Holden has a new best-selling model for the first time since 1978 after its Cruze small car outsold the Commodore in January.

The latest official car industry sales figures reveal Holden sold 2445 Cruzes last month compared to 2170 for its large car, which in 2011 had its 15-year run as Australia’s most popular model ended by another small car, the Mazda3.

The result reflects another torrid month for large car sales, with the Commodore falling 18 per cent compared to January 2011 and the Ford Falcon pared by a fifth to just 931 units (click to read our separate story on Falcon’s January sales result).

The Cruze was the third-best-selling vehicle in January, completing a podium for small cars with the Toyota Corolla second (3383 sales) and the Mazda3 (4045) cementing its new place at the top of the charts.

Small cars  dominated the top 10 with the additions of the Hyundai i30 (5th), Mazda2 (6th), Ford Focus (8th), Mitsubishi Lancer (9th) and Toyota Yaris (10th).

The Commodore (4th) was one of two exceptions, with 7th place taken by the Nissan Navara ute (1609 sales), which even outsold the Toyota HiLux.

SUVs, however, were responsible for driving positive 4.4 per cent year on year growth for the industry overall, led by a huge 61 per cent rise in compact SUVs. SUV sales grew 30 per cent compared to a 2.2 per cent drop in passenger cars.

Medium car sales increased by 35 per cent to overtake large cars (4713), while city car sales dropped by 21 per cent and small car sales were stagnant at -0.4 per cent.

The Focus was a rare highlight for Ford, with disappointing results for the Falcon, Territory (804 sales) and Ranger ute (618) contributing to a 9 per cent year-on-year decline.

Ford’s 5838 sales meant it slipped out of its usual third spot in the car brand sales rankings, overtaken by both Mazda (8479) and Hyundai (6513).

Toyota continues to lead the market, with 14,065 sales equating to an 18.3 per cent market share. Holden sits second with 9601 sales and an 11.8 per cent market share.

Kia jumped into the top 10 with 2276 sales at the expense of struggling Honda. The Japanese brand had a bad 2011 and in January saw sales fall by 29 per cent.

Jeep was one of the strongest performers of brands not recording high growth from relatively low bases, increasing sales by 175 per cent.

There were also positive results for Great Wall Motors (up 68%), Land Rover (up 47%), Kia (up 24%), Mercedes-Benz (up 25%), Mazda (up 18%) and Holden (up 8.1%).

Suzuki and Alfa Romoe sales both fell by 21 per cent compared to this time last year.

Top 10 sales: January 2012

Mazda3                                  4045

Toyota Corolla                       3383

Holden Cruze                         2445

Holden Commodore              2170

Hyundai i30                           1986

Mazda2                                  1624

Nissan Navara                       1609

Ford Focus                             1576

Mitsubishi Lancer                 1470

Toyota Yaris                           1352




  • Crummydore

    No wonder… I just filled my car this morning at almost a $1.50 a litre.

    With all the taxes, rates for services and everything else going up who wants to buy a car that chews up $90.00 to fill, gets 400-450 kms at best in suburban driving when you can buy a ‘medium’ sized small car (maz 3, cruze etc) that’s $10-15,000 cheaper, can be filled for $50 bucks and gets can go almost 700kms between fills!

    Sorry… I know I am pointing out the bleeding obvious.

    • Dave S

      Not that simple. its a long term issue. I am sure the 10 year old Commodore or Falcon is doing much better than the 10 year old mazda 3. There are some things a large car does better than a small one.

      • ToyotaGuru

        There is no such animal as a 10 year old Mazda3 (not for another 2 years).

        • Dave S

          No there is not, but that does not make the statement any less valid. I am aware of the 323 and its name change.

          There are some things big cars just do better.

          • MattP

            There are a lot of Mazda 323′s driving around which are over 10 years old.  And Toyota Camrys and many other small to mid sized four cylinder cars.  The only things a large car does better than a small one is tow heavy loads, carry larger people and consume more fuel.

