Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Corolla, Hilux Tops at Toyota

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Corolla, Hilux Tops at Toyota

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AUSTRALIAN motorists bought more cars and trucks in October than for the same month last year - the first time in 16 months the industry has seen a year-on-year increase in monthly sales.

Toyota Australia senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner welcomed the October-on-October increase for the industry, saying it pointed to a strong end-of-year selling season.

In October, the industry sold 80,813 new motor vehicles - an increase of 2.2 per cent over the same month last year.

Not since June 2008 have a month's sales been higher than for the corresponding month of the previous year.

"Over the past six months confidence has grown among fleet and private customers, enabling them to return to the market," Mr Buttner said.

"This has been supported by the Federal Government's stimulus package, including specific support for business owners requiring vehicles.

"The general uplift in consumer sentiment plus the investment allowance that takes us through to December 31 should result in a strong end to 2009. …

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