CANBERRA – Australia’s new-vehicle sales set a record for the fourth straight year but missed the 1-million mark by less than 12,000 units. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says 2005 sales increased 3.5% to 988,269 units – up from 955,259 units in 2004, taking the market’s growth since 2002 to more than 27%. Passenger-car sales grew 3.2% to 608,804 units, while demand for SUVs climbed 4.2% to 180,292. Light-commercial vehicles rose 2.6% to 167,878. Chamber CEO Peter ...

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