Ja­pan gives our cars the boot

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL POT­TINGER

IN the week Ja­pan broke Aus­tralian hearts at the Asian Cup fi­nal, its car in­dus­try has recorded a re­sound­ing vic­tory over Aus­tralia’s auto mak­ers.

The Soc­ceroos lost only 1-0, but in yes­ter­day’s monthly sales bul­letin, Ja­panese-made cars out­sold lo­cal prod­ucts by al­most four to one 27,516 to 7248.

This is one of the low­est lo­cal re­turns in re­cent years, less than 10 per cent of the 73,824 new ve­hi­cle de­liv­er­ies in Jan­uary.

Aus­tralian con­sumers also con­tinue to much pre­fer Thai (12,256) and Korean (12,035) to lo­cal fare.

The most pop­u­lar model was Toy­ota’s Corolla on 4065

The most pop­u­lar model in Jan­uary was the Toy­ota Corolla on 4065 sales

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