earlier next year when the Allspace is replaced with the facelifted model.
Kia’s latest ad campaign for the Stonic small SUV appears to have resonated with buyers, recording 721 sales in September in its first year on sale, followed by the MG HS midsize SUV in 17th place and with 702 sales.
With stock of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series now all but gone and the replacement facing extensive delays the Nissan Patrol has picked up the tab, recording 700 sales – a nearly 270 percent increase over its results this time last year.
As we do every month, we’ve covered the sales results of all new vehicles in a separate article.
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