    • Guest


      small car (maz 3, cruze etc) that’s $10-15,000 cheaper, can be filled for $50 bucks and gets can go almost 700kms between fills!”

      I’ve got a Mazda3. The official fuel consumption is 8.2L per 100km. I get 8.8L in real life. The Ford Falcon (Ecoboost) uses less at 8.1L per 100km. Once filled up, the Mazda3 fuel light comes on at around the 450km mark. 

      • Crummydore

        Lead foot!… 

        I suppose the 700km’s is best case scenario, still better than my VS Series 2.

      • Philthy

        My work car is an auto mazda 3 neo. Sitting on 7.9 L/100 after 1500 k’s. 

    • F1o

      Good luck achieving less than 10L/100k’s on any 4cyl.. I have an 05 Pulsar and I drive very efficient, never turn on a/c etc and the tank only takes about 350Km’s

      Sticker mileage is BS

      • Ozibrat

        Um I regularly get sub 7-8 L/100k’s on my twin charge petrol golf, and that’s driving it in a spirited way too.

      • DGS

        I have a 10 year old auto elantra I have had from new – and still can not find reason to offload it, still getting around 8 litres / 100km around town. 6.5 on long country runs. Have found I get better performance and fuel consumtion on 95 octane fuel over standard unleaded. (but not with 98 octane). Also using modern silicone tyres instead of rubber to reduce rolling resistance (and noise)

        • Des

          DGS says “still can not find reason to offload it”

          How about the fact that is as about as safe asa soggy cardboard box in an accident!

      • Ton_iori

        my o5 pulsar  use about 7.0-7.6/100 kms

      • kl78

        I know I am coming in late, but I just bought a diesel Cruze and I am already down to 7.8/100lt. I have only done 1300kms and can only expect this to go down. I am female, and yes I bought the hatch but I don’t think I fit the demographic for the diesel…

      • Igomi Watabi

        I get between 7 and 9 in a poorly-maintained 12 year old Daewoo Leganza. Imagine if I had a new, efficient four-cylinder rather than this okay car lumbered with an awful Holden drivetrain. My 11 demerit points suggest I’m not nursing it for 7-9 either.

        • MisterZed

          A Leganza?!  Rofl.  You’re one sad individual.

          • Igomi Watabi

            I know right. I just needed a cheap second hand car for a second car. And with what I had in my pocket the day it was that or a Paseo!

  • Junknepal

    I have no sympathy for Honda for not updating safety, tech or aesthetic aspects of their cars. I am surprised Totoya still leads. Time for them to take safety seriously for their popular models such as rav4 and CRV to push to a new level, and to 5-star safety. They would have dominated the filed if they had a bit of vision….

    • Guest

      new civic and crv are 5 stars. just waiting for it to come in a month or so. 

  • http://viddesign.com.au/ Vid_Ghost

    Mazda really is on a roll… but at 28k for a CX5 (petrol) base model at 6.5L per 100k i kinda see Mazda 3 sales taking a hit from this compact SUV… up until the Skyactive tech makes its way into the “whole” mazda 3 range…. 7.9/8.2L per 100k isnt good enough for todays standards on the mazda 3….. its a shame you can only get the sky engine that provides a the 6.5L /100k only on the expensive SP20

    • Guest

      Fuel consumptions.

      Mazda 3:  8.2L (per 100km) *** WINNER *** :)Corolla:     7.5L
      Lancer:     7.2L (Dec 2011 update)
      Elantra:     7L?
      Focus:      6.8L?
      Cruze:      7L?

      Camry:     7.6L
      i45:           7.8L

      Falcon (ECB): 8.1L

      For automatics.

      • http://twitter.com/jackkl Jack Lewis

        Mazda 3 SP20 is attracting a lot of buyers – at 6.1 and 6.2L/100km (for sedan and hatch respectively), its Australia’s most fuel efficient petrol-engined, automatic small car.

        • Andrew

          The BMW 118i is rated at 5.8L/100. Beats me why the Mazda3 gets any buyers, lots of road and engine noise.

          • http://twitter.com/jackkl Jack Lewis

            I stand corrected.

