About this Report
This report is the third in the series of our State of the Nation reports and examines the current state of the automotive industry in Australia and the impact Australian drivers have on Automotive Carbon Emissions.
The number of all Australians aged 18+ who drive is gradually increasing, up 14.5% since 1999, or an increase of more than 1.75 million drivers to almost 14 million. Of all the cars currently being driven on Australian roads, the proportion that are "Large" cars have declined from 32% in mid-2003 to 27% in March 2008. The proportion of "Medium" sized cars has also declined from 17% to 14% over the same period. However the proportion of "Small" cars driven has risen from 20% to 22% over the period from mid-2003 to March 2008. Going against the apparent trend towards smaller cars, the proportion of "SUVs" driven has risen from 9% to 14% over the same period.
Other major trends from our Australian automotive data over the last decade have been: Australian made cars like Ford and Holden continue to struggle for market share from 24% Ford to 18% between 1999 and 2008, while Holden has gone from 22% to 20% of all cars driven over the same period. The number of cars per household has gradually increased, going from an average of 1.58 cars per household in 2000 to 1.64 in 2008. The proportion of cars bought "New" rather than "Used" has increased from 32% to 37% between 2000 and 2008.
Our examination of Automotive Carbon Emission takes advantage of Roy Morgan Single Sources detailed knowledge of the types of cars driven by all Australians to produce an estimate of automotive carbon output per person. Detailed investigation of this data shows the following major points: The top 20% of all Automotive carbon emitters among Australian drivers account for almost half (48%) of all automotive carbon emissions. There are more than twice as many Blue Collar workers in this highest automotive carbon emissions group compared to the lowest 20% of automotive carbon emitters. There are several major factors driving the difference between Automotive Carbon Emissions for White collar and Blue collar workers, among the largest of which are attitudinal differences, employment conditions and access to public transport.