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Hy­brids, hyped as the cars of the fu­ture, are be­ing swamped in a sea of diesel as buy­ers pre­fer the lat­ter form of al­ter­na­tive fuel by as much as 150 to one. Sales fig­ures re­leased by the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries show that last month, pri­vate buy­ers bought 1428 turbo dieselpow­ered cars and 3149 SUVs to only 197 petrol-elec­tric hy­brid cars and 19 SUVs. Con­ven­tional petrol pow­ered cars re­main our ve­hi­cles of choice but the fuel ef­fi­ciency and grunt de­liv­ered by turbo diesels is in­creas­ingly putting these ve­hi­cles in our drive­ways. Mean­while, the Roy Mor­gan Au­to­mo­tive Currency Re­port has found more mo­torists con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a diesel (46.8 per cent) than a hy­brid (45.9 per cent). In­ter­est in hy­brids peaked at 60 per cent three years ago.


We’ve not seen the last of Mark Skaife in a hel­met and rac­ing suit, de­spite his quit­ting V8 Su­per­car en­durance driv­ing to be­come the sport’s com­mis­sion chair­man. ‘‘ I’ve had some of­fers to do some rac­ing over­seas and a few more of­fers have come in since Bathurst to race lo­cally,’’ he says. As chair­man he must be independent but there is no con­flict with the chair­man’s po­si­tion and other rac­ing cat­e­gories.


Kia and Hyundai have cor­nered the US mar­ket with brand and cor­po­rate loy­alty, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­searcher Ex­pe­rian Au­to­mo­tive. Kia dom­i­nates with 47.9 per cent of own­ers who bought an­other Kia be­tween April and June. Ford was sec­ond with 46.5 per cent, fol­lowed by Chevro­let, Hyundai, Toy­ota, Honda, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Nis­san and BMW.

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