Top Sales – Top cars in Australia sold in 2017

June 27, 2017

2018? We’re half-way there, and the car registration figures for Australia have been released, revealing the best-selling car models of 2017.


Now before we get into all the details, here’s a snapshot of the top selling cars in Australia for 2017:


Sitting in first place is the ever-reliable Toyota Hilux. Its sales jumped up from last year’s effort of 35K+, even beating the 2015 best-seller, the Toyota Corolla, with 40K+ units sold. Both sales of the 4×2 and 4×4 models have jumped approximately 20% for the Toyota Hilux compared to 2015 figures.

In second place is the Toyota Corolla. This car has been the crown-bearer for the past three years. In 2016 it clocked up 40K sales. However, figures have dropped compared with 2015, by approximately 4%.

Following in third place is the Hyundai i30. It was the fourth place way back in 2015, however it recorded 37K+ sales for 2016. This feat is 16.9% higher compared with the last year’s results when 32K+ models were sold.

Rounding out the top 4 is the Ford Ranger who was in 5th place last year. Overall 4×2 and 4×4 sales hit almost 37K. 4×4 figures jumped up 32% while 4×2 saw a rise of 5%.

Coming in 5th is the Mazda3. Usually neck and neck with its arch-rival the Toyota Corolla, last year saw demand for this model decrease reporting sales of 36K+, down 6.5% from 2015.

Next up is the Toyota Camry which sold 26,485 units in 2017, down from 27,654 in 2016. The Toyota Camry, Accord, and Altima are the top three best-selling sedans in Australia, although all lost volume in 2016, with the Accord down 3% and the Altima down by 8%. By the looks of things, it seems that Toyota sells the most popular cars in the highest volumes in Australia.


Australians purchased over one million new cars in 2016 alone, topping the previous year’s figures and setting a new sales record. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), new car sales rose to 2% year-on- year in 2016. This is based on the annual VFACTS data that has been provided by carmakers and dealers in Australia. The growth in annual car sales was spurred on by increasing demand for medium-sized sedans and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), up almost 10% and 8% respectively.


See below for our top 10 list, and stay tuned for our full monthly report this December. (In brackets are comparison figures for the previous year.)


Toyota Hilux – 42,105 (up from 35,160)

Toyota Corolla – 40,350 (down from 42,070)

Hyundai i30 – 37,770 (up from 32,305)

Ford Ranger – 36,935 (up from 29,185)

Mazda3 – 36,107 (down from 38,644)

Toyota Camry – 26,485 (down from 27,654)

Holden Commodore – 25,850 (down from 27,780)

Mazda CX-5 – 24,565 (down from 25,135)

Mitsubishi Triton – 21,990 (down from 25,350)

Hyundai Tucson – 20,135 (up from 5400 [new variant])

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