AN UNASSAILABLE LEAD?

WITH only two months remaining until 2019, Toyota’s Hilux has all but stitched up first place on the 4x4 year-to-date sales charts after outselling the Ford Ranger by 362 units in October. Not only is it a two-horse race atop the 4x4 charts – and has been all year – the duo have repeatedly led all-comers on the overall monthly sales charts. A feat again achieved in October, with the Hilux 4x4/4x2 (4338 sales) and Ranger 4x4/4x2 (3228) ramping it home ahead of the Toyota Corolla (2917). Despite the ongoing success of these two dual cabs, light commercial vehicle sales fell by 2.3 per cent compared to 2017 – reflecting both the strong year for sales in 2017, and the overall market decline. National vehicle sales dropped 5.5 per cent compared to September 2017.