Australian Car Buyers Shifting to Smaller, Fuel Efficient Vehicles

As high fuel prices turn car buyers away from large family sedans, it's the smaller, cheaper four cylinder vehicles attracting drivers.

Published: 08-Sep-2006

> Industry figures released this week show the real boom in the market has been in four-cylinder cars valued at less than $25,000.

Known as the light car segment, sales in the division are up 22.7 per cent for the year to date on last year, while the large car segment is down the same figure. Last month light cars were up by 31.4 per cent on August last year.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Peter Sturrock says this trend has increased over the past couple of years, with a recent acceleration put down to high petrol prices.


HyGenius F600 is a compact-class car with a family-friendly design powered by a zero-emission fuel-cell drive, which consumes the equivalent of 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (81.mpg) and has an operating range in excess of 400 kilometres (248 mi).

While American's complain about high fuel prices, Europe embraces fuel efficiency. Photo: Renault Scenic.

There's a big battle shaping up as manufacturers roll out cheap cars for the masses. Toyota Yaris pictured below.


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