Sales records for Isuzu MU-X, Ford Everest, Toyota LandCruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Nissan Patrol

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Demand for four-wheel-drive wagons remains at an all-time high as Australians prepare to holiday at home as lockdowns ease in the wake of the pandemic.


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Meanwhile the Nissan Patrol posted its best monthly sales result since the current-generation Y62 model went on sale in 2013.

Official new-car sales figures for September 2021 released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show a number of records were shattered among four-wheel-drive wagons – despite the threat of ongoing stock shortages and production slowdowns due to the global semiconductor crisis.



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There were 1297 examples of the Isuzu MU-X sold in September 2021, which eclipses the previous monthly record set for the older model in March 2021 (1179).

The year-to-date tally shows 8431 examples of the MU-X have been reported as sold in the first nine months of 2021, versus the previous annual record of 8419 set in 2019.

The Ford Everest has also enjoyed its strongest year since the model was introduced in 2015, reporting 6146 vehicles as sold so far in 2021 versus its previous annual record of 5996 set in 2020.

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The Toyota LandCruiser wagon (figures for which primarily include the 200 Series and a number of 70 Series wagons) and the Toyota LandCruiser Prado sibling have set new records for the first nine months of a calendar year.

According to the official scoreboard, Toyota has reported 12,697 examples of the LandCruiser wagon as sold in the nine months to the end of September 2021, a 37.7 per cent increase compared to the same period last year – and almost twice as many as were sold over the same period 10 years ago.

The Toyota Prado established a new record for the first nine months of a calendar year with 17,326 examples reported as sold – an increase of 61 per cent year-to-date after a boom September (up 165 per cent from the same month last year).



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Former category front-runner, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, also posted a record result despite being faced with production slowdowns.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport’s tally of 5747 deliveries for the first nine months of this year eclipses the nameplate’s previous record for the same period set in 2017 (5489).

Nissan Australia reported 700 examples of the Patrol as sold last month, the highest monthly number for the current-generation Y62 Nissan Patrol, though it falls short of the record for the previous-generation Y61 Nissan Patrol wagon (1272 examples reported as sold in June 1999).

While demand remains strong for four-wheel-drive wagons, ongoing stock shortages due to the semiconductor crisis are expected to apply the brakes in the coming months.

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Many of the vehicles reported as sold in September 2021 were in fact ordered months earlier, and arrived in a glut.

All Top 12 car companies have warned dealers about the uncertainty surrounding future deliveries, as production estimates change daily.



However, to date, only market leader Toyota and German car giant Volkswagen have made public announcements advising customers of the ongoing delays.

Other car brands prefer instead to communicate with dealers via confidential bulletins, leaving customers in the dark or without the most up-to-date information.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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