It was a mixed bag of vehicles that made it into the list of best selling cars of 2014, but Toyota was certainly the stand out company by far with three cars in the top 10.
Small cars dominated the best selling cars of 2014 with the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 taking the number one and two spots and being the only models to exceed 40,000 sales last year.
As with 2013, the second best represented category was the pick up 4×4 with 3 models making into the top 10: the Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger, and the Mitsubishi Triton. The Nissan Navara however, which last year came in 9th, failed to place in the top 10 list.
The Australian new car market has topped 1.1 million for only the third year ever, with Australians buying 1,113,224 new cars in 2014.
The close race between last year’s top seller, the Toyota Corolla, and the Mazda3 came to an end with 422 more Australians taking home the Toyota Corolla. A total of 43,735 Toyota Corollas and 43,313 Mazda3s were sold in 2014.
Further highlighting the popularity of small cars, the Hyundai i30 also appeared in the top five best selling cars of 2014 — it was the nation’s fourth highest selling car. The Volkswagen gold rounded out the top 10 but was the only European brand to make it on to the list of the best selling cars of 2014.
Toyota retailed a total of 203,501 vehicles in 2014 to lead the industry by a substantial margin – well over 97,000 sales ahead of its nearest competitor.
Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said economic conditions and new-model launches were forecast to support similar results for the industry and for Toyota in the coming year.
“Toyota will release at least 10 new or refreshed models in the space of just one year, starting next month,” Mr Cramb said.
“The boldest Camry ever – to be launched in the second quarter of 2015 – is the tip of the iceberg in what is shaping up as one of Toyota’s busiest years ever,” he said.
The Toyota 86 was Australia’s best-selling sports car, bringing to eight the number of Toyota vehicles that led their individual market segments in 2014. The others were Corolla, Camry, LandCruiser 200, HiLux 4×2, HiLux 4×4, HiAce bus and HiAce van.