DUAL RANGER

4 x 4 Australia - - The score -

LOOK­ING at an­nual dual-range 4WD sales in 2010 and 2015, it’s clear 4WDS with a trans­fer case are not a dy­ing breed, de­spite the raft of new soft­roader SUVS on the mar­ket.

The 4WD ute seg­ment (where al­most all of­fer­ings have dual-range) has seen the big­gest growth, with 134,003 ex­am­ples sold in 2015, com­pared with just 93,956 in 2010 – an in­crease of 43 per cent.

Ten dual-range large SUV wag­ons sold 18,723 be­tween them in 2010. By 2015, 58,098 were sold among 12 mod­els (in­clud­ing both the Mit­subishi Chal­lenger and its re­place­ment the Pa­jero Sport), a jump of 31 per cent.

There were six dual-range-only lux­ury 4WDS in both 2010 and 2015 (although by 2015 the cat­e­gory was split into lux­ury and up­per lux­ury), with 4421 sold in 2010. By the end of 2015 there were 6468 sold, an im­prove­ment of 15 per cent.

Up­per large SUVS (Patrol and Landcruiser 200) sales de­clined 11 per cent from 12,256 to 11,007.

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