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4WD sales continue to rise

Posted by Car Geek on May 23, 2007

Sales of four-wheel drives, or “sports utility vehicles”, has risen despite a trend in motor vehicle sales against it, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Despite petrol price increases and the threat of a spike to $1.50 per litre, 4WD sales have risen 4.3 per cent for April against a trend for vehicle sales downwards by 1.1 per cent. The trend has been attributed to a stronger economy and less speculation about interest rate rises.

Year to date, 4WD sales are up 9.8 per cent on the same period last year, while passenger car sales have risen by 1.1 per cent. 4WDs can be rated for up to twice as much fuel consumption as smaller cars.

Sidenote: does anyone else get annoyed with how “SUV” seems to have replaced 4WD in the official lexicon? That’s a trend out of the US I’d rather not have picked up.



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