Four-wheel drives were being purchased in record numbers, Peter Brewer reported on this day in 1995.
Australia had witnessed its fourth-highest new car and commercial market the previous year.
A return of consumer confidence, stable and relatively low interest rates, strong value-for-money inherent in Australia's traditional "big sixes" and a plethora of fresh models had combined to push the total market to 616,286 sales in 1994.
Toyota had leapt ahead to its fourth consecutive year of overall market leadership. Ford followed, with Holden third and Mitsubishi a distant fourth.
Mazda, Nissan, Hyundai, Honda and Daihatsu followed.
While Ford sold more passenger cars than any other company, Holden's Commodore took the prize for best-selling car of 1994.
One 'remarkable' result was posted by the Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD wagon, which had ballooned in price beyond $45,000 with the rise of the yen, but in December alone far outsold more conventional and affordable cars including the Ford Laser, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Toyota Corolla.