Sales manager Rob Degotardi with a new Holden Commodore.
Sales manager Rob Degotardi with a new Holden Commodore. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Australians love their Holdens

ROB Degotardi knows first hand that Rockhampton residents love their Holdens.

The sales manager for Holden at Lawrences Motors yesterday said he was “very happy” with the big number of Holden Commodores sold last year and was very optimistic about 2010 “with the Commodore”.

He wasn’t surprised to hear that the car had made the top of the list for the most popular model for the 14th year in a row, according to annual sales data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

The most popular brand was Toyota, with Holden coming in second and Ford third.

The data shows that 937,328 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in 2009, down 7.4% compared to 2008.

But the year ended strongly with a record number of vehicles sold in the month of December, up 15.9% on 2008.

Mr Degotardi said the Holden Commodore was one of the few cars to be designed, engineered and made in Australia.

“It’s purpose built for Australians, that’s why it would be the best seller,” he said.

“We sell them to every market and there’s a wide range, that’s why it is so popular.”

Chief executive of FCAI Andrew McKellar said the sale number was an exceptional result given there were many challenges and uncertainties thrown at the industry by the global economy in 2009.

TOP 10 MODELS

1 Holden Commodore

2 Toyota Corolla

3 Toyota Hilux (4x4 and 4x2)

4 Mazda3

5 Ford Falcon

6 Hyundai i30

7 Mitsubishi Lancer

8 Toyota Camry

9 Hyundai Getz

10 Toyota Yaris



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