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Japanese cars outsell local ones four to one, writes Paul Pottinger
Australian-made vehicles. Commodore’s traditional rival, the Ford Falcon, slumped to the worst result in its 51-year history.
The one-time No.2 seller plummeted out of the top 10 for the first time.
Ford spokeswoman Sinead McAlary says a major factor in the Falcon’s slump was the temporary absence of an LPG-powered Falcon in the line-up, which will not be rectified until late this year when the Falcon also gets its first ever four-cylinder engine.
‘‘ We have a lot of actions in place on the Falcon that will not only bring back the loyalists but attract new customers as well,’’ she says.
January sales were down 1.7 per cent on the same month in 2010, due in part to the devastating effects of the Queensland floods.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief Andrew McKellar says the slump will continue in the wake of further flooding and Cyclone Yasi, but ‘‘things will pick up in the months ahead as people begin to look for replacement vehicles’’.
Big deal: The Corolla is a worldwide hit — this one is in Mexico City.