As workers still wait for mid-year decision on manufacturing Future Toyota tops nation's car sales list of 2013
A record number of 1.14 million cars in 2013 were bought by the Australians showed the figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) on Monday.
The FCAI mentioned that Toyota Corolla was the top-selling car in 2013 market in Australia, with 43,498 sales recorded nation-wide during the year, followed by the Mazda3 (42,082), Toyota HiLux (39,931), Hyundai i30 (30,582) and Holden Commodore (27,766).
Toyota also earned the title of top selling brand with 18.9 percent of the market. Despite the new figures revealing it to be the country's most popular carmaker, Toyota says it will know by the middle of this year whether it will keep its Australian manufacturing base beyond 2018.
Toyota's head office in Japan will decide this year whether to renew Toyota Australia's contract to make the Camry model for export, including to the Middle East.
Tony Cramb, Director of sales and marketing says if it does not win that bid, it will have to join Holden and Ford and close its Australian manufacturing operations.
Sales of new Holden and Ford vehicles also decreased in 2013, with locally-made cars hit hard, down from a combined total of about 140,000 in 2012 to under 119,000.
The FCAI said the Australian-made Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry and Holden Cruze were all in the top ten list for sales in 2013.
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