|The Toyota Land Cruiser Ute is beaut, as the locals would say|
Australia: They can't get away from the Toyota Hilux despite most pundits agreeing it isn't the best out there. Reliability and dealer network probably keep it top in Oz. The Ford Ranger is snapping at its heels but I can't see it taking the lead. (Data VFACTS).
|9||Toyota||Land Cruise Ute||8,915|
|The Ford Ranger on a NZ country road|
New Zealand: The same two at the top but this time it's Ford's turn, which has been the case since 2014. Toyota would like to take the prime spot back but has to accept this is one battle it isn't winning. The top models sell in better numbers (ratio-wise) in NZ than Australia, but then fall away faster. (Data MIA).
|The Nissan NP300 Hard Body|
South Africa: Hilux and Ranger again lead the way but after that is changes. The Nissan NP200 is a small two seater Ute, while the NP300 Hard Body is an older model Nissan sold as either a two seater or a small double cab. The Chev utility is similar to the NP200 and its sales were down as Chevrolet left the market altogether during 2017. (Data Naamsa).
|8||Toyota||Land Cruise Ute||2,682|
Summary: Three markets that like the pick-up truck. Similarities but also differences, especially the RSA. The versatile nature of these vehicles makes them increasingly popular. The outdoor lifestyle greatly contributes to their success as well.