BUCKING THE TREND

LIGHT Commercial Vehicle sales have bucked the trend seen throughout the market, with more LCVs sold in November 2018 than were sold in the corresponding month last year. LCV sales were up 4.2 per cent in November 2018 from November 2017; for comparison’s sake, overall national vehicle sales were down 7.4 per cent, passenger car sales were down 20.8 per cent and SUV sales down 1.9 per cent. The five best-selling 4x4s remain unchanged from October, with the Hilux on-track to reclaim the gong from Ford Ranger which won the trophy in 2017. The Hilux 4x4/4x2 (4671 units) and Ranger 4x4/4x2 (3469) were once again one-two on the overall sales charts. But will the status quo get rocked when a bunch of new off-roaders – Jimny, Wrangler – land next year?