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Old 05-04-2003, 23:16   #1 (permalink)
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Holden also had the top selling car again last month as the
Commodore continued its hold on the top spot with 7,565 retail
deliveries ahead of the Ford Falcon on 5,468.

WRAP - Aust motor sales continue to power along

By Tim Dornin, National Motoring Correspondent
ADELAIDE, May 5 AAP - Vehicle sales in Australia continued to
power along in April, the market marching towards another record
result for 2003.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said today
68,865 new vehicles were retailed last month, 7.8 per cent higher
than the 63,886 sold in the same month last year.
On a year-to-date basis sales were also up seven per cent to
272,883.
The result prompted the FCAI to adjust its full year forecast to
850,000 vehicles, up from 825,000 and well ahead of the record
result from 2002 of 824,309.
Chief executive Peter Sturrock said even the new forecast was
conservative.
"The buoyancy of the Australian motor industry has defied world
events and, to a degree, world trends," Mr Sturrock said.
"Demand is universal and it is being spurred by aggressive new
model launches and by the industry's own confidence in maintaining
a strong forward ordering regime."
Mr Sturrock said the a trend towards locally-manufactured cars
was also pleasing.
"The industry delivered 21,050 locally-manufactured vehicles in
April, 16 per cent mor than for the same month last year and more
than double the overall market rise," he said.
"Locally manufactured vehicle sales for the year are now at
82,434, 11.5 per cent greater than last year's four-month total of
73,926.
Holden was the top selling company in April with 14,109 vehicles
ahead of Toyota on 13,514 and Ford on 9,294.
But over the first four months Toyota continued to lead with
55,967 compared to 54,067 for Holden and 38,173 for Ford.
Holden also had the top selling car again last month as the
Commodore continued its hold on the top spot with 7,565 retail
deliveries ahead of the Ford Falcon on 5,468.
The most popular model in the medium car sector was the Toyota
Camry with 2,688 sales compared to 1,769 for the Mitsubishi
Magna-Verada.
While best selling small car was the Toyota Corolla on 2,449
units, well clear of the Holden Astra on 2,197.
By segment, large cars were the standout performers to the end
of April with demand rising by 12.1 per cent while sales of sports
utility vehicles were also up 6.3 per cent.
AAP
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as i posted on LS1..

hmmm... seems very interesting, especially considering one of the biggest leasing companies leaseplan announced that the BA was for the first time on a 1:1 ratio, if not a little more popular than the VY, and now that private sales of BA have increased dramatically, the fugures don't seem to add up. A person who could really relate to this is my cousin who works at the Holden dealership in Preston, Melbourne, that new sales on the VY have decreased to a point where he and others aren't too sure as to how secure their positions are.

Interesting...
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I agree JEM, even though they are the figures, it doesnt seem right.

I think there are a lot of embarrassed VY owners out there afraid to drive them on the road, coz the ratio between BA to VY is enormous...BA far outweighing VY in numbers. I do 600km's a week for work all around melbourne and the trend is the same, where are the VY's?..

Either that or its just the BA's stand out more on the road...jeez they're good looking!
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and even if Holden sell more, they are discounting, so aren't making the profit per car Ford would be.

7000 holdens * $3000 (a total guess!) profit = $21 million
5000 fords * $6000 (another total guess!!) profit = $30 million
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Hehe if only that was the true profit margin.
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First quarter Ute sales (to end of March):

Falcon Ute deliveries 4,531 units (up 426 on last year)
Falcon Ute's market share = 29.7%
Holden Ute deliveries 3,206 units (386 up)
Holden Ute's market share = 21.0%

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The problem is we can't build enough to keep up with demand and until we can increase production Holden will still probably sell more because they can build heaps more.
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Yeh Ford just cant build enough, plus alot of Potential AU XR owners are waiting for the GT's and yeh i havent seen one in QLD YET!!!!!!!!

But Yeah i think Ford has the best product, but most people look towards value, rather then whats best.

Ofcourse holden has to be doing well, bloody hell they are advertising VY Calais for 42 grand brand new drive away, and the Fairmont Ghia is 50 grand, so yeh i think thats why they still have the upper hand.
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March should see better results as Ford is discounting and with the $1500 free accessories, it should be impossible to ressist. The win on the weekend would obviously influence decisions. If were gonna beat Holden, this is the month to do it.
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