VFACTS: December 2021

toyota 4x4 beach, COG Aggregation
Toyota 4x4 at the beach, COG Aggregation

Toyota is Number One for its 25th Year

After the plundering by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, new-car sales initially began to recuperate in the early months of 2021. Then the market was hit with severe supply shortages, and we saw December 2021 deliveries drop to their lowest since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

In 2021, a total of 1,049,831 vehicles were sold across Australia, an increase of 14.5 per cent on 2020 figures. However, December 2021 new-car deliveries were down 18 per cent (to 78,402) versus the same month in 2020, the third consecutive month where sales were in decline. 


As deliveries go, the global automotive industry is continuing to compete with other technology companies for access to semiconductors which take 26 weeks to produce. Manufacturers are struggling to produce enough vehicles to cater for demand, forcing customers to wait anywhere from three to 12 months for their cars, with many being asked to accept a lower specified vehicle.  

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said,  

The global shortage of microprocessors, compounded by the pandemic, had an impact on the number of cars sold throughout Australia. Automotive manufacturers are continuing to work to strengthen supply chains in 2022.


A positive statistic to note is that a record number of petrol-electric hybrid vehicles were reported as sold in Australia last year (70,446, up 20.3 per cent), with the majority of those delivered by Toyota. Market share for EVs and PHEVs also more than doubled in 12 months, from 0.5% in December 2020 to 1.2% share in 2021. A great sign in the battle against carbon emissions.  

Last year also marked the first time utes and vans outsold conventional passenger cars for the first time in Australian automotive history. 


Again, Toyota sold double the vehicles to any other brand – for the fourth year consecutively – with a 21.3 per cent market share and 223,642 vehicles sold. In second place, Mazda sold 101,119 vehicles with 9.6 per cent market share. In third place was Hyundai with 72,872 vehicles sold and 6.9 per cent share. In fourth place was Ford with 71,380 vehicles sold, 6.8 per cent market share and finally fifth place, Kia sold 67,964 vehicles, claiming 6.5 per cent market share.  

TOP 10 CARS OF 2021

Rank  Model  Volume  Change
Toyota HiLux  52,801  up 16.9 per cent 
Ford Ranger  50,279  up 22.7 per cent 
Toyota RAV4  35,751  down 7.2 per cent 
Toyota Corolla  28,768  up 11.2 per cent 
Hyundai i30  25,575  up 23.3 per cent 
Isuzu D-Max  25,117  up 66.7 per cent 
Mazda CX-5  24,968  up 13.6 per cent 
Toyota Prado  21,299  up 18.1 per cent 
Mitsubishi Triton  19,232  up 6.0 per cent 
10  MG ZS  18,423  up 235.3 per cent 


Rank  Model  Volume Change 
Ford Ranger  4168  down 2.3 per cent 
Toyota HiLux  3821  down 31.4 per cent 
Toyota RAV4  2998  down 15.4 per cent 
Hyundai i30  2241  up 12.3 per cent 
Toyota Prado  2204  down 11.8 per cent 
Mazda CX-5  2148  up 4.3 per cent 
Isuzu D-Max  2012  down 16.5 per cent 
MG ZS  1980  up 96.0 per cent 
Mitsubishi Triton  1751  up 11.2 per cent 
10  Nissan Navara  1551  up 35.4 per cent 


Rank  Brand  Volume Change
Toyota  16,237  down 30.8 per cent 
Mazda  7078  down 17.3 per cent 
Hyundai  5734  down 14.9 per cent 
Mitsubishi  5657  down 11.3 per cent 
Ford  5434  down 13.8 per cent 
Kia  4880  up 3.8 per cent 
MG  3268  up 69.9 per cent 
Subaru  2804  down 17.6 per cent 
Isuzu  2798  down 14.5 per cent 
10  Nissan  2705  down 35.8 per cent