SUVS ON A ROLL

4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

AC­CORD­ING to re­search by US in­dus­try an­a­lyst IHS Au­to­mo­tive, SUVS in­creased sales by 88 per cent be­tween 2008 and 2013, and is ex­pected to ac­count for al­most a third of global ve­hi­cle sales by 2020.

Aus­tralian SUV (and ute) sales are also con­tin­u­ing to take an in­creas­ing chunk of the sales pie. In the first four months this year, VFACTS fig­ures show SUV sales are up 7.1 per cent over the same pe­riod last year, and ac­count for 37.6 per cent of all ve­hi­cles sold in Aus­tralia (up from 34.8 per cent in 2015). Keep in mind that what VFACTS calls SUVS mainly in­cludes mainly soft road­ers and 2WD things that are barely hatch­backs with stick-on plas­tic flares.

Mean­while, 4x4 utes sales are up 11.5 per cent over the same pe­riod last year, and ac­count for more than one in 10 new ve­hi­cles sold so far this year. In April, the Ford Ranger 4x4 was the third most pop­u­lar new ve­hi­cle in Aus­tralia, af­ter the Hyundai i30 and Toy­ota Corolla, with 2534 ex­am­ples sold.

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