TOTOP Most popular V8s

1TOYOTA LANDCRUISER WAGON/UTE

16,376 Toyota may claim the green high ground with its Prius family, but it also sells more V8s thanks to its formidable Landcruiser. More than 95 percent are diesel.

2HOLDEN COMMODORE/ UTE/CAPRICE

12,875 Holden flogs more than 1000 V8s a month – about two in five Commodores (and variants) – testament to the fantastic sound and value we’ll miss once they're imported.

3JEEP GRAND J CHEROKEE

1576 Little wonder the top-selling large SUV (just) also fares among the best-selling V8s.

Almost 10 percent of Grand Cherokees are the fiery SRT, with its 344kW 6.4-litre Hemi unit.

4FORD FALCON/ UTE

882 In the last couple of years there has been a rare happy moment for Falcon sales, with healthy V8 models (runout GT, then reborn XR8 with identical drivetrain) making up about 10 percent of sales.

CHRYSLER 300

583 Same 6.4 V8 as the Grand Cherokee, with a little more punch (347kW), but the SRT version of the thoroughly Yankee 300 is up against homegrown V8 heroes from Ford and Holden.

* Source: vehicle manufacturers and VFACTS; figures are for 2014