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Check out Australia’s 10 favourite cars in August 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.

Market snapshot

It’s no secret that the Australian car market is in the midst of overwhelming demand and limited supply due to the Ukrainian conflicted and residual COVID-19 related delays. These production and shipping delays have vastly reduced the amount of new assets reaching Australian shores in comparison to years prior and are not expected to resolve until at least 2023.

The Australian market now almost solely relies on the recirculation of used cars which has created a general decline in sales and a bubble of inflated prices. While prices for used cars have skyrocketed in the last 12 months, the bigger issue for buyers is the complete lack of vehicles available. The asset-sparse market has driven up prices of Australia’s most popular vehicles and managed to inflate the worth of even the least popular cars. 

A total of 98,256 vehicles sold in Australia in August, resulting in a 17.3% increase in vehicle purchases in comparison to the same month in 2021. There was an increase in sales of EV and hybrid model cars, albeit combined sales of electrified vehicles still only take just over 10% of the total sales for 2022.

While the car market will eventually plateau, there is no telling when or where this industry leveling will occur. As Australia will always be one of the most inconvenient destinations for deliveries, it is likely that we will be the last country to receive a replenished vehicle marketplace. As Australians continue to navigate the unstable industry, Pickles resolves to uphold trusted marketplaces that provide access and assistance where the market otherwise fails.

Most Popular Vehicles | August 2022

  1. Toyota Hilux - Down 28.1% YoY

Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Hilux was the most bought car model in Australia for the month of August, just as it was in the months prior. The Australian favourite sold over 6,200 units in the one month, nearly 2,000 units more than the second most sold vehicle, proving the immense popularity of the versatile vehicle.


  1. Ford Ranger - Down 12% YoY

Placing second amongst Australia’s most bought vehicles for August was the Ford Ranger with 4,497 sales for the month. Another hearty Australian favourite, the Ford Ranger is well-known for its work horse features while maintaining a stylish exterior. With a range of variations available on Ford’s famous model, Pickles sales typically feature Rangers that vary drastically between assets.


  1. Toyota RAV4 - Up 27.7% YoY

With just over 2,482 units sold in August, the Toyota RAV4 comes in a variety of models that suit a range of different Australian lifestyle needs. The large car packs a big punch, with a 2.0L petrol engine, or a 2.5L hybrid engine for buyers interested in transitioning into a hybrid vehicle.


  1. Tesla Model 3 - N/A

Tesla Model 3 vehicles are quickly rising in the ranks of the most sought-after items on the Australian car market. The battery powered sedan is a compact and stylish first choice amongst many Aussies looking to quickly transition into owning an electric vehicle. And while the used market is sparse of these models, with new purchases growing we can expect to see more of them in years to come.


  1. Mazda CX-5 - Down 3.7% YoY

The stylish and compact Mazda CX-5 is one of Australia’s most popular mid-sized vehicles every month. The SUV model is a Japanese-made model and is popular due mostly to its affordability in comparison to similar vehicles like RAV4s and Tucsons. Because the CX-5 has been on the Australian market for a few years, there are many used models available.


  1. Toyota Corolla - Up 68.5% YoY

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. Over 2,100 Toyota Corollas sold in Australia in August, a huge almost 70% increase on sales compared to the same month in 2021.


  1. Mitsubishi Triton - Down 60.4% YoY

With just over 2,000 units sold in August, the Mitsubishi Triton is a staple Japanese vehicle on the Australian market. The Triton is a powerhouse vehicle that features accessories that allow comfort and safety such as an electrochromatic rear view mirror, bull bars, sports bars and Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA).


  1. Hyundai i30 - Up 3.6% YoY

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. Just under 2,000 i30 units sold in August and luckily for buyers, is a frequent asset found amongst Pickles sales.


  1. Isuzu UTE D-MAX - Up 0.7% YoY

The D-MAX is an extremely popular car choice amongst buyers who need the practicality of a work vehicle but also the versatility of a family car. The Isuzu Ute D-MAX sold just shy of 2,000 units in August and is proving to be a go-to vehicle for ute owners.


  1. Toyota Landcruiser Prado - Down 30.3%

Comparable to the HiLux and Tucson, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado is both huge in size and popularity. The large 4x4 SUV is popular in Australia due to its spacious and versatile make and its ability to navigate offroading and city driving with ease. The Toyota model sold just over 1,900 units in August, which is a decent dip in YoY sales compared to 2021.


07 Sep