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Car marques in the ACT?

nanzan 24 July 2009 32

Does anyone know how to find out the number of different car marques (n.b. not Karl Marx) registered in the ACT?

The ABS has a series on car registrations but it is not specific enough to include all car marques by state/territory.

Would such data be publically listed on an ACT Government web site, perhaps? Is there, in fact, a Territory equivalent/partner to the Federal ABS?


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Primal Primal 12:17 am 26 Jul 09

astrojax said :

is it true that the nissan ‘starion’ was japanesely misnamed by trying to say ‘stallion’, when released as a successor to the ‘colt’? or is this one of those most urbane myths?

You mean Mitsubishi. And in what’s probably the best answer to be had, Snopes says: “undetermined”.

http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/starion.asp

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:06 am 26 Jul 09

ant said :

…I’ve always wanted a Cappuccino, the pictures don’t accurately portray how very tiny they are…

…or how shit they are. 😛

astrojax astrojax 10:33 pm 25 Jul 09

is it true that the nissan ‘starion’ was japanesely misnamed by trying to say ‘stallion’, when released as a successor to the ‘colt’? or is this one of those most urbane myths?

out of interest, why would anyone want to know the number of marques registered in canberra?

ant ant 9:50 pm 25 Jul 09

They stopped making the Brumby because it wasn’t profitable, as australia (and I think NZ) were the only countries buying them in numbers.

They actually are selling a Subaru ute in the US again, a horrible yellow thing with a dual cab making it very long, called a Baja. The tray isn’t big enough to be useful though. And they’re plusher than the brumby ever was.
http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2002/09/27/148173.1-lg.jpg

Granny Granny 7:40 pm 25 Jul 09

It’s actually very cool that you’ve got a communist bike, p1.

: )

p1 p1 3:11 pm 25 Jul 09

The Subaru Brumby was sold in other markets, called the BRAT in the USA.

Technically I guess my bike stopped being a communist when the berlin wall came down.

ant ant 11:13 am 25 Jul 09

Oh no, that is appalling!
everyone else needs to be appalled so here it is:
http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleId=52573

Soem years back, I was amused at the horrible yank cars like the Honda Element and the Scion, and yet now we’re getting the same shockers. I thought we were too clever for that, but no.

Doctor Evil Doctor Evil 9:21 am 25 Jul 09

ant said :

See, that’s interesting. We got the Infinity, briefly, as an overpowered luxo-barge. But elsewhere, it was an expensive performance car. I don’t like the way the Japanese are profiling us! And yet we got the Brumby, we were its only market.

I wish Suzuki would import the Cappuccino. I’d love one but I think their price point is around 10 grand, not 20.

Wait till you see the Nissan Cube, there’s already a couple in Oz.

And there’s actually quite a lot of V35 Skylines around, mostly in Sydney/Melb.

Granny Granny 7:00 am 25 Jul 09

p1 said :

I want to know if my communist motorbike is one of a kind in the ACT.

I can’t believe you have a communist motorbike, p1. I am shocked … shocked! Go to your room!!

ant ant 1:00 am 25 Jul 09

See, that’s interesting. We got the Infinity, briefly, as an overpowered luxo-barge. But elsewhere, it was an expensive performance car. I don’t like the way the Japanese are profiling us! And yet we got the Brumby, we were its only market.

I wish Suzuki would import the Cappuccino. I’d love one but I think their price point is around 10 grand, not 20.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 12:47 am 25 Jul 09

The 2009 GT-R has dropped the Skyline name – it’s just a GT-R now.

Fortunately the Skyline is still alive and well in Japan, and they’re bloody beautiful cars at that (leagues ahead of the land-whale Maxima we get, imo). Sold in America, and hopefully in Australia in the (probably distant) future under the Infiniti brand. There’s a couple of Japanese Skylines around Canberra though, I sometimes see an absolutely gorgeous black one around.

ant ant 11:37 pm 24 Jul 09

Yep. Yer can’t have Rice Burners beating the Falcodores. I’m sure Dick Johnson had a lot to say about that. Their outrage at Moffat and his RX7 was an indication.

Doctor Evil Doctor Evil 11:27 pm 24 Jul 09

caf said :

ant: Nissan imported 100 R32 Skyline GT-Rs in 1991. I believe this was done to let them compete in the Australian Touring Car Championships.

And compete they did, until they started beating the mighty Falcadores, so the rules were quickly changed to get rid of them.

And so began the V8 SuperTaxi era..yawn….

ant ant 9:48 pm 24 Jul 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

You sure it wasn’t a pintara you drove? Identical body (for both sedan and wagon) as the skyline, but used a 2 litre 4 cyl engine instead.

Nope, it was a Skyline! The friend had it for years, such a beige car (it was dark blue, but it was really beige). I think he got it because it would hold lots of hockey players, and beer (for heading to carnivals).

When I first read about Godzilla, I could not believe it was the same Make, and same model name! How nuts. The friend’s Skyline was like a station-wagon version of a 120Y.

caf caf 7:12 pm 24 Jul 09

Soon taken over by Nissan, the Skyline name has continued, but these days as performance oriented cars.

The 2009 GT-R has dropped the Skyline name – it’s just a GT-R now.

cranky cranky 7:05 pm 24 Jul 09

Many years ago, the number of cars of various makes registered in the ACT was published in the CT, probably as an ‘info’ press release from ACT Rego. Not a regular occurence, more like every couple of years.

As expected, made interesting reading.

Skylines have been sold in Australia since the late 60’s. Originally a 4 cylinder from the Prinz (I think) company, they brought out a triple Webered 6 cylinder version (the GT) that flew. Soon taken over by Nissan, the Skyline name has continued, but these days as performance oriented cars.

p1 p1 4:52 pm 24 Jul 09

The Nissan Skyline of ‘86 and ‘87 had the 3 litre straight six that made the VL Commodore such a cult car. They were considered pretty lively for a family car back then.

My grandmother-in-law had one until recently. I thought it was a pretty zippy car for a small old woman.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 3:16 pm 24 Jul 09

Absolutely – the 3 litre skyline was not a ‘performance’ car. The one you drove was possibly fairly old and tired, though, and the fact that the old skylines weren’t heavy cars means that when fully loaded, the occupants and luggage represent a fair proportion of the overall mass.

You sure it wasn’t a pintara you drove? Identical body (for both sedan and wagon) as the skyline, but used a 2 litre 4 cyl engine instead.

ant ant 2:54 pm 24 Jul 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

The Nissan Skyline of ’86 and ’87 had the 3 litre straight six that made the VL Commodore such a cult car. They were considered pretty lively for a family car back then.

The one I drove might have felt sluggish because it contained a full load of large hockey players and beer, but it was a slug, and the handling was downright weird and unpleasant (and my regular driver was a falcon xc ute so I knew weird handling!). Nothing like the monster Skyline.

someoneincanb someoneincanb 1:53 pm 24 Jul 09

My 10yo son has a comprehensive list in his mind, and can categorise the contents however you wish (alphabetically, according to shape or colour of symbol, by maker). However this list would be of those on the road, not necessarily registered. The list has been developed from 2 years of obsessive observation. I can ask about his consulting fees if you are interested.

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