VFACTS: December 2021

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Toyota is Number One for its 25th Year

After the plundering by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, new-car sales initially began to recuperate in the early months of 2021. Then the market was hit with severe supply shortages, and we saw December 2021 deliveries drop to their lowest since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

In 2021, a total of 1,049,831 vehicles were sold across Australia, an increase of 14.5 per cent on 2020 figures. However, December 2021 new-car deliveries were down 18 per cent (to 78,402) versus the same month in 2020, the third consecutive month where sales were in decline. 


As deliveries go, the global automotive industry is continuing to compete with other technology companies for access to semiconductors which take 26 weeks to produce. Manufacturers are struggling to produce enough vehicles to cater for demand, forcing customers to wait anywhere from three to 12 months for their cars, with many being asked to accept a lower specified vehicle.  

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said,  

The global shortage of microprocessors, compounded by the pandemic, had an impact on the number of cars sold throughout Australia. Automotive manufacturers are continuing to work to strengthen supply chains in 2022.


A positive statistic to note is that a record number of petrol-electric hybrid vehicles were reported as sold in Australia last year (70,446, up 20.3 per cent), with the majority of those delivered by Toyota. Market share for EVs and PHEVs also more than doubled in 12 months, from 0.5% in December 2020 to 1.2% share in 2021. A great sign in the battle against carbon emissions.  

Last year also marked the first time utes and vans outsold conventional passenger cars for the first time in Australian automotive history. 


Again, Toyota sold double the vehicles to any other brand – for the fourth year consecutively – with a 21.3 per cent market share and 223,642 vehicles sold. In second place, Mazda sold 101,119 vehicles with 9.6 per cent market share. In third place was Hyundai with 72,872 vehicles sold and 6.9 per cent share. In fourth place was Ford with 71,380 vehicles sold, 6.8 per cent market share and finally fifth place, Kia sold 67,964 vehicles, claiming 6.5 per cent market share.  

TOP 10 CARS OF 2021

Rank Model Volume Change
Toyota HiLux 52,801 up 16.9 per cent 
Ford Ranger 50,279 up 22.7 per cent 
Toyota RAV4 35,751 down 7.2 per cent 
Toyota Corolla 28,768 up 11.2 per cent 
Hyundai i30 25,575 up 23.3 per cent 
Isuzu D-Max 25,117 up 66.7 per cent 
Mazda CX-5 24,968 up 13.6 per cent 
Toyota Prado 21,299 up 18.1 per cent 
Mitsubishi Triton 19,232 up 6.0 per cent 
10 MG ZS 18,423 up 235.3 per cent 


Rank Model VolumeChange 
Ford Ranger 4168 down 2.3 per cent 
Toyota HiLux 3821 down 31.4 per cent 
Toyota RAV4 2998 down 15.4 per cent 
Hyundai i30 2241 up 12.3 per cent 
Toyota Prado 2204 down 11.8 per cent 
Mazda CX-5 2148 up 4.3 per cent 
Isuzu D-Max 2012 down 16.5 per cent 
MG ZS 1980 up 96.0 per cent 
Mitsubishi Triton 1751 up 11.2 per cent 
10 Nissan Navara 1551 up 35.4 per cent 


Rank Brand Volume Change
Toyota 16,237 down 30.8 per cent 
Mazda 7078 down 17.3 per cent 
Hyundai 5734 down 14.9 per cent 
Mitsubishi 5657 down 11.3 per cent 
Ford 5434 down 13.8 per cent 
Kia 4880 up 3.8 per cent 
MG 3268 up 69.9 per cent 
Subaru 2804 down 17.6 per cent 
Isuzu 2798 down 14.5 per cent 
10 Nissan 2705 down 35.8 per cent 


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