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Once the top pick for Australian families, sedans are now a dying breed.
It wasn’t too long ago that sedans ruled the roads in Australia. The three-box design has been around for more than 100 years, but its very existence is currently under threat from SUVs and utes.
In 2001, large and medium passenger sedans (and wagons) outsold the emerging SUV segment by more than double. The top-selling cars in Australia that year were the locally built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.
Fast forward to 2021, and the medium and large sedan/wagon segment makes up just over 20,000 sales year to date, compared with more than 334,000 SUVs in the same period. There were just 41 different SUV models on sale back in 2001. Now, there are more than 120.
The allure of a higher ride height, the perception of a larger, more flexible interior and the visual appeal of a vehicle that looks like it can tackle treacherous terrain – even though many of them cannot – are key reasons why SUVs are king and sedans are now niche.