Queensland’s massive floods in Australia washed away any chance of a gain in new-vehicle sales in January, but the auto industry’s total volume fell just 1.7% to 73,584 units in the month. Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Andrew McKellar says the 1,280-unit year-on-year drop still was a robust result, providing a good start to 2011. FCAI data shows sales in Queensland, slammed by weeks of the worst flooding in the state’s history, slid 12.8%, or 1,953 units, to 13,300. ...

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