            It is rather impressive though, that the SP20 gets that fuel economy without a turbocharger.

          • Sydlocal

             Jack, I think in a way you were correct. It is one of the most fuel efficient small cars “without” turbocharging. It is not a bad effort that a 2L N/A engine is getting similar fuel economy to a 1.4/1.6(Golf/118i) turbocharged engine. Could you imagine what a 1.4/1.6 version of this engine with a turbo etc would get…

          • Jrobbyw

            Andrew, remember though that the SkyActiv compression ratio is not as high in Aus because of our fuel quality – if not, it could potientially be Australia’s most fuel efficient car by a mile. Also ,the Mazda3 is not a full SkyActiv implementation.

            Also, I don’t know why people keep over-rating the engine noise, road noise with the Mazda 3 – it is fairly quiet – definately not Lexus quiet but quiet enough. My old Toyota was a lot, lot more noiser. 

      • Ozibrat

        *cough* golf 6.3 *cough*

  • Leighh

    of course its disappointing for Ford, who likes their cars battered by hail??? 

  • Guest

    honestly, if i was the governemnt, i would push toyota to make corolla here and mazda 3 here to boost local car industry. dont push for falcons and commodores lol. 

    • Anthony Mindel

      Could not agree more

    • MisterZed

      Mazda have never been built in Australia.

      • Sydlocal

         ….um, Guest never said it was. Read it again…

    • Ford Faiflane

      Thats good if your a city bound latte drinker,but people who live in the country areas want a car with torque.

      If you had to drive Melbourne to Brisbane and you had two cars to choose from a Corolla Ultima Conquest Sedan or a G6E Falcon.

      You would have to be an idiot to choose the Corolla

      • Phil

        Why do you need lots of torque to sit at 100kmh?

        • Shak

          You need good torque and something more than a 4spd auto so that your car isnt sitting at 100km/h and 3000rpm! In a Falcon or Comoodore, you can laze along at 110km/h at probably 1800-1900rpm and then when you need it have overtaking power in spades, something which very very few small cars have.

          • Phil

            What’s wrong with doing 3000rpm? It’ll still be more efficient than a big 6 doing 1800rpm and with decent refinement, the only difference you’d notice is the tacho.

            Also you don’t get overtaking power in spades at 1800rpm nor will you get much torque even in a big 6 (unless your talking about a DI Turbo Diesel). You’ll have to kick down several gears as Crummer needs at least 6000rpm for decent overtaking power and even then it’s not great.

            Again, you don’t need torque to sit at 100kmh.

            Also you “need” more than a 4 spd auto???? So country people never bought any Crummers/Falcoones untill just a few years ago when they finally moved away from their 4 speeders?

          • Ozmazda

            I have a 20yrs old 1.3ltr 4spd auto Mazda 121 bubble that has been in the family since new this month which my late Dad bought. It serves me well and gets 500ks from a 35ltr tank…..I live in Orange and drive to Sydney once a month and it never misses a beat and I can sit on the speed limit (sometimes above it) without a problem…100ks @ 3000rpm….this year a newer Mazda (4×4) ute will be purchased to sit along side the bubble….we have been a Mazda family for over 30yrs….and there is 12 within the family…

          • MisterZed

            Why are you still driving a 20 year old bubble – get something better.

          • Ozmazda

            I’m assuming u didn’t read why I keep it….and while its still going strong..it has sentimental value….I’m looking at a new CX5 or a BT50 ute this year but the 121 will always hold favourite….

          • jekyl & hyde

            take your dribble and apply it of some other forum that lacks intelligence.your so wrong on so much…

          • Ford Fairlane

            So you would choose the Corolla,LOL

            Refer to my first post.

          • Phil

            No, I never said which car I’d choose.

            The real idiot would be anyone who would drive any car from Melbourne to Brisbane.
            I would forgo the chance to spent 2 entire days of my life + 1 night in some seedy roadside motel for $99, burn up $200 of petrol and arrive feeling fatigued.
            Rather I would take a $139 flight for a 2-3 hour travel time with the ability to read a book on the way and arrive fresh and alert. Of course I know you would disagree because the aircraft used for these flights cruise at a engine speed over 3000rpm….(?)

