THE HILUX has crept ahead of Ranger on the 4x4 year-to-date charts, following a marginally better July. The Japanese brand sold 2660 4x4 Hiluxes in July, 60 more sales than the Blue Oval could muster with its 4x4 Ranger (2600), giving it an edge of 81 extra YTD sales. The Mitsubishi Triton continues its stranglehold of third spot on the 4x4 annual charts, with 13,376 sales. Despite a 7.8 per cent decline of overall new-car sales in Australia, compared to July 2017, the LCV market posted positive results… just. A 0.1 per cent gain was registered for the Light Commercial segment. More specifically, 4x4 pick-up sales were up 6.4 per cent and upper large SUVs were up 4.1 per cent. The Hilux and Ranger (4x2/4x4) also occupy the top two spots on the overall sales charts.