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THE Ford Ranger has reclaimed pole position on both the monthly and yearto-date 4X4 sales charts. Ford shifted 3467 Ranger 4X4s in March to notch up 9457 YTD sales; Toyota sold 3224 Hilux 4X4s for a YTD sales total of 9361. The Triton 4X4 rounds out the top three, with 2788 monthly and 5735 YTD sales.

The LCV market as a whole was down 0.4 per cent in March, but sales of ute and cab chassis models were up 3.2 per cent compared to March 2017. Record sales (106,988) were recorded on the overall market for the month of March, delivering 4.4 per cent Q1 growth (and 1.5 per cent growth was noted for March 2018 compared to March 2017).

“To have the market at 4.4 per cent ahead of last year’s record total is a clear vote of consumer confidence in the economy’s stability and low interest rates, both key factors which encourage private buyers and businesses into new vehicles,” Tony Weber, the chief executive of the FCAI said.

The Hilux (4X4/4x2 variants) remains the best-selling vehicle on the overall monthly sales charts (4348). It’s followed by the Ford Ranger (4064).