CANBERRA -- Australia’s new-vehicle sales for 2001 reached 772,681 units, the fourth-largest highest ever -- in spite of international uncertainties. Luxury cars and sports cars were among the sales highlights, with demand for luxury vehicles up 22.9%. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes-Benz division saw a 26% rise in sales to a record 12,042 cars and SUVs. The overall market winner, however, was General Motors Corp.’s Holden Ltd. subsidiary, which saw its best year since 1973. The auto ...

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