Fal­cons be­com­ing an en­dan­gered species

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over­all No. 1 for the ninth year and the big­gest change was the end of the Holden Com­modore’s 15-year run as Aus­tralia’s favourite car.

It was un­seated by the Mazda3, by 812 sales, as Aus­tralians con­tin­ued to desert big cars in favour of more fuel-ef­fi­ci­cient com­pacts.

‘‘The de­mand for sport util­ity ve­hi­cles was up again — an in­crease of 3.8 per cent — which (sug­gests) Aus­tralians are em­brac­ing SUVS as the new fam­ily car,’’ said Ian Chalmers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries.

The fam­ily-sized Fal­con booked its worst show­ing in 2011, sell­ing 18,741 units, or less than a quar­ter of its peak of 81,000

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