Australians ignored rising interest rates and fuel prices in February, as new-vehicle sales rose 7.4% to a record 89,898 units from prior-year’s 83,740. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says year-to-date deliveries are up 9.3% to a record 172,168 units, putting the industry on course to sell more than 1 million vehicles in 2008 for the second year in a row. “The February sales result is very pleasing for the automotive industry and shows that underlying demand from private ...

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