Australian new-vehicle sales slipped 3.1% in September to 80,938 units from August’s 83,489, reflecting a broader slowdown in the country’s economy. Year-to-date, new-vehicle deliveries rose a scant 0.3% from like-2007 to 784,932 units, VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows. “The September figures provide further evidence that car buyers are cautious about the current economic situation and outlook,” FCAI CEO Andrew McKellar says in a statement. ...

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