We love our sports
We also love meat pies, kangaroos and SUVS. New research shows what Australia drives and vice versa
The most popular vehicle varies between city and country.
An RACQ study of Queensland’s favourite cars found the Corolla and Camry were Brisbane’s favourites. Away from the capital, the bigger car still holds sway. In provincial cities such as Toowoomba, Bundaberg and Townsville, the Aussie sedan is the top pick. Further north in Mackay and Cairns, the LandCruiser is tops.
There are more than 12,474,000 cars on Australian roads with an average age of 10 years. According to the GIO figures, 53 per cent prefer driving a car alone and one in three prefers to travel with the family.
Indeed, a GIO survey concludes: We really are a car society with drivers twice as likely to remember their first car than their first kiss.’’
One in four of us owns a motorcycle but only 1 per cent use it as primary transport. Two per cent use a bicycle and 4 per cent prefer a bus or tram.
New-car buyers have turned to SUVs in record numbers this year, according to the FCAI. Sales of compact models— such as the Nissan Dualis, Mitsubishi ASX, Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Hyundai ix35— have grown at an unprecedented 61 per cent.
Australians bought 23,845 SUVs of all types last month.
SUVs have tallied 177,100 sales this year or just 20,000 vehicles short of the annual figure for 2007, the record year for vehicle sales. The segment is on track to top 305,000 sales.
We like white cars. Some of that’s down to practicality and price – non-metallic hues are often cheaper. Increasingly, white’s the new black. Especially white with black accents.
Postgraduate marketing researcher Andrew Golledge, of the Queensland University of Technology, says white is a practical colour popular with male and female professionals and tradesmen.
Second most popular colour is shared by silver— Golledge says it reflects prestige— and black, which is mostly bought by single men aged 18-35 who are
looking to establish their sense of mystery and interested in expressing themselves and their ambitions’’. Lo an ar lon