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Market Insight: End of the line for Aussie-built cars

Run home: Holden has begun rolling out special editions to keep up interest in its doomed Aussie-built Commodore, but overall sales of its locally built large cars should be at a similar level to 2016.

Local car sales just 7.4 per cent of market last year as Toyota, GMH set final run

Market Insight logo20 Jan 2017

- LOCALLY produced cars accounted for only 7.4 per cent of new vehicles sold in Australia last year, marking a new low-point for the auto manufacturing industry which is now winding down with Toyota and Holden finalising their production schedules before shutting their factories in the final quarter.

- In a year in which Ford’s production lines fell silent on October 7 after nine decades, and Holden stopped building its Cruze small car on the same day, statistics from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS reporting service show that just 87,096 Australian-built vehicles – across three manufacturers and nine vehicle lines – were registered.

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