            Also in case you didn’t notice – 3300 people bought a Corolla…..900 bought a Falcoone. Get with the times, how long is it going to take before you realise people don’t want Falcoone?

          • Ford Fairlane

            Are you impleying that you would take the Falcon?

            Alot of car enthusiasts(real one’s)would jump at the chance to drive a decent car on a driving holiday,their not idots.

            Melbourne to Brisbane would be a great driving holiday.

            For short trips a flight would be better,a rocket would be even better as it goes fast still and at 0 rpm.:

            3300 non car enthusiasts now own a basic commuter car,good luck to them,hope they have fun(but its not likely).

          • Phil

            Yea, ummm my idea of a holiday is something a bit more exciting than sitting on the hume highway for hours at 115kmh in a taxi.

            A lot of car enthusiasts (real ones) prefer something like a track day or a drive through a deserted mountain pass rather than sitting on the Hume highway at 110kmh.
            Speaking of which, I’ve gone to a few trackdays, no Falcoones or Crummers there except when a freind of mine brought his Falcoone and oh dear…..298mm disc brakes on a heavy and powerful car ….brake pedal got soft after one lap following by the pedal sinking to the floor on the second lap so his day was ruined by the poorly designed car. Thankfully I used a BMW which despite being lighter and slightly less powerful – had larger brakes which didn’t fade at all.

            900 taxi drivers and government officials now have a basic work car, good luck to them – they’ll need it for the resale.

          • Ford Fairlane

            Fil – Your really are showing how much of a claytons car enthusiast you are,your just here to bash Austrailan made large cars.Did an Australian made car pick on you at school or something?:)

            What you said is true, “alot of car enthusiasts would prefer track days”but i did not call them idiots.
            While you called enthusiasts on the other end of the spectrum idiots.

            I called anyone who would choose to drive(Mel to Bris)a Corolla over a G6E an Idiot,which you attacked then implyed you would take the Falcon anyway.

            Have you ever heard of these two letters put togeather,G and T it makes GT and it stands for Gran Touring.
            Were do you think the term “Gran Touring” came from?

            and It did not come about by people driving their nana to the shops to get a latte.

          • Andrew M

            Actually a Falcon on Hway mode will beat a 4cyl mondeo for economy, and yes, thats as per official figures.

            Small cars are geared with closer ratios to keep revs down because thats where they drink

          • Hung Low

            Dear Phil, ask yourself why dont any S-class MB’s, 7 series BMW’s, RR etc do not rev at 3000rpm at 110km? Big engines are about having reserves of torque at practically any rpm, the cruising capability of a large engine and the efficiency in the way they do it makes a difference on a long trip. Prestige cars are renowned for comfort, space and cruising ability. These are 3 design parameters that are present on local cars.

          • Dave S

            Good torque is great for coasting along the highway at highway speeds – no questions asked.

            Unfortunatly we dont all live in the plains. Some areas are quite hilly. Its nice having the torque to just travel up the steep hills, passing small cars as they stuggle to maintain momentum going up the hills.

            This post was about the big car vs small car. There are some things that big cars do better (holding people and luggage and still holding a performance advantage) than small cars. This report was not ment to turn into an invition for all these people to tell us how much fuel their cars uses (which really is the only benifit of a small car (slightly cheaper to run)).

          • MisterZed

            A 2.4L four should cruise at 110 at around 1800-2200 rpm or so.  Even with a 4-speed.

      • DGS

        Over the last 10 years I have driven my 2002 Elantra from Perth to Melborne and back 4 times and numerous trips around regional WA. The car never missed a beat cruising hour in, hour out at 2500 RPM (110 – 120km/hr) averaging 6.3 – 6.5 litres per 100 km.

