General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden sold 8,811 vehicles in January of 2013, accounting for a five percent year-over-year increase in sales — according to preliminary sales figures.
The gain, however, was not enough to keep the brand’s second-place position in sales volume in Australia, as Mazda appears to have overtaken the Roaring Lion to take second place behind Toyota in the January sales rivalry. Sales of Mazda vehicles jumped 23 percent in January to 8,912 units, giving the Zoom-Zoom brand a 101