New car sales figures for 2014 have shown a remarkable move away from smaller cars, with more drivers opting to get behind the wheel of larger people movers, according to the State’s peak motoring body.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries statistics revealed sales of micro and light cars had dropped by as much as 33 percent compared to the same time last year, while large vehicles and people movers up by 15 percent and 25 percent respectively.
RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said considering the soaring costs to run a vehicle in Queensland, the results were surprising.
“It’s quite interesting to see drivers are still putting an emphasis on size of car rather than the economics,” Ms Ritchie said.
“With the cost of fuel continuing to rise, not to mention servicing costs, registration and insurance, it can be very expensive to keep a car on the road.
“But if motorists are serious about tightening their family budget, downsizing to a smaller car makes a huge difference.”
Ms Ritchie said RACQ’s recent annual Vehicle Running Costs Survey found a micro vehicle can cost around $119 per week to run versus a large car which can cost double that.
“There are always a lot of factors to consider when choosing a new car, and ultimately it comes down to personal choice. But drivers who want to reduce their expenses should be seriously considering the overall running costs,” she said.