THE Hilux and Ranger were Australia’s best-selling vehicles in November, 2017 (when 4x4 and 4x2 variants are combined). And, with only one month left in the annual 4x4 sales race, the Ford Ranger has all but stitched up top spot by maintaining a healthy sales lead ahead of Toyota’s Hilux.

It’s been a tightly fought two-horse race all year, which looks set to go the way of the blue oval. When compared to 2016, Ranger sales are up 20.8 per cent year-to-date; the Hilux is up 15.9 per cent. Despite the Ranger standing on the highest podium, the Hilux has enjoyed consecutive months atop the monthly 4x4 charts – this month pipping the Ranger by just 21 sales.

Records continue to tumble on the overall market, with November sales reaching a total of 101,365 sales – a 2.5 per cent increase on November, 2016. The FCAI report said: “The majority of the market momentum was again with small and medium SUVs, and 4x4 utilities.”

Compared to this time last year, the SUV market is up 8.6 per cent; the LCV market is up 7.9 per cent; while passenger vehicles dropped 7.3 per cent.