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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 14th 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 The lion leads the pack POLE POSITION: Holden's Adelaide-built Commodore has been the number one seller for the year. New car sales are on the way up and Holden is leading the charge. Stuart Martin reports on the latest figures REBOUNDING new ve- hicle sales have --- for the first month in more than a year --- exceeded 2008 figures. Last month's new car and truck sale figures from the Federal Chamber of Automo- tive Industries totalled 80,813, up 1708 sales --- a 2.2 per cent increase on October last year. The October total is the first month since June 2008 that there has been an improvement --- all segments except heavy trucks contributed to the im- provement. Holden's Adelaide-built Com- modore remains the number one seller for the year so far with more than 36,000 sedans and wagons sold, but last month ran third to the Toyota Corolla's tally of 3724 --- 269 ahead of the Commodore --- and the HiLux light-commercial's total of 3707. Holden's results included Captiva topping the SUV sales charts for October. Sales and marketing executive director John Elsworth said the Cruze recorded its strongest sales month since it arrived in show- rooms in June. ''We continue to be delighted with the public response to the Cruze --- from a standing start it's now the third best-selling car in small car segment,'' he said. The year-to-date 2009 market of 762,787 vehicles is running behind the same period in 2008 by 11.7 per cent or 101,250 vehicle sales. Federal Chamber of Automo- tive Industries chief executive Andrew McKellar said the mar- ket was boosted by sales activ- ity in private, business and rental buyers. ''The industry is looking to round out the year on a positive note and we expect a further surge in sales as businesses move to take advantage of the successful tax break prior to the end of the year,'' he said. Van sales were up almost 20 per cent last month and Rick Castellan has just bought the top-selling van in the segment, a Toyota HiAce. The 47-year-old director of Castellan Plumbing Services is on his ninth HiAce and the tax rebate sweetened the deal to buy a new one. ''The deals are good at the moment, one of my other old vans died after being run into the ground, and the government tax rebate makes it a bit better financially,'' he said. Mr Castellan said many of his colleagues had also updated vehicles because of the tax rebate. ''One guy I know would normally go to the government auctions and gets a two or three year-old van but he worked it out that he's better off buying the new one with the rebate,'' he said.
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