TALK ABOUT THE LONG HAUL ...

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - @PaulWardGover

SOME cars refuse to die. The orig­i­nal Land Rover is the best ex­am­ple, with the last one just built af­ter 68 years. The Hin­dus­tan Am­bas­sador ran from 1958 to 2014 in In­dia, hav­ing started as the Mor­ris Ox­ford in 1948 in Bri­tain.

The Suzuki Jimny and Lotus Elise, only ba­bies by com­par­i­son, have both been around since the middle of the ’90s with min­i­mal changes.

Over the past 20-odd years the Jimny had only a short break from Aus­tralia to have key safety items fit­ted.

There have been all sorts of twists and turns, but no change to the Elise’s ba­sics.

Only 22 Elises were sold in 2015 but a to­tal of 1098 Jim­nys found new homes, nearly dou­ble the 2014 tally.

Nis­san’s GC Pa­trol is an­other long-ter­mer, hav­ing made its Aus­tralian de­but in De­cem­ber 1997. There is a new Pa­trol at the top of Nis­san’s four-wheel drive fam­ily but the GC is still a hugely pop­u­lar and rel­a­tively af­ford­able choice with 4WD fans and grey no­mads.

Mit­subishi’s Pa­jero runs and runs, per­haps prov­ing practicality rather than fash­ion is the key in the se­ri­ous SUV world.

So, while coupes and sports cars come and go, the big off-road bat­tle wag­ons just do what they do best. A bit like a Hin­dus­tan Am­bas­sador.

Fond farewell: The fi­nal Land Rover De­fender rolls off the pro­duc­tion line.

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