Rise of the SUVs

Posted on Thursday, 25 August 2016 by CarTakeBack

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Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are tipped to outsell passenger vehicles for the first time in Australia by the end of 2016, start of 2017, according to Wheels Magazine.

Commonly known as the "Soccer Mum Car" the SUV, like them or not (and Australia appear to like them!), are riding a wave of popularity and showing no sign of slowing down. In WA and Qld they are already outselling passenger vehicles. Motor Trade Association WA chief executive Stephen Moir described SUVs as the “Swiss Army knife of cars”.

One of Perth’s biggest car dealers John Hughes said SUVs had wide appeal, but were particularly popular with young families.

“They like the space inside, there’s room for their children and sporting equipment.” he said.

“Older people also like them because they’re easier to get into. And everyone likes to sit up high. You have a better view of the road and you feel more secure.”

Man with SUV

Australia's top selling SUVs this year are the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail. 

According to VFACTS figures many car makers are depending heavily on the popularity of SUV's to offset falling sales in passenger vehicles as SUVs become the vehicle of choice.

Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders says you won’t succeed in our the fiercely competitive car market selling only hatches and sedans. “The SUV allows you to downsize, yet the packaging advantages mean you don’t lose space” he told Wheels.

Be prepared for the explosion of the "Toorak Tractors" of the SUVs from Porsche, Jaguar & Bentley (yes, Bentley!) soon too. These will be popular for those not concerned about the price, and competition will be on in the "Soccer Mum Race"!

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