Australians bought a record 255,068 new vehicles in the year’s first three months for an 8.7% increase over like-2006, data from industry statistician VFACTS shows. The result was comfortably ahead of the previous first-quarter record of 237,000 units set in 2005 and puts the Australian industry well on track to reach 1 million sales this year for the first time ever. “With 8% growth, we would be well and truly over 1 million,” Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Peter Sturrock ...

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