Recently, and in the lead-up to the ACT election, I wrote about the cars that are driven by our current and aspiring political leaders.
This led me to wonder – what about the rest of us?
Before reading on, would you like to hazard a guess at the ACT’s most popular vehicles?
There have been a few articles in the past about the most popular cars in Canberra, but none recently. So I got in touch with the ACT Government team to get the latest stats.
As at 1 July 2016, there were 321,028 vehicles registered.
This includes a whopping 161,730 passenger sedans, 70,051 station wagons, and 25,866 light trucks.
Interestingly, we’re currently hauling 27,830 goods trailers around as well. So you should have no trouble finding someone to help you move after all.
As for our most popular vehicles, let’s count down the Top Ten*.
10. Holden Astra
The Holden team have been in Canberra this week for the national launch of the new Astra, so they’ll be pleased to know there are 3,815 of these handy little hatches already zipping their way around Canberra’s streets. And with the brand new model recently named 2016 European Car of the Year, this number is sure to increase.
9. Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi’s struggles over the past few years are well known, but it’s still a favourite in the ACT. With a history of more than 20 years in Australia, and pitched as ‘for the young and young at heart’, the territory is home to around 4,724 of these.
8. Subaru Forester
Reflecting Canberrans’ infamous love for the outdoors, the Subaru Forester is a popular choice with 4,889 on the road. Most of which are very likely carrying a mountain bike or two on the roof, a dog in the back, and a heap of well-used camping gear scattered throughout.
7. Toyota Hilux
Across Australia, the ute is being tipped as the ‘new family car’, though this is the only one to crack the Top Ten in our region. Favoured by tradies and urban cowboys alike, the Toyota Hilux is on track to become Australia’s top selling car overall in 2016, and there are around 5,302 on our roads.
6. Volkswagon Golf
Take a look around any inner suburban carparks on a Saturday morning and this will come as no surprise to you. A great lifestyle car and widely recognised as a more prestigious option in the hatchback category, the Volkswagen Golf is the car of choice for our reigning Chief Minister, and his is one of 5,662 that are currently registered.
5. Toyota Camry
At the end of 2017, Toyota will be the last manufacturing plant to close its doors in Australia and the Camry will be the last model off the line; literally, the last car ever to be made in Australia. Until then, it remains a solid choice for a mid-size family sedan, and with 8,437 on Canberra’s streets, it takes out fifth position.
My Dad – the very example of a motoring enthusiast – always said that Mazda never made a bad car, and it looks like a lot of Canberrans agree. We’re currently driving around 9,268 of these bad boys, so it powers into the top half of our Top Ten, ahead of many of its competitors.
3. Toyota Corolla
Taking out the third spot for Toyota, and previously reported as sitting right at the top of the list, Toyota’s versatile and resilient little hatch has slipped down. It still holds a strong position though, with 11,680 examples on the streets.
2. Ford Falcon
If you’re a Ford fan, this will bring a little tear to the eye, as the last ever Falcons rolled off the production line in October (and were subsequently sold to raise more than $300K for charity). Never fear though, because with 11,735 of these registered in Canberra, you’ll be spotting them for a while yet.
And – drum roll please – Canberra’s most popular car is …
1. Holden Commodore
Did you pick it? The popularity of the ubiquitous Commodore spans all demographics. The ACT is definitely the place to hear the lion roar, with 12,746 of these babies in all their forms growling through our suburbs.
What do you think? Do any of these results surprise you?
Note: I had to tweak the data provided by the ACT Government to fix some user-entry errors as well as group together different models of the same type. So the numbers are approximate and may be a little off if I missed a few, but shouldn’t be enough to affect the order.