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The top 10 cars Australians loved in April

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

New car sales throughout April were steady, with only a marginal increase compared to the same month in 2022. However, sales for the month saw the market rise overall after a slower period in March. The new car market appears to be slowly but surely rising, which confirms an impressive appetite from Australian buyers given the inflated consumer stress related to interest rates and the cost of living crisis.

April signalled another month of increased interest in electric and hybrid vehicles, with EV purchases accounting for 8% of sales for the month. This is a 1.1% jump comparative to April of last year. In fact, of the top 10 cars sold in April, 5 of them offered some form of electrification. It is likely that this movement towards electrification will continue, with more vehicle brands jumping on the bandwagon.

Consumers turning towards electric/hybrid model vehicles is unsurprising given government incentives available for buyers making environmentally conscious car purchases. It is assumed that this trend will continue, and that an even greater escalation would have been seen in the marketplace if the industry hadn’t faced global manufacturing and transport issues over the last two years.

SUVs and light commercial vehicles also had another strong month, claiming 76.8% of all vehicle sales for the month. While Australian consumers have always shown a strong preference for SUVs, the popularity appears to be increasing year-on-year.

Most popular vehicles | April 2023

1. Ford Ranger - 3,567 units sold in April

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 - 3,526 units sold in April

The Toyota Hilux took the second spot for April, with a slight dip in sales compared to the month prior. The Hilux is a versatile and powerful Australian favourite, popular with both private and business buyers. Check out all of the quality used Hilux models available at Pickles.

3. Toyota RAV4 - 2,198 units sold in April

RAV4 is one of Australia’s most popular vehicles, and over 2,000 sold throughout April. 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. Tesla Model Y - 2,095 units sold in April

Amidst months of strong EV sales, it’s no surprise that the Tesla Model Y was among the top-selling models for April. The Tesla Model Y is one of several popular EV makes that have seen an increase in sales as Australians turn towards EV/hybrid vehicle options.

5. Hyundai i30 - 2,029 units sold in April

The Hyundai i30 is one of Australia’s most popular compact vehicles, and is consistently a first choice for buyers looking for a compact hatchback or sedan. Over 2,000 i30 units sold in April and luckily due to the popularity of the vehicles.

6. Mitsubishi Outlander - 1,829 units sold in April

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.

7. Isuzu UTE D-MAX - 1,809 units sold in April

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. Just under 2,000 Isuzu Ute D-MAX were sold in April, favoured by business and tradie buyers.

8. Hyundai Tucson - 1,678 units sold in April

The Hyundai Tucson sold over 1,500 units throughout April in a range of variations from 2WD to AWD, to Active, Elite and Highlander models. The Hyundai Tucson is popular for its suitability to road trips and its range of accessories that protect against harsh Australian conditions.

9. MG ZS - 1,588 units sold in April

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.

10. Tesla Model 3 - 1,581 units sold in April

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.

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09 May