We­can’t kick goals

Ja­panese cars out­sell lo­cal ones four to one, writes Paul Pottinger

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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.

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