In a front page article in The Age, Bridie Smith has lamented the collapse of the local car industry, where sales are down over 20%. Australian Car Sales Collapse says the headline in the print version of the The Age.
The reality is hidden deep within the article:
Australians bought a total of 962,521 new vehicles last year, which marked a 2.6 per cent fall on 2005 figures, although 2006 remained the second strongest year on record
Yes, Aussie MADE cars aren’t selling as well as the previous year, but overall, sales figures are outstanding! The local industry is fine – as long as you don’t factor in the total absence of a locally made 4-cylinder car in a market which is buying 4-cylinder cars like crazy.