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The Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion struggled in April’s new-car sales as locally built large cars continued their seemingly irreversible downward spiral.

Ford sold just 717 Falcons last month and the 53-year-old nameplate is in danger of falling below the 10,000 mark for 2013 on its current selling rate, which is reflected by a year-on-year decline of 28 per cent.

Toyota’s Aurion managed only 469 units in April, bringing its total for the year so far to 1564 and a 30 per cent drop on April 2012.

Holden VF Commodore

The Holden Commodore has the biggest year-on-year decrease – 39 per cent – after 1515 units were moved last month, though the model is in run-out mode as the company prepares to launch the new Holden VF Commodore (above) in early June.

New imported rivals are on the horizon, however, with a new-generation Honda Accord launching officially next week, and the new Nissan Altima due later this year.

Sales of locally manufactured vehicles are down 26 per cent compared with April 2012 – from 43,905 to 32,573 units.

Holden Cruze 2013

The Holden Cruze had a strong April, however, with 2290 sales cementing its position as the best-selling homegrown car, while Ford will be encouraged by its Territory SUV that found 1260 owners last month that contributed to a four per cent year-on-year growth.

Toyota’s Camry also performed solidly in April with 1617 sales, though the medium car is down 18 per cent year on year.