CAR OF CHOICE: Ted Griffiths (centre), pictured with sons Nathan Griffiths and Lenny Griffiths, are among the many Holden Commodore fans in Ipswich.
CAR OF CHOICE: Ted Griffiths (centre), pictured with sons Nathan Griffiths and Lenny Griffiths, are among the many Holden Commodore fans in Ipswich. Kate Czerny

Ipswich is a Holden city

IN THE eternal battle between Ford and Holden, there can be only one winner.

And in Ipswich that winner is Holden, with the great Aussie battler's Commodore the most popular model of car in the region.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads data shows that of the 167,650 vehicles registered in the region, 9123 are Commodores.

Ford, however, is not far behind, with the Falcon taking second place with about 8279 cruising around the region.

Toyota, which is the area's most popular make of car, comes in third place on the model ladder with 5325 HiLuxes calling the region home.

Toyota's LandCruiser is the fourth most popular model with 3697 registered here and its Camry (3596) comes in fifth place.

The Toyota Corolla (3487), Mitsubishi Lancer (3109), Mazda3 (2163), Holden Rodeo (2131) and Nissan Navara (2089) round out the top 10.

RACQ technical and safety policy executive manager Steve Spalding said Ford and Holden might have been slow off the starting grid when it came to matching customer needs but they were producing vehicles that could take on import giant Toyota.

"In terms of their loyal followers ... it really is simply a red or a blue car and there is no second choice," Mr Spalding said.

"They are building top quality vehicles - they're well-featured, they're safe and they're very capable vehicles but unfortunately the market has moved away from large vehicles and that's been happening for some time.

"To some extent Holden and Ford have been slow to respond to that market shift."

Top models

Vehicle total - 167,650

  • COMMODORE - 9123
  • FALCON - 8279
  • HILUX - 5325
  • LANDCRUISER - 3697
  • CAMRY - 3596
  • COROLLA - 3487
  • LANCER - 3109
  • MAZDA3 - 2163
  • RODEO - 2131
  • NAVARA - 2089

These figures are the number of vehicles by model listed on the Qld registration database. They are not an indication of current vehicle sales.

Source: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.


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