Do the cars have personality themselves? Doesn't really matter if the acting is wooden, a lot of people will see them for the cars. The only one of this series I have seen is the first one and the final car of the movie was the one everything was leading up to and was a beast.
The first Mad Max movie was an action movie and also meant as a statement of the road carnage experienced by the director in his work as a doctor in accident and emergency. The series flamed out so quickly it has taken 28 years for a sequel. At least it did it with big hair and shoulder pads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YfXvGYexts
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) still screens regular ads of graphic car crashes in this vein. They were very effective at first, but now they up to the "don't smoke pot or your get out of the car and get run over".
There were a string of car movies from Australia after Mad Max, not all of them are well known.
The Chain Reaction (1981)
Smash Palace (1981) from New Zealand, but anything popular is claimed by Australia sooner or later
Goodbye Pork Pie (1981)
A road trip in a mini! Also notable for the bloke hanging out of the car window going "Wankers! Wankers!" to the cops. They can't pull over a mini?
Running on Empty (1982)
Midnite Spares (1983)
Running From the Guns (1987)
The Big Steal (1990)
A coming of age story revolving around cars.
Metal Skin (1994)
Was this a bit before that movie, but it was about cars.
FJ Holden (1977)
The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
Strangely enough one of the photos from Mad Max Fury Road reminded me of the porcupine bug in this movie.
The Man From Hong Kong (1975)
Has some kick-arse chase scenes and a car crash with Uluru in the background. George Lazenby gets set on fire.
Australian cars of the 70s and early 80s were very boxy and beast-like. The Formula 1 race in Australia is the only one that includes a race for the V8 touring cars as part of the event. This is the most famous racetrack in Australia at least to Australians http://www.mount-panorama.com.au/
Cars are still pretty big in Australia, even with Ford announcing they are ceasing to manufacture them in the country. Even to this day people still yell things out car windows and motorists look down on public transport users. The big cities spread out a long way and there is not much to do out in the far suburbs with limited services.