        Have done some of the same roads in the work falcon (2010 modle). RPM lower, fuel consumpion higher (did not record as I don’t have to pay for it) slight improvement in comfort – but not enough to tempt me to get a falcon or comodore when I eventually upgrade. i30 or Accent with the 1.6 litre diesel is looking interesting. Cruze with 2 litre diesel at the right price certainly could tempt me.

    • Karl

      I see your point Guest, but I think a Camry would have a bigger profit margin than a Corolla (as most large cars do).
      Also, Toyota’s altona plant mostly serves the export market, so whatever Toyota can sell here without having to put on a ship is a second priority.

  • BP

    I don’t get why C’dore have been declining since October ’11????? Nothing really has changed since then, petrol isn’t moving that much  so I baffled as to why C’dore is selling below the 3000-mark. A lot of people are saying that it’s because they won’t pay $40K for a C’dore, yet VE Commoodore has been on sale for 5+ years now. Why is it now C’dore has suffered?

    • Taylorhugh

      IMO I think C’dore has suffered due to fleet sales turning towards smaller cars, I have seen many Hyundai i30 govt cars where I live, all diesel too.
      I would like to see more diesel powered cars come to Australia eg: Toyota IQ 1.4D, Corolla 2.0D etc etc 

    • Birty_B

      It’s just the purchasing cycle, it’s nothing that happens over night, but the people who bought cars 3/4/5 years ago replacing their old cars. They’re not attracting any new buyers but they’re losing previous customers. 

  • Aus_poppa

    Will we look back on January as the tipping point?

    Falcon looks terminal – Ecoboost 4 will be too little and too late, and unless the Commodore figure turns out to be an aberration the RWD 6 cylinder Australian car will turn out to belong in our past, as will Ford manufacture here.

  • http://twitter.com/jackkl Jack Lewis

    January sales are always dominated by private purchases – I wouldn’t be surpised if Commodore outsells Cruze next month, but the days of this happening are well and truly fleeting
    What this does prove, however, is that Mazda 3 is Australia’s favourite car - for the private buyer.
    Unfortunately, I don’t see Mazda 3 winning overall this year – I maintain that #1 will be the Corolla

    Still, every day I’m a little bit closer to getting the Mazda 3 MPS. :D

    • Ozmazda

      Mazda are rubbing their hands together as a huge amount of their sales are private….so what a great profit margin….

    • MisterZed

      If January is dominated by private sales, it doesn’t explain a few things.  Landcruiser sold over 1,000 units in January and that has a fairly large proportion of fleet buyers.  Same goes for RAV4.  In fact, fleet buyers make up a large chunk of Corolla, Cruze, i30, and Lancer sales too, but all 4 of those models were in the top 10 in January.  Aurion also did very well for the month and 80% of Aurions are to fleets.

      • Sydlocal

         Actually DZ621 that is not entirely true. When it comes to private sales in 2011 the Corolla was number 2 best selling car in Australia. There was an article in the paper yesterday that had the top 10 private selling cars from VFACTS. The top 4 in order IIRC was the Mazda3, Corolla, Cruze and Lancer with fleet sales for all of those cars making less than half the total sales. IIRC the Lancer wasn’t much different to the Mazda3 when it comes to fleet purchases. The Commodore was number 7. I can give the whole top ten if you like but I don’t fully remember what the other numbers were and the paper is still at work. I could still grab it when I head to work shortly and bring it back and post the results if you like?

      • Sydlocal

        I just found the article just now on line DZ621. This is from “The Sydney Morning Herald” yesterday. I was a little wrong with number 4 but here are the numbers. I will use order in top ten, then total private sales, then total fleet sales. A couple of the numbers I said in the other post were out a little as I was going off memory from yesterday. Sorry about that, here are the real figures.

        1 – Mazda3, 36,026 – 5,403.
        2 – Corolla, 22,448 – 13,639.
        3 – Cruze 19,889 – 13,895.
        4 – Mazda2 15,242 – 2,259.
        5 – Lancer 12,873 – 5,844.
        6 – Golf 11,986 – 6,397.
        7 – Commodore 11,782 – 28,835.
        8 – i30 10,646 – 18,223.
        9 – Yaris 10,230 – 5,984.
        10 – Fiesta 9,621 – 2665.

