Vot­ers driven by con­trasts

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Pot­tinger

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.

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