Petrol still driving force on the Coast

THE ups and occasional downs of petrol prices might be taxing but they're not enough to deter Sunshine Coast vehicle owners.

More than 62% of the region's cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes are powered by petrol.

Queensland Main Roads Department data show 100,014 of the area's 159,600 vehicles are running on petrol.

There are 25,596 diesel vehicles in the district and 1740 combined petrol-LPG engines.

Electric cars are few and far between with just 1495 on our streets.

There are 257 LPG engines, 327 petrol-electric vehicles and 64 with diesel-LPG.

RACQ technical and safety policy executive manager Steve Spalding said although costly at the bowser, petrol engines had two key factors going for them.

"They tend to be cheaper to service over longer-term ownership and they are generally a quieter engine, although modern diesels have certainly become quieter," Mr Spalding said.

He said modern LPG-fuelled cars like Ford's Falcon LPI were changing car aficionado attitudes but Australia's marketplace was stuck in the doldrums.

"The Ford Falcon LPI doesn't behave how people remember those older LPG cars did," Mr Spalding said.

"It is quiet and smooth. It starts quickly and performs strongly.

"It's probably the marketplace that hasn't changed its thinking."



  • Vehicle total: 159,600
  • Petrol: 100,014
  • Diesel: 25,596
  • Petrol-LPG: 1740
  • Electric: 1495
  • Petrol-electric: 327
  • LPG: 257
  • Diesel-LPG: 64

The rest include trailers and electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

* These figures are the number of vehicles by fuel-type 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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