The Best-Selling Cars in Australia for 2020

Sep 20, 2021 | Car Brisbane News

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After a particularly turbulent two years, it would be easy to give a less than favourable outlook on the Australian automotive industry. However, the reality has been quite the opposite. National figures continue to show that new car sales are bouncing back in Australia.

Using data provided by the automotive industry’s peak representative body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t look to have affected the long-term outlook. Although current results are not quite back to pre-pandemic levels, national figures indicate an overall bounce back in new car sales, generally expected to increase well into this year. The forecast is especially positive news for dealerships previously forced to contend with closures and a lack of available inventory.

Vehicles Sales in 2021

Vehicle sales totalled 1,049,831 throughout the year, which is a strong increase of 14.22 % on 2020 figures.

Throughout the year, we’ve seen some new entrants in the best-selling list, while the top of the top has stayed largely the same. Demand for light commercial vehicles (including utes) and mid-sized SUVs has remained, although larger classics have also crept back in.

Australia’s best-selling car… again 

For the sixth year running, Toyota’s flagship Hilux tops the list of Australia’s top-selling cars.

Thanks to increased demand for the great Aussie ute, the brand is known for its durability and reliability has cruised into the top spot once again with its eighth-generation model.

Overall, Toyota took home the most brand market share last year, (21.3 % to be exact), with a total of 223,642 sales. This was followed in second place by Mazda, topping out for the year at less than half of Toyota’s results. Mazda saw 101,119 vehicles sold, giving it a 9.6 % market share. This was followed by Hyundai (72,872 vehicles sold, 6.9 %), Ford (71,380 vehicles sold, 6.8%) and Kia (67,964 vehicles sold, 6.5%).

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Australia’s Best-Selling Cars

Here were the top 10 vehicles sold in Australia in 2021 (as provided by the FCAI).

1. Toyota Hilux

Total Sales: 52,801


Price: Available from $24,225 – $70,750

2. Ford Ranger

Total Sales: 50,279

 Price: Available from $29,190 – $79,390

3. Toyota RAV4

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Total Sales: 35,751

Price: Available from $34,300 to $52,320

4. Toyota Corolla

Total Sales: 28,768

Price: Available from $25,395 to $35,645

5. Hyundai i30


Total Sales: 25,575

Price: Available from $23,420 to $52,000

6.    Isuzu D-MAX

Total Sales: 25,117

Price: Available from $31,200 to $65,900

7.    Madza CX-5

Total Sales: 24,968

Price: Available from $31,390 to $52,580

8.    Toyota Prado

Total Sales: 21,229

Price: Available from $60,830 to $87,807

9. Mitsubishi Triton

10.    MG ZS

Total Sales: 18,423

Price: Available from $21,490 to $26,690


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