Automotive year 2005: Boom or bust!
Underperformers: Daihatsu's Charade (above), Saab's 9-5 (below, top), Jaguar's X-Type (below, middle) and Proton's Gen.2 (below, bottom) sold slowly in 2005.
WINNERS are grinners but which brands posted the worst results during 2005, the fourth consecutive year of record new-car sales in Australia? With 55 passenger car, light commercial vehicle and truck brands scrabbling for sales of almost one million last year, Australia could be described as over-indulged with the range, and diversity, of models available here. Most - 43 to be exact - were passenger vehicles vying for an ever-decreasing slice of market segment and diminishing piece of the action. ...continued