THERE are some interesting figures buried in the monthly VFACTS sales report, with 4WDs showing no signs of slowing their growth. While the stats donít split the dual-range wagons from the single-range models, the large- SUV-under-$70K segment (in which the likes of Everest, Trailblazer, MU-X, Prado and Fortuner compete) shows a meagre 1.1 per cent growth to the end of November. Meanwhile, the top-shelf large SUVs in the more-than- $70K-segment (including the Discovery, Range Rover, RR Sport and íBenz GLE-class) has grown by 12.2 per cent this year. As for the Upper-Large- SUV-under-$100K class, itís up by a whopping 23.3 per cent, only thanks to the Land Cruiser 200, which has increased 28.8 per cent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, the 4WD ute class is not showing any signs of a sales slow down. Figures are up 9.8 per cent compared to this time last year.