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by Matt Brogan

The latest new vehicle sales data shows business sales remain strong and there have been improvements in the small car, sports car and SUV segments.

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 75,333 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in July 2009.
This result is down 10.3 per cent (8,643 vehicles) compared to July last year.

“There is evidence that there has been some flow-on from the very strong June sales result, particularly from buyers accessing the business tax break on new investments,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

“This has been a very successful stimulus measure and small businesses remain eligible for a 50 per cent tax break until the end of the year.

“It’s also important to remember that the tax break remains in place for general businesses at a rate of 10 per cent, which is still a valuable incentive.

“Some brands are reporting that as a result of stronger sales in recent months they have supply constraints on certain models, proving again the success of the Federal Government’s tax incentive.”

Sales of small cars increased 2.7 per cent in July compared to the same month last year, sales of sports cars increased 10.3 per cent, sales in the SUV medium segment were up 2.4 per cent and the SUV luxury segment increased 7.2 per cent.

Year-to-date 530,556 new vehicles have been sold, down 15.3 per cent (96,115) compared to the same period last year.

Toyota continued in the top sales position in July with 16,664 vehicle sales, ahead of Holden with 10,266 and Ford with 7,783.

Source: FCAI




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