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6th June, 2010

Sales of new cars and trucks in Australia are set to exceed one million for the financial year to 30th June 30, according to market leader Toyota. The company's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner made the prediction, last week, when commenting on the latest sales figures.

Mr Buttner said official VFacts data showed the May market of almost 90,000 new vehicles had lifted the total for the 11 months of the financial year to 904,551. He said total market sales of 95,449 in June would enable the industry to return to one million sales in the financial year.

"Toyota expects prevailing economic conditions, the halt on interest-rate increases and the end-of-financial-year deals to lift the 12-month total over one million," Mr Buttner said. "A further reason for confidence is that June totals in each of the past three years have exceeded 100,000 sales - even in the face of economic turmoil - and have been above 96,000 every year since 2004. Regarding the full calendar year, the industry is also on track for one million sales; however, the potential impact of economic conditions, movements in interest rates and the impending Federal and Victorian elections remains unclear."

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So far in 2010, Toyota dealers have sold 86,213 vehicles - more than 31,000 ahead of its nearest rival. The latest figures show that Toyota was market leader in May with 17,832 sales, accounting for one out of every five vehicles sold in Australia. The company's May total was more than 56 per cent higher than any other car company - a margin in excess of 6,400 deliveries.

Eight Toyota vehicles were the best-sellers in their segments last month - Camry, RAV4, Prado, LandCruiser 200 Series, HiLux 4x2, HiLux 4x4, HiAce van and HiAce bus.

Combined HiLux sales of 3,665 made it the national number two seller while Prado (1,575) was the nation's best-selling SUV.


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