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We also love meat pies, kan­ga­roos and SUVS. New re­search shows what Aus­tralia drives and vice versa

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

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

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