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The top 10 cars Australians loved in 2022

Each month, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a report detailing the top-selling vehicles across Australia. Pickles’ monthly vehicle report presents the top 10 vehicles from this list and recounts industry news and trends as they affect the Australian market.

Australia finished 2022 with strong new vehicle car sales throughout December, with over 87,000 units purchased. This was a 12.1% increase compared to sales in the same month in 2021. The year concluded with over a million new car sales, which is a considerable, but unsurprising growth, given the state of the market where demand far exceeds supply.

The sales throughout 2022 indicate that small to midsize SUVs and hatchbacks were the most popular car amid private buyers, and that large SUVs and utes were favoured by business fleets and tradies. In a huge year of sales for both brands, the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger topped the charts as the most popular ute, as they have for the last 7 years. The results also showed a strong year for both the MG 3, known best for its low price point, and the Tesla Model 3, which is one of the strongest electric vehicles on the market.

Most Popular Vehicles | 2022

1. Toyota Hilux - 64,391 units sold in 2022

The Toyota Hilux was once again at the top of the most purchased car models in Australia for 2022. Check out all of the quality used Hilux models available at Pickles.

2. Ford Ranger - 47,497 units sold in 2022

The Ford Ranger is well known for its work horse features while maintaining a stylish exterior. Pickles Ford Ranger sales typically feature Rangers with various features and accessories to suit every need.

3. Toyota RAV4 - 34,845 units sold in 2022

The RAV4 is one of Australia’s most popular vehicles, and sold over 34,000 units in 2022. Given the RAV4 is always in high demand, keeping up to date with Pickles’ sales is the best way to purchase a quality used model.

4. Mitsubishi ASX - 27,436 units sold in 2022

Mitsubishi’s ASX model is the compact SUV model of Australian dreams. The practical but stylish make usually comes after the Triton and Outlander in popularity, but was the brand’s favourite vehicle in 2022 with over 27,000 units sold.

5. Mazda CX-5 - 27,062 units sold in 2022

The stylish and compact Mazda CX-5 is a Japanese-made model and it’s popular thanks to its affordability in comparison to its competitors. Because the CX-5 has been on the Australian market for a few years, there are many used models available.

6. Toyota Corolla - 25,284 units sold in 2022

One of the oldest popular models, the Toyota Corolla has a well-earned reputation that ensures consistent sales in Australia each year. The Japanese-made car comes in a range of makes and recently began producing petrol-electric hybrids for drivers transitioning to EVs.

7. Toyota Landcruiser - 24,542 units sold in 2022

Comparable to the HiLux, the Toyota Landcruiser is both huge in size and popularity. The model is popular in Australia due to its spacious and versatile make as well as its ability to navigate offroading and city driving with ease.

8. Isuzu UTE D-MAX - 24,336 units sold in 2022

The D-MAX is a popular car choice for buyers who need the practicality of a work vehicle along with the versatility of a family car. The Isuzu Ute D-MAX sold just over 24,000 units in 2022 and is a popular choice for business and tradie buyers.

9. MG ZS - Over 22,446 units sold in 2022

MG vehicles are popping up with increasing frequency, as models from the Chinese-owned brand feature seriously affordable price tags that are attracting buyers amidst growing interest rates. The only downside to MG vehicles is, that because of their relative newness to the Australian market, they are infrequently found on the used car market. Therefore it is important to stay up to date with Pickles sales to get a hold of a quality used model.

10. Hyundai i30 - 21,166 units sold in 2022

The Hyundai i30 is one of Australia’s most favoured compact vehicles and is consistently a top choice for buyers looking for a compact hatchback or sedan.

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25 Jan