Preliminary figures are showing sales of Australian-made cars at record lows in January as Holden gears up to release the last Commodore built here.
3,000 locally-made sedans were sold last month, compared to 10,000 five years ago. Highlighting the effects of the high Australian dollar, import sales for the month were up 10 per cent on January 2012.
Figures cited in Fairfax Media reports include 1600 Holden Commodores and 800 Ford Falcons sold for the first month of the year, both record lows, with all-time-low sales also experienced by locally-made Toyota Camry and Aurion models.
Meanwhile, Holden is preparing to release what is likely to be its last-ever Commodore built in Australia, the VF.
The VF’s release is being promoted through a “scavenger” hunt, reports News Limited, which involves the car’s appearance being pieced together through “101 pieces throughout the streets of every capital city and online”.
The first jigsaw pieces will be released tomorrow at www.buildthecommodore.com.au and the car itself will be released on Sunday.