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The Best-Selling Cars in Australia for 2020

The Best-Selling Cars in Australia for 2020

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After a particularly turbulent 18 month period, it would be easy to give a less than favourable outlook of the Australian automotive industry. However, the reality has been quite the opposite.

Thanks to compiled data including that provided by 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 bounceback in new car sales, generally expected to increase well into 2021. The forecast is especially positive news for dealerships previously forced to contend with closures and a lack of available inventory.

In Queensland, consumer seem to have been spared the worst of this with January 2021 achieving the greatest increase in sales, compared to the previous year. Other trends related to post-pandemic living are also affecting ongoing car sales. This includes the greater use of rideshare services and less need for vehicles as working from home is increasingly normalised.

In spite of this, for Aussies interested in a new addition to the garage, we can reveal our most popular cars for 2020:

Australia’s best selling car… again

For the fifth year running, Toyota’s flagship Hilux tops the list for Australia’s top-selling car.

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. Toyota is also the highest-selling brand with 204,801 vehicles sold across the year to take up just over 22% of all new cars sales. This was followed by Mazda (9.3%), Hyundai (7.1%) and Ford (6.5%).

Comparing 2020 to our last look at best-selling cars, we can see that the top 10 hasn’t changed much. Old favourites such as the Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry, Holden Cruze and Nissan Navara have dropped off. Instead, we saw greater demand towards light commercial vehicles (including utes) and mid-sized SUVs. 

The Australian car market is also becoming increasingly female-led. The stereotype of the male figure or partner leading the charge is no longer the case with research highlighting their involvement in 82% of all car-buying decisions. Women are making their own choices or participating in joint purchase decisions almost half the time.

The full list

1. Toyota Hilux

2. Ford Ranger

3. Toyota Corolla

4. Hyundai i30

5. Mitsubishi Triton

6. Mazda CX-5

7. Mazda 3

8. Toyota RAV4

9. Kia Cerato

10. Mitsubishi ASX

Looking for second hand cars? We’ve also put togethe a list of the best used family cars on the market.

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