Tasmanians don’t like the Toyota 86…
As the refreshed Toyota 86 arrives in Australia, some interesting sales figure details have been released by Toyota.
HERE’S THE total number of Toyota 86s sold in Australia:
In 2012 the vehicle was released, and since then sales have dropped. This is entirely normal for a new sportscar, so while the figures don’t suggest it, the 86 has very much been a sales success. Back in 2012 and 2013 it was hard to buy one and waiting lists were months-long. The 2016 figure is year to date.
Yet mere sales success wasn’t the only reason for the 86. Toyota needed a car that made it cool again, and the 86 certainly was that. The car also bucked a trend:
Yes, 41% manual transmission. Fewer and fewer vehicles are even offered in manual, but 86 buyers love their manuals. They also prefer the higher-grade GTS:
And what about transmission type by grade?
Nearly twice as many GT buyers opted for a manual than an auto. Maybe that’s because they were budget-limited, or maybe (like me) they preferred a manual. In the early days the auto GTS didn’t have the rear Torsen LSD which is a drawback on the track.
Moving on, guess what the most popular colour is?
No idea why white wins, but it does. Blue is the least popular, perhaps because Subaru own that colour with the BRZ.
And where do 86 buyers live?
Mostly in NSW and Victoria, as you’d expect. But what happens if we control for population?
We find that the ACT is 86 Central, and despite having some of the finest driving roads in the country, you’re unlikely to find 86 owners in Tasmania. Anyone know why?
We are presently testing the new MY17 Toyota 86 (as per the title shot) and will have a full report up next week.
- Toyota 86 long-term test
- A conversation with Tetsuya Tada, chief designer of the Toyota 86
- Jane Speechley’s long and winding road to her 86
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