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In Australian slang (particularly in Victoria), a Toorak tractor is a pejorative name for a Four-wheel drive. The reference to the affluent Melbourne suburb of Toorak alludes to the ownership and use of such vehicles as status symbols, rather for their designed off-road abilities. "Tractor" refers to the perceived lack of maneuverability of these vehicles and their owners' perceived willingness to drive roughshod over other road users.
Similarly in New Zealand 4-Wheel Drive Cars are often referred to as "Remuera Tractors" after an affluent suburb of Auckland. It implies that the vehicle is never driven off a sealed road and its main significance is as a status symbol.
A 4-Wheel Drive that is pristine and shiny clean is even more likely to attract the epithet.
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