Voters driven by contrasts
HOLDEN’S Commodore has affirmed its status as Australia’s best-selling car by driving away with CarsGuide’s People’s Choice award, but the 2010 prize process has thrown up its share of surprises.
Across all states, all age groups, male and female voters, the Commodore came in first, followed by Subaru’s Liberty, then the Ford Falcon.
Not so shocking, but such is the diversity in voting between the states, that you might wonder if we all belong to the same country.
New South Wales voters narrowly preferred the new version of Volkswagen’s Polo small hatch, which was our judges’ CarsGuide Car of the Year.
In the Top End, Toyota’s tough HiLux ute is the apt winner. By complete contrast, Queensland and Tasmania rated Audi’s uber-luxury A8 sedan their No. 1.
To break it down further, 51 to 60-year-olds preferred the A8, while those 61 and over liked the more traditional Mercedes-Benz E Class. But if you’re a 21-31 year-old-man, you think Nissan GT-R Godzilla is Australia’s No. 1 car.
Your ideal first car? Toyota’s Yaris if you’re a woman, the Polo if you’re not. The gender variance continued into the prestige car category, with women preferring the E-Class, which was for men only the fourth choice. Blokes want an A8 first, an XJ Jaguar second – the ladies rate the Jag at four.
Overall Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT are Jag jurisdictions. Queensland, NSW and Tasmania are the A8 states, while Victorians choose the E-Class.
That other wish fulfilment category, Sporty Cars, is the most gender specific.
Godzilla rates tops with guys; girls shoved it back to fourth opting for the Porsche 911 Turbo. Peugeot’s svelte RCZ scares off men, who relegate it to five; it is the second choice of women.
Commercially across all states, all age groups, male and female, the HiLux rules.
TOP METAL: Holden Commodore (above), Subaru Liberty (below left) and Ford Falcon were the top three cars across the country in this year’s poll but naturally there were considerable differences between states, ages and gender.