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SYDNEYSIDERS love to compare their suburbs, whether in terms of house prices, proximity to the beach, or the number of hats their local restaurants have been awarded. And when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses, nothing is better than a peek over the fence to see what the neighbours are driving.

The Herald's motoring section, Drive, has sifted through the car-ownership statistics to match brands with the suburbs in which they are the most popular. While the richest suburbs still boast the flashest cars, times are changing.

Mosman tops the list for residents with a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Peugeot or Porsche. But Hornsby is the home of the Renault, Baulkham Hills is Subaru central, and Caringbah tops the Lexus list - with 390 of them in its driveways.

And there are a few surprises, such as Brighton-le-Sands, which ranks in the top five suburbs for Rolls-Royce ownership. It has 14 Rollers, just four behind the leader, Point Piper.

"People who share postcodes usually have a great deal in common. They tend to congregate," says David Chalke, the director of the market research company AustraliaSCAN.

"If they are upwardly mobile they need to demonstrate that by the sort of car they drive."

Wollongong's residents have a penchant for Citroens. Chatswood is home to Sydney's biggest Lotus-driving community - still a rare breed, with nine in the suburb.

Mosman is streets ahead of its nearest rivals in the battle for prestige badges - Bondi and the Sydney CBD - where garages are stocked with Jaguars, Audis, Saabs and Jeeps. But Sydney's north-west and south are travelling rapidly down the highway of opportunity, the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on car registrations suggest. Castle Hill edges into the top five for Ferrari ownership with seven Prancing Horses in the suburb's garages. City residents lead the Ferrari count, with 25, Mosman has 15, Potts Point 14 and Hunters Hill 12.

An Artarmon resident, Phill Brook, who has a nightfall blue 2004 Lotus Elise, is not surprised his postcode has a disproportionate share of classic sports cars. "There are quite a few people here whose kids have left home or don't have kids, who are looking for a bit of fun," said Mr Brook, 46. "People might associate the leafy North Shore with Volvos and four-wheel-drives but there are plenty of people who want something a bit more adventurous on the weekend."

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