With SUVs leading the way, Australian new-vehicle sales start the year up 4.3% year-over-year to 76,783 in January. Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data shows SUV deliveries last month jumped 29.8% to 22,123 units, although new-car sales edged down 2.2% to 42,555 and light-commercial vehicles saw an 11.1% decline to 10,403. FCAI CEO Ian Chalmers calls the January results encouraging. Last month’s increase was driven by 2,533 private-party purchases of SUVs, a 27.7% ...

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