WA dominates car, truck sales growth

WESTERN Australia continues to dominate motor vehicle sales growth among the states, with year-to-date sales to the end of October up more than 10 per cent to 9,591 when compared with the same period in 2005. That compares with the national average of -2.8 per cent, making WA the only state where sales of cars and trucks is in positive territory. Toyota continued to monopolise the top of the sales league ladder, with year-to-date sales hitting 21,177 in WA, a rise of more than 24 per cent on the previous corresponding period. Holden sales, by contrast, were down 4.5 per cent to 14,254. Ford was better at 4.6 per cent growth to 9,366 and Hyundai was up 6.3 per cent to 8,670. Sales of top WA truck brand Isuzu climbed 21.4 per cent to 816 for the year-to-date, while Hino sales jumped 29.6 per cent to 586. At the glamour end of the market, Maserati sales in WA stand at 14 so far in 2006, up from six at the same time last year. Mercedes-Benz is also driving strongly, up 33 per cent to 1,129 vehicles. BMW is up almost 10 per cent to 1,047 and Lexus has gained more than 100 per cent to 289. Alpha Romeo is 27 per cent better at 94 cars and Audi added 45 per cent to 330. Porsche sales were 78, compared with 66, while Aston Martin jumped to 10 from seven.

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