On the Road Vehicles in Australia 2016

Car classifications

According to the department of Transport, cars officially fit into the “C class” vehicle category and require a C class license to drive a vehicle that can be as big as a 12 seater but does not weigh more 4.5 tonnes.

The market, however, classifies cars differently. Cars are classified based on the size of engine, size and shape of the body, and the vehicle’s intended use. For the sake of simplicity, let’s cut down the classification tables in a way that is easy to understand. Just keep in mind that this list is in no way exhaustive as there are new types of cars coming in to the marketplace regularly and blurring lines between classes.

• Passenger cars

◦ Micro
◦ Compact
◦ Hatchback
◦ Sedan
◦ Coupe
◦ Sports car/ super car/ hyper car
◦ Roadster
◦ Luxury/ limousine

The list goes on with more specific classifications like GT cars, electric, hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell, racing cars, rally-cross, special purpose, and so forth. To add to this is the ever-growing class was formerly known as the 4×4 category but now known as the SUV category.

• SUVs

◦ Off-road
◦ Soft roader
◦ Crossover

Most popular cars on sale in Australia

The Australian car market has grown tremendously over the last 50 years or so with brands from all over the world making their mark in the industry. The two brands that stand out here are Ford and Holden, but are far from the biggest sellers these days.

By category, SUV’s have sold the most in 2015. Over 1.1 million SUVs being registered last year, showing a remarkable move away from traditional passenger cars. This represents a 15.9% spike in demand of SUVs. Passenger cars were second in sales volume over last year. Four of the ten best sellers were small passenger cars.

The most popular models sold in Australia 2015 were the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda 3. Ironically the old Aussie “Ute” was the third most sold category in 2015 with over 175,000 registered. Toyota, who incidentally makes excellent models of all three mentioned categories was the biggest seller last year and is still going strong in 2016 so far.

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