Corolla call­ing the shots

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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

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