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The top 10 cars Australians loved in February

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.

Market snapshot

2023 is shaping up to be a strong year for vehicle sales, with February receiving the highest results for the month since 2019. Overall, this is a total increase of 1.8% compared to the same period in 2022. The growing number of zero and low-emission car sales, including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, continued in February and amounted to 6.8% of sales for the month. This is unsurprising given the consumer appetite to switch to cars that are more environmentally sound, and also more fuel efficient given rising fuel costs that continue to impact household budgets.

Orders have increased YoY for the first 2 months of 2023, and this is expected to continue throughout the year. As the backlog of already-ordered vehicles slowly but surely arrives, another wave of Australian consumers are now preparing to buy. As new car production kicks back into gear, Australians are predicted to restart ordering from trusted international brands. Japan continues to be Australia’s largest producer of new vehicles in 2023, followed by Thailand and China respectively.

Most Popular Vehicles | February 2023

1. Ford Ranger - 4,473 units sold in February

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

2. Toyota Hilux - 3,939 units sold in February

The Toyota Hilux was once again one of the most favourite flavours of the month. The Hilux is a versatile and powerful Australian favourite, popular among both private and business buyers. Check out all of the quality used Hilux models available at Pickles.

3. Tesla Model 3 - 2,671 units sold in February

Built for safety and with style in mind, the fully electric Tesla Model 3 boasts fast acceleration, superb handling and great aerodynamics, and is considered to be one of the smartest mid-size cars on the market. The Tesla Model 3 has seen months of sales growth amid Australian consumer demand for electric vehicles.

4. Mazda CX-5 - 2,600 units sold in February

The stylish and compact Mazda CX-5 is a Japanese-made model and one of the reasons it is popular is because of its affordable price point 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.

5. Mitsubishi Outlander - 2,166 units sold in February

The Outlander is a favourite of Australian families due to its spacious and stylish design. As a staple of the Australian car market, buyers are privy to a great deal of choice of used models featured in Pickles’ sales.

6. Toyota RAV4 - 2,115 units sold in February

The RAV4 is one of Australia’s most popular vehicles, and sold just shy of 2,000 units in February. 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.

7. MG ZS - 2,047 units sold in February

MG vehicles are popping up with increasing frequency, as models from the Chinese-owned brand feature seriously affordable price tags that are attracting buyers amid growing interest rates and high living costs. The only downside to MG vehicles is, that because of their relative newness to the Australian market, it can be a challenge to find a quality used model in the car market.

8. Isuzu UTE D-MAX - 1,931 units sold in February

For car buyers looking for the practicality of a work vehicle along with the versatility of a family car, the D-MAX is a popular car choice. The Isuzu Ute D-MAX sold just over 1,800 units in January and is favoured by business and tradie buyers.

9. Subaru Forester - 1,709 units sold in February

The Australian classic, the Subaru Forester, saw great sales across February. This SUV is loved by families who need a compact but efficient vehicle. Luckily for buyers, the model is a frequent find amongst Pickles’ motor vehicle auctions.

10. MG MG3 - 1,622 units sold in February

The MG MG3 is another popular model from the Chinese manufacturer, which is unsurprising given the affordable price tags. Unfortunately, due to its newness to the market, used assets are currently few and far between.

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13 Mar