With General Motors ending the Holden brand in August it was fascinating to read a News.com article earlier this year after the Holden announcement on which is Australia’s best selling car.
With the call for small cars one might ponder on this question as everywhere you go, there are small vehicles by the bundle. Dropping kids at school, at the supermarket, at the church and all Green supporters, one might imagine by the thousand fold.
With the environment big in the media and in education and in the social arena we might conclude this would transfer directly to Australians moving from the big car to the small car.
Moreover with the Holden brand gone, al la the Commodore family car, and the failure to gain measure in the market with the touch-smaller Epica, one might conclude this was the inevitable result of a move to the smaller car.
Young people on the whole, with a plethora of choice before them, especially young women who are massive “car buyers” – either getting to University or to career pathways, they turn up with a variety of smaller vehicles.
We might surmise therefore that the best seller car in Australia would be in a mould of such a scenario - smallish vehicle, four doors, cheap on petrol, low maintenance, solid on the environment – all such boxes ticked.
Our own experience
Our family of six had for 18 years a number of 8 seater VW vans. We did the miles and exchanged each one at 40,000ks which was sometimes under two years. When we relocated to Tweed Heads and the family off our hands my wife was wanting a sedan, a down sizing.
This was 2006 and the Ford dealer was willing to help the mission and with the Fairlane going off market, the same engine as the Falcon, we scored a Fairlane which we kept the Fairlane for 14 years. My wife liked it, comfortable and pleasant.
My wife wanted her own wheels as well - and the same Ford dealer came to the party and we secured a Fiesta in 2008 who after several years our fourth, our third daughter, relocated to Sydney for university, was married, had a 2002 Pulsar and needed a more reliable vehicle for work.
Someone donated to us an Epica which my wife kept and the Fiesta went to Sydney to our daughter. They kept the Pulsar for her husband, in the grand scheme of things, not really necessary.
2020 we traded in to out Ford dealer the Fairland and Epica and bought from the dealer a 2012 Mazda 3 - and at the end of this month the Pulsar comes back to us. This is not an unusual family situation once the kids leave home and need wheels themselves.
Australia’s best selling car in 2020
According to the News.com article it is the Toyota Highlux Rugged X. David McCowan writes - Australians love utes, and we buy more of this particular workhorse than any other vehicle because it has a combination of unbeatable features.
The Toyota HiLux has been Australia’s best selling vehicle for the better part of the past decade. And because of that success Toyota has added more expensive models to the range to draw in even more buyers looking for high-end utes for weekend adventures. The Rugged X is its most rough-and-tumble ute.
It has style, comfort, safety and a driving experience. The article has everything you need to know about it and why it is so popular.
But that is not all. The alternative similar vehicles have similar high sales
Holden Colorado Z71,
Nissan Navara Warrior
Ford Ranger Raptor
Surprisingly many ministers and mission people drive these larger vehicles or second-hand such vehicles. There are obviously good reasons for this.
Have a look at those who march with Extinction Rebellion and after they head off and see - what vehicles they drive and ascertain whether this is real for them.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
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