Commercial vehicle sales hit new high

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Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

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Sales of new commercial vehicles during 2013 are on track to be the highest annual total since records began.

In November 2935 new commercial vehicles were registered, the highest for the month since 1981.

This was 40 per cent higher than November last year, according to Motor Industry Association figures.

The number of new commercial vehicles sold to date was 28 per cent ahead of the same period last year.

MIA chief executive David Crawford said it was the third month in a row commercial vehicle sales had been the highest on record. "If the current strong sales of commercial vehicles continue in December, it is likely we will see the best-ever total annual registrations since the MIA began collecting records."

MIA figures showed new commercial vehicle sales have surpassed 30,000 only once, back in 1982.

Should December sales mimic November, about 31,500 commercial vehicles would have been sold during the year; 1000 ahead of the previous record.

The Toyota Hilux continued to lead sales in November, hauling 20 per cent of market share. More than 4500 Hiluxes have been sold in the year to date.

It was followed by the Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado in November, which picked up 16 per cent and 9 per cent of sales respectively.

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