Increase in 4WD sales.

Patriot

Administrator
Just read an interesting story about the large increase in 4WD sales in March. This is good news for the economy, as new fourbies aren't cheap so things must be looking up. It gives a general break of car sales too, but it would have been interesting to see the breakdown of models for 4 wheel drives.

James
 

tankbloke

4x4 Earth Contributer
Interesting read there James ,but SUVs I'm guessing would include all those prissy
BMWs and Volvo things that seem to be popular with the school run set.
 

bmurray2250

4x4 Earth Contributer
That is good, will cheese off this guy in Brisbane that wants 4x4, SUV, etc banned from the road. We may see more people seeing Oz and giving the much needed dollars to the country folks
 

frosty

4x4 Earth Contributer
That article would include small 4by's and some AWD's, just like our mate's, Harold Scruby!
 

Walkabout

Moderator
Its a good result, though keep in mind that these figures do not specificaly represent "4x4's" and the SUV market mainly consists of soft roaders or AWD vehicles.
One large reason for the increase in sales figures in this market is the fact that if you want to buy a wagon style vehicle you are almost restricted to SUV's and real 4wd's as a lot of people do not wish to own an ugly people mover to obtain 7-8 seats, so the sales of wagons pump up the figures enormously regardless of the use the end user has for the vehicle.
Its easy to see why people would have the prefrence to an SUV over a people mover in regards to safety, social status and the manufacturer marketing of selling the dream.
 

cloughcarib

Well-Known Member
Its a good result, though keep in mind that these figures do not specificaly represent "4x4's" and the SUV market mainly consists of soft roaders or AWD vehicles.
One large reason for the increase in sales figures in this market is the fact that if you want to buy a wagon style vehicle you are almost restricted to SUV's and real 4wd's as a lot of people do not wish to own an ugly people mover to obtain 7-8 seats, so the sales of wagons pump up the figures enormously regardless of the use the end user has for the vehicle.
Its easy to see why people would have the prefrence to an SUV over a people mover in regards to safety, social status and the manufacturer marketing of selling the dream.

Well put Walkabout. Look at the amount of 4WDs used on the northern beaches that will never see more roughage than the average parking lot. The roads are choked with them, but you cant fault them because of the roads they have to travel. The average parking lot is pretty rough(if you are placating a couple of kids in the car) and the roads are far smoother with a bit of travel in the suspension and larger tyres.
 

8UFF35T

Member
A lot of people buying 4wds lately, even the government have decided to have 4wds as their uniform.

I've seen lots of Prado's, Patrol's, Landcruisers, Hilux's, Navara's, Triton's, well all kinds of 4x4 utes and wagons being used by the Police also. But what are the greenies going to say about global warming? And pedestrians will come up with an article, "too many bullbars on road" loll.

Good to see this happning:D

Thanks for sharing the article James.
 
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