The Australian automotive market has achieved an unprecedented milestone, breaking all-time records for new vehicle sales in 2023.

A total of 1,216,780 vehicles were delivered during the year, the previous highest sales result of 1,189,116 was achieved in 2017.

The SUV segment is still holding top spot in Australia with sales totalling 679,462 vehicles with a market share of 55.8 per cent. Light commercial vehicles came in second with 274,185 vehicles sold giving it a market share of 22.5 per cent.

Interestingly are the sales by fuel type with petrol still the number one preferred with 588,622 vehicles sold, giving a market share of 48.4 per cent. Diesel is still sitting comfortably in second place with 379,512 vehicles sold and a market share of 31.2 per cent.

Hybrid sits third, 98,439 vehicles sold, and electric comes in forth with 87,217 vehicles sold, a market share of 8.1 and 7.2 per cent.

Toyota is again the top selling manufacturer with 215,240 sold, over 110,000 sales ahead of Mazda who sold 100,008 vehicles.

Ford, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, MG, Tesla, Subaru and Isuzu UTE round out the top 10 manufacturers for top sales.

Pushing the Toyota Hi-Lux off the top spot of most model sales was Ford with the Ranger. 63,356 Rangers found new homes in 2023 with the Hi-Lux sending 61,111 to bew homes.

A standout in the top 10 is Isuzu UTE Australia, with just two-models to their name — the D-MAX 1-Tonne Ute and the MU-X 7-seat SUV — delivered an all-time record of 45,341 vehicles, besting the brand’s 2022 results of 35,323 by a staggering 10,018 vehicles, and only behind Subaru by 773 sales.

Reflective of the historic sales result, Isuzu UTE Australia’s Managing Director, Junta Matsui, said the result was the culmination of “strategic problem solving and resolve,” crediting the accomplishment to those behind the scenes.

“We appreciate that it hasn’t been the easiest of years for our two-car brand and the industry overall, with a number of logistical challenges effecting deliveries throughout the year,” he said.

“But with some strategic problem solving and hard work we were able to work around these challenges and deliver customer orders as quickly as possible.”

“We wouldn’t be in this top-10 position if it wasn’t for the customers that chose our brand. So, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone that purchased an Isuzu UTE product over the years—over 300,000 customers have since 2008.”

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