CLOSING THE GAP

THE top three on the 4x4 monthly sales charts remain unchanged from last month, with the Toyota Hilux again outselling the Ford Ranger in its attempt to claw back the overall lead. Sales of the Hilux 4x4 increased 31.9 per cent when compared to July 2017, while sales of the Ranger 4x4 jumped 29.7 per cent.

Mitsubishi’s Triton remains steady in third position with a dramatic 63.7 per cent increase in month-to-month sales.

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) continue to be a contributing factor to strong sales growth, with sales of pick-up and cab-chassis 4x4s up 23 per cent compared to August, 2016. Many new LCVs were snatched up by private buyers, with private LCV sales up 23.4 per cent compared to August, 2016 – LCV sales to business also jumped 12.8 per cent.

As expected, diesel engines continue to surge in the market, with sales of diesel-powered LCVs to private buyers rising 26.3 per cent (diesel sales also rose 18.8 per cent to non-private buyers) compared to the same month last year.