        Intersting breakdown itsn’ it?!

        • MisterZed

          I actually saw that same article.  I never knew that such a high percentage of i30 sales were to fleets.  Yet, in January, i30 was the 5th best-selling vehicle.  So this goes against the argument that January is dominated by private sales.

          • Sydlocal

             That is a very interesting point well made…

          • Andrew M

            I believe these are total 2011 sales not January 2012 if thats what you thought.

            Also, Hyundai is a big fleet seller, how do you think they grew so quick?
            They even have a big foot in the police fleet door too with iLoads and ix35′s let alone the hire companies.

    • Phil

      Crummer sales are down 500 units on January last year. The excuse last year was that the Vic/QLD/NSW floods and cyclone Yasi had affected supply/delivery.

  • Guest

    I noticed that 80% of Mazda3 owners are females. What do you reckon.

    • http://twitter.com/jackkl Jack Lewis

      They have good taste in automobiles.

    • Guest

      I reckon you’re an idiot

      • Ozmazda

        I hope you get flamed by a female….

    • http://viddesign.com.au/ Vid_Ghost

      Every female i know wants a mazda 3… not sure i think its the style its just right and its a very good looking car from the inside!… but guys are looking at the smiley and walking away… cant wait for the 2013/14 redesign Mazda 3

      • O123

        I dont understand it either, my sister was nuts about the old 3 and this one, What is it? I told her to look at golf,  heck even a 1 series and she liked neither

      • MisterZed

        Are these females interested in the sedan or the hatch?  Because most Mazda3s sold are sedans, and females generally tend to go for hatches.

      • Ozmazda

        I love the smiley face….and I know plenty of guys with them….
        but what gets me so they are woman that are buying them Mazda has done their homework well…..

    • Ozmazda

      and ur point is…..u must live near alot of women then as I see just as many blokes in them as well…

    • MisterZed

      Most Mazda3s sold are sedans, so your estimate of 80% women owners seems unlikely.  Women tend to prefer hatchbacks.  I see plenty of guys driving them.  Probably a 50/50 split.

      • Sumpguard

           I actually agree with the original comment. They seem to attract a lot of women in the 25-35 age bracket up here in Cairns. I reckon it’s the sporty look perhaps. Sure guys drive them too but there is certainly a biased towards women . 

  • Andrew

    Subaru still happy building cars they want to build want rather than cars people actually want to buy. Keep up the good work Nick Senior. Keep telling us we want economical little asthamtic engines to save fuel rather than diesel engines that have lots of grunt mated to a nice 6 speed auto gearbox. Suffer in your jocks.

  • Goodfa

    Commodore sales are declining because people are downsizing but also because it is well overdue for a proper refresh. (which is still a long 18 months away)

  • Des

    I’m not working on facts here, just my own example. I used to have Comodes over the years, from the early late 70′s til around 2001 then I went the medium SUV route. (When they started to get more car like, if you will) I don’t think I’m alone here. I now still have a medium SUV as the family car and a small hatch as the shopping trolley. I won’t be a Falcon or Commodore customer in the future and there are loads of families going the same route.
    I think the days of the big sedan are almost dead.
    BTW, I like Cruze but I wouldn’t buy one as it doesn’t suit my circumstances.

    • Sydlocal

       You had a Commodore from the early 70s? You must have worked high up at Holden to get one that early considering it was released here near the end of 1978…

      • Des

        Typo, it was supposed to say late 70′s. A red 1979 VB SL/E 253 MANUAL. There weren’t many manuals them made.

  • BP

    I’m actually really really excited for VF Commodore. I know this might be C’dore’s worst year this year but 2013 should arrest that with VF C’dore. LPG due in the next couple weeks will be interesting for C’dore sales.

    • MisterZed

      The VF will just be a MMC right?  Like the BA was to the AU?  The doors, windows, roof, etc. will all remain the same?  Only the front and back changed? If this is the case, I don’t think it’s anything to look forward to.

