Utes are still in hot demand

If the performance of the last quarter is anything to go by, it looks like it will be another successful year for ute manufacturers.

The first quarter report of new vehicle listings shows that five of the top ten best selling vehicles are utes, a trend that remains unchanged from last year.

We made the prediction back in January that this would be the case and have been proven right by the official sales figures. In our January media release, Driveline CEO Lance Manins said.

“Utes have become popular vehicles because they are no longer seen just as a work vehicle, but as a crossover vehicle. So people who are living good, active lifestyles are seeing that the storage abilities of the tray in the back to put all your gear in is quite a strong attribute.”

The Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara all appear in the list.

Here is the full list of the best selling cars for the first quarter of 2017 and the manufacturers with the most registrations.


1 Ford Ranger 810
2 Toyota Hilux 740
3 Toyota Corolla 396
4 Holden Colorado 380
5 Mitsubishi Triton 365
6 Kia Sportage 349
7 Toyota Hiace 336
8 Nissan Navara 290
9 Mitsubishi Outlander 287
10 Toyota RAV4 261


1 Toyota 2316
2 Ford 1522
3 Holden 1104
4 Mazda 1095
5 Mitsubishi 1056
6 Hyundai 808
7 Suzuki 736
8 Nissan 631
9 Kia 626
10 Honda 519


This article was originally published on Driveline Fleet's Blog and has been republished with permission.

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