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In Australian slang (particularly in Victoria), a Toorak tractor, Toorak taxi or Toorak truck are pejorative names for a 4WD (SUV) vehicle. The reference to the wealthy Melbourne suburb of Toorak alludes to the ownership and use of such vehicles as status symbols, rather than for their designed off-road abilities. "Tractor" refers to the general lack of manoeuvrability of these vehicles and their owners' perceived willingness to ride roughshod over other road users. Australian English is the form of the English language used in Australia. ... Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ... A word or phrase is pejorative if it implies contempt or disapproval. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... A fourth-generation (2006-) Ford Explorer, the best-selling mid-size SUV in the United States A sport utility vehicle, or SUV, is a passenger vehicle which combines the towing capability of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a Most SUVs are designed with a roughly square... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Toorak is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...

Historically, the Toorak Tractor was used at least as early as in the late 1980s, referring to the Range Rover 4WD. In Sydney, they are named "Mosman Tractors" or "Vaucluse Tractors" after affluent suburbs of Sydney, but use of the term is most prevalent in Melbourne. The Land Rover Range Rover is a four-wheel drive / luxury SUV produced by Land Rover, and first introduced in 1970. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... Mosman is a suburb in the Municipality of Mosman on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Vaucluse is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...

Similarly in New Zealand 4-Wheel Drive cars are often referred to as "Remuera Tractors" or "Fendalton Tractor" after affluent suburbs of Auckland and Christchurch respectively. The term implies that the vehicle is never driven off a sealed road and its main significance is as a status symbol. Remuera is a suburban area within Auckland city, in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Fendalton is a suburb of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand. ... The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ...

A 4-Wheel Drive that is pristine and shiny clean is even more likely to attract the epithet.

A United Kingdom version of the term is "Chelsea Tractor", after the well-heeled district of London. The term has been popularised by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London. Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Ken Livingstone Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born June 17, 1945), is an English politician who has been the Mayor of London since the creation of the post in 2000. ...

The use of the term is prevalent amongst two distinct groups: those who are actively involved in the offroad use of Four-Wheel Drives, and the anti-4WD lobby. The one see it as a waste of the vehicles capability, the other as an example of conspicuous consumption and environmental irresponsibility. More still will simply have been on the receiving end of inattentive or dangerous driving. The legitimate reasons for using such a vehicle tend to receive little attention. A 4WD may be used, for example, for safely towing heavy trailers or horse floats. Conspicuous consumption is a term introduced by the American economist Thorstein Veblen, in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Other terms

Depending on the particular demographic area, the following terms relate to the term 'Toorak Tractor':

  • Toorak taxi - referencing parents who use the 4WDs to pick kids up from school.
  • Toorak truck - similar to 'Toorak tractor'.
  • Suburban assult vehicle - more prevalent in the U.S. Referencing the vehicles danger to pedestrians.
  • Truck - used (primarily in Melbourne) to describe 4WDs in general.

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In Australian slang (particularly in Victoria), a Toorak tractor is a pejorative name for a 4WD (SUV) vehicle.
The reference to the wealthiest Melbourne suburb of Toorak alludes to the ownership and use of such vehicles as status symbols, rather than for their designed off-road abilities.
Historically, the Toorak Tractor came to be in the mid 1990s with the Range Rover 4WD.
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