Falcons becoming an endangered species
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