Corolla calling the shots
on sale; the Mazda CX-5 ranked 11th overall narrowly behind the Ford Ranger.
The FCAI predicts 2014 will be another record year, with 1,145,000 sales.
However, Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said new-car sales in 2013 would have been higher if not for changes to Fringe Benefits Tax rules proposed by the former Labor Government.
‘‘The FBT announcement by the former government definitely slowed down business sales; there are many companies still just making their way back to normal purchases,’’ Mr Cramb said.
He said it took the market ‘‘a lot longer’’ than anticipated to recover from the plan that would have quadrupled the tax on company cars.
Toyota was the market leader in Australia for the 11th year in a row in 2013 and, for the first time, the company produced the country’s top-selling car — the Corolla