Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota LandCruiser, Ford Ranger sales multiply April 2021 ...

Motorists are embracing outdated four-wheel drives that will soon be replaced as April sales hit a record high.

The popularity of cars with higher ground clearance has surged during the past year with Australians banned from travelling overseas wanting to go off road.

But in some cases, sales of outdated SUVs have multiplied even though they are set to either be replaced or axed by 2022.

Mitsubishi is this year ending production of the Pajero after 40 years but this didn't stop sales from soaring fivefold or by 396 per cent to 263 in April 2021, up from just 53 a year earlier, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed.

Motorists are embracing outdated four-wheel drives that will soon be replaced as April sales hit a record high. Mitsubishi is this year ending production of the Pajero after 40 years but this didn't stop sales from soaring fivefold or by 396 per cent to 263 in April 2021, up from just 53 a year earlier, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed

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Motorists are embracing outdated four-wheel drives that will soon be replaced as April sales hit a record high. Mitsubishi is this year ending production of the Pajero after 40 years but this didn't stop sales from soaring fivefold or by 396 per cent to 263 in April 2021, up from just 53 a year earlier, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed

Australia's bestsellers

1. Ford Ranger: up 226 per cent to 5,021

2. Toyota RAV4: up 135.8 per cent to 4,506

3. Toyota HiLux: up 80.5 per cent to 4,222

4. Toyota LandCruiser: up 98.2 per cent to 3,177 (including 2,595 of the 200 series wagon)

5.  Mitsubishi Triton: up 424.1 per cent to 2,458

6. Mazda CX-5: up 263.1 per cent to 2,353

7. Toyota Corolla: up 73.5 per cent to 2,073

8. Mitsubishi ASX: up 482.8 per cent to 2,028

9. Hyundai i30: up 188.5 per cent to 2,005

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10. Isuzu D-Max: up 163 per cent to 1,999

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data comparing April 2021 with April 2020

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Toyota LandCruiser 200-series sales almost tripled to 2,595 from 924 a year earlier, or by 181 per cent, despite new pictures emerging of the next 300-series model which will have a twin-turbo V6 instead of a V8.

In another rarity, the Ford Ranger outsold the Toyota HiLux for the first time since September 2020 and topped Australia's monthly sales chart for the first time since 2017 even though it is being replaced next year.

Its monthly sales tripled or rose by 226 per cent to 5,021 from 1,540. 

The outgoing Ranger formed the basis of the old Mazda-BT50 and the new Ranger, due for release in 2022, will form the platform of the next Volkswagen Amarok.

The Ford Everest, which

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