Aussies not re­ally star trekkies

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cars Guide -

AUS­TRALIANS like to crow about the vast dis­tances they drive in their cars. The grey no­mad trek into the Out­back is just one of the dream drives for peo­ple who spend most of their days stuck in bumper-to­bumper traf­fic on a sub­urb-to-city com­mute.

And there are all those ‘‘gun­nas’’ with four­wheel drives who are go­ing to hit the bush — one day.

But new fig­ures from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment show we are not the trekkies we be­lieve.

Even though new-car war­ranties are typ­i­cally set at three years and 100,000km on the av­er­age dis­tance cov­ered by Aus­tralian buy­ers — and Mit­subishi went out to five years/ 130,000km as bait for the doomed 380 — the ac­tual dis­tance we drive is much lower.

How much lower? About half, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in Can­berra.

It has just re­leased fig­ures on fuel econ­omy and emis­sions for the Green Ve­hi­cle Guide, com­put­ing the av­er­age im­pact of a car on the en­vi­ron­ment.

It is bad news for the planet, but the num­bers are sur­pris­ing as a re­flec­tion of av­er­age travel.

The fig­ure for light ve­hi­cles— the class that cov­ers the Hyundai Getz and Toy­ota Yaris — is only 15,200km a year.

Off road: hit­ting the high­way not so com­mon.

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