MELBOURNE — Automakers in Australia sold a record 807,669 new vehicles last year, a gain of 11.8% over year-ago, but the road may get a little rougher this year. The industry is predicting sales will drop to 750,000 or less this year as consumers wait for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1, 2000. The new tax regime will cut the price of new vehicles — by about A$1,800 (US$1,125) on an A$30,000 (US$18,750) car — and the industry is telling the government it needs to ...

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