Australian new-vehicle sales rose 12.1% in August to 82,122 as buyers ignored the country’s political uncertainty from an indecisive general election and voted to keep dealerships busy. Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Andrew McKellar calls the results strong, noting SUVs enjoyed a particularly healthy increase. “The figures show sales to private buyers remain solid (up 20.9%) and there has been a lift in new-car purchases by government fleets (up 21.7%),” he says in a ...

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