      • Shak

        Yes and no. They will most likely change up the look a bit, but they will also put it on a major diet. Aluminium in the bonnet, and the guards up front most likely. Remember, the target for the next Commodore (3.0 litre) is to get to or below 8.0l/100km.

      • ???????

        VF will be a whole new body roof, windows, doors, front/rear and interior…plus what we already know aluminium bonnet/boot and guards. There will be a host of new features too, lane departing system,active cruise control plus LED light front and rear with all cars having projector beams. From what i know new VF will look something between a audi and bmw m5 mix one person said it looks like a cruze but biggers and more sporty.

        • Des

          Roof / door frames & glass / front window are all UNCHANGED for VF.
          As are MOST of the things that you cant see.

          Expect qtr panels, door skins (maybe), bonnet & boot, and bumber changes only. Word is there may be changes to the “C” pillar.

          Pretty much changes will be “bolt-on” only.

          • MisterZed

            Yeah, just as I suspected.  The only reason Holden even exists is because they only redesign their cars every 9 years, while most other makes are every 5.  With lower sales than ever, do you really think they can afford a whole redesign after only 7 years?!

  • Ramjet

    Todays “small” cars have grown to be the size of medium cars. eg Corolla is larger than an early Camry.  Todays “Medium” cars are the size of large cars eg. Mondeo is larger than old Falcons. Si in reality nothing has changed very much other than clever marketing campaigns. The Cruze is marketed as a “small” car when it is heavier than an early model Commodore. Todays Commodore now competes with SUVs and Dual Cab utes which are much more versatile.

  • Craigjuani

    First we had Volvo, then Camry and now Cruze.  I’m so excited, not.

  • Mikew

    Well i have a comment worth mentioning and i think why the 6 cylinder cars are falling in sales is due to the fact that our governments are charging way to much for rego.  Yes i know fuel is high too but I think people cant afford nearly $900 (QLD Rego) a year for a 6 so they go for the 4cyl car.  So a large family car with 4cyl rego might be a winner for ford. 

    • Phil

      If that were the case, then aussie 6ers would still be selling well in NSW (which they aren’t)where rego is based on weight not cylinders. The highest weight charge is “over 1505kgs” so Camrys, Passats, Mondeos are all paying the same rego as 1740kg Falcoones and 2600Kg Landcruisers.
      NSW doesn’t have fixed priced CTPs like QLD either and the standard CTP here is now $740 regardless of car size/cylinders.

    • Sydlocal

       Queensland is one of the few states that charge by number of cyls. The rest either go by weight or a fee that vaires depending on things like metro or regional variations etc.

  • Edward

    Ive always been a medium car owner, but i have tried commuting in the falcon and the commodore. The only benefit i felt was the typical lazy driving which does seem to suit long journeys. But for people like myself that live closer to the city, i think it doesnt make sense to have a large sedan. especially when you have to pay more to buy and run it

    • Ecoboooost

      It is hard to beat an SV6 or XR6 for long distance driving. I have also driven an E class Merc which is about the same size and if it were not for the badge there is no real difference in the way they drive. 80% of Australians live and drive in the cities and dont drive  any further than an hour down the road so a Mazda 3 makes sense if it is much cheaper to buy and run. The Focus is also a good car but girls prefer Mazda brand.

      • Dave S

        Personal preference.
        If i am stuck in traffic, i prefer to be in a large roomy and compfortable car than a small cramped car.

        • Sydlocal

           Do you mean the same small, cramped “small cars” that are just as large and in many cases have more interior space than a VB-VL Commodore for example?

  • Karl

    Benefits of low open road RPM include better NVH, longer engine life and better fuel economy.
    The comment about overtaking power at 1800 rpm is silly, any engine is going to change to a lower gear at WOT and obviously if that engine has more power you’ll get better performance. 
    I have a VT which is a classic example of the compromises made for good hwy economy with a tall 4th gear and final drive ratio, the issue is that if you want reasonable low speed gearing and tall hwy gearing (with only 4 ratios) the gaps between each gear become much bigger.