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Market Insight: Utes, SUVs challenge small car reign

Record breaker: Hyundai’s Tucson achieved record sales in June, helping the medium SUV towards market dominance.

Record sales of pick-ups and medium SUVs rewrite the Australia sales charts

Market Insight logo7 Jul 2017

By RON HAMMERTON

- The battle for the hearts and minds of Australian new-car buyers is turning into a contest between three widely different types of vehicle – small cars, medium SUVs and one-tonne pick-ups.

- Small hatchbacks and sedans such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Hyundai i30 have dominated the Australian new-car scene since the traditional Australian large cars such as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon started to slide around the turn of the century.

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