Australia's most popular car make revealed

There were 20.1 million vehicles registered in Australia in 2021 according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"The national fleet passed 20 million for the first time in 2021, increasing by 1.7 per cent from the previous year," said the ABS's Rob Walter.

"Registrations of electric vehicles surged again in 2021, almost doubling to 23,000 registrations," he said, "representing the second consecutive year where the number of electric vehicles has almost doubled."

Diesel registrations increased again in 2021, rising to 26.4 per cent of all registered vehicles however, petrol registrations still account for a majority of the fleet (71.7 per cent).

All states and territories reported an increase in the number of registered vehicles from 2020 to 2021.

Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory all recorded annual growth of 2.3 per cent, the highest of all states and territories. Victoria's fleet grew the least increasing by 0.7 per cent.

Toyota was again the most popular make in Australia with three million vehicles registered in 2021.

Hyundai has moved into fourth place, replacing Ford which saw another annual decrease in registrations, this year by 4.8 per cent.

Holden continues to hold onto second place ahead of Mazda in third, despite the number of Holdens registered falling by 5.3 per cent from 2020 to 2021.

Are you in the market for a new car? What factors do you consider when looking for a new car?


I look for economy/comfort/safety/AND it must have a normal-sized spare tire, not one of those half-sized ones -- called a donut I think?  Very hard to find these days.



I agree about the spare, as we do a lot of driving including interstate. My husband complains that not only do you have to pay extra for a real spare but new vehicle makers are not making a deep enough well for a full size to fit in which takes up valuable luggage space.

I agree with you PlanB, with the addition (for physical reasons) of a shallow floor pan for getting out and a height of entry that does not make me bend a lot or lift my leg too high on getting in.

I'll continue to stick with the tried and true - petrol, four cylinder to save on registration; no turbo, no DSG gearbox (both too complicated and liable to failure), no more than six gears, decent balloon tyres for ride comfort, good ground clearance to avoid hitting these horrible kerbs; leather bound steering wheel, gear lever and brake lever (proper brake lever); good all-round visibility, reversing camera and beepers. Don't need sat-nav, bluetooth, silly stop-start mechanism or any of that stuff. Would like a CD player though, and a big boot.

Is there anything current to better my 2013 Honda CR-V?

Yes Bill

My 2006 Honda Integra :)

I love my Honda CRV 2005 model, never any issues. Roomy and I feel safe. I also have heated leather seats, a sunroof and even the original picnic table it came with. Got it second hand in 2015 with low kms too.

I have a 2018 diesel KIA sportage. It is brilliant. It has economy, comfort, safety, great power and just about every technical assistance you could dream of (except head up display, and I think the current ones have this) Much of the tech stuff I don't use, or don't know how to use. LOL! It also has a full size spare and 7 year warranty. So friends, don't discount a Kia when you next go for a car.  

2006 isn't exactly current, Suze (and I don't mean anything to do with electrics!). I have a lot of regard for Kia, Toby, from what I've seen. I'm trending towards a Honda HR-V to replace the CR-V (which is actually my wife's) before they exchange petrol for electric. I forgot about full-size spare being a prerequisite amongst my other preferences. Not sure how Honda's new marketing policy is going to change things though.

Lucky for those who can afford a new car. I stick with used car, cheaper and not contributing to the big "buy everything new" mentality. I might buy new one day and hopefully will not run on polluting petrol or diesel.

From 1 September 2021, purchasers of new and used battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles purchased for under $78,000 (incl GST) will not pay stamp duty. This will put up to $3,000 back into the pocket of EV purchasers.

This incentive, along with the removal of stamp duty will save eligible EV purchasers up to $5,540, and help drive the uptake of EVs to more than 50 per cent of all car sales by 2030-31.

That's still too expensive for the average person and I still don't have any faith in the range of an EV. Also the cost of replacement batteries, after, say, eight years, is prohibitive. The makers and governments are barking up the wrong tree. The only real alternative to petrol is hydrogen, once sufficient infrastructure is in place.

Incidentally, referring back to comments on Kia cars, when we were in the UK two years ago we hired a Kia station wagon - a model not available in Oz - and it was a very satisfactory vehicle, taking us all around England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.


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