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Top 20 best-selling cars in May: Toyota HiLux nabs crown back from Ford Ranger


An overall rise in vehicle sales in Australia’s hasn’t phased the Hilux which has once again taken the throne as our best selling vehicle

The 2021 Toyota Hilux has once against stolen the crown from the Ford Ranger as the best-selling car in Australia this May.

The Ranger was only slightly behind the Hilux, recording 4,254 and 4,402 sales in May respectively, with both leading a pack of steadfast sellers in Australia that includes the Toyota RAV4 midsize SUV which was hot on their heels with 4,014 sales.

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Despite the Landcruiser 200 Series being in runout mode its still took fourth place

Despite the 200 Series being well into its runout period and often sold with a huge markup, the Landcruiser retained its fourth-place spot at 3,399 sales.

Australia purchased 100,809 vehicles in May, which is naturally triumphant over last year’s dismal 59,894 May result under Covid-19 lockdown conditions, but it was also a healthy 8.9 per cent increase over the results seen in the same month in 2019.

Aside from the top-four, we saw some notable success from the Isuzu with the D-Max ute which recorded 3,058 sales and jumped from 10th to 5th place, as it battles production delays that if cleared, could see it sell even more models to ute-hungry Australians. 

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The Triton ute sold 2,317 unts in May and was seventh overal

The Mazda CX-5 midsize SUV pulled in 2,768 sales after a subtle update earlier this year, followed by more beefy 4X4s in the Mitsubishi Triton (2,317) and Toyota Landcruiser Prado (2,214). 

Toyota’s faithful Corolla (2190) came in ninth with the Hyundai i30 (2127) close behind, as Australian’s continue to turn towards utes and SUVs over small hatchbacks.  

Outside of the top ten, we saw another small car in the Kia Cerato (2,052) following closely behind, while MG’s ZS small SUV continued its impressive showing (1,605).

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The Nissan X-Trail dropped out of the top ten with a replacement expected soon

Despite a recent update the Nissan Navara (1,544) was behind its rivals in 13th place, as was the Mazda BT-50 (1,429) in 17th place – though both figures are still very respectable.

Nissan’s X-Trail (1,535) was close behind its ute siblings but has dropped out of the top ten, with Australia currently awaiting the successor that is on sale in the United States.

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The Toyota Camry was the only sedan in the top 20 but continues to have a strong following

Mazda’s unstoppable CX-3 led the light SUV segment at 1,533 sales and was 15th overall, followed by its newer and bigger brother the CX-30 at 1,471 sales.

Its Hyundai Kona rival recorded 1,400 sales in May following a recent facelift, with the final two spots rounded out by the Toyota Camry (1,369) and Subaru Forester (1,307).