AFTER a bumper year of new models and with Christmas Day just five sleeps away, the Herald Sun's Cars Guide team wondered what Santa would drive.
Now all this presupposes, of course, that the man in the big red suit's loyal reindeer wanted Christmas Eve off.
But when it comes to looking for a big car with the space and the grunt to get Santa and his toys around the world in a night, he has plenty to choose from.
Now, there is one additional consideration which could be critical to Santa's final choice.
Remember the rumour circulated by one of his former elves - all those disaffected people have an axe to grind - that the big man is no good at reversing a trailer or parking in tight spaces.
"Why do you think he always lands on people's roofs," says one elf. "He can't back up to save himself."
All of which means he needs something with the space of a commercial van.
Maybe something like the new Holden Combo, which now looks much less ugly than its predecessor, but it's just not fast enough.
Santa has to visit hundreds of millions of kids around the world, so he'll need to go fast.
A large four-wheel-drive could also do the trick, with something like the new V8 LandCruiser a top contender, or the more powerful Nissan Patrol with plenty of room in the back for toys.
The only problem is that he would spend a lot of time refilling them with petrol and they are still too slow.
That leads us to the great Aussie ute. Both Holden's new VY ute and Ford's new BA ute are capable of the task with reasonable fuel economy and lots of space in the tray for internationally important cargo.
Given the amount of distance Santa needs to cover, we would recommend either the V8 SS ute from Holden or Ford's XR6 Turbo ute.
We hope everyone, no matter what car you are driving, keeps safe over the festive season. Just remember that, unlike Santa, you don't have any reindeer to take you home if you enjoy a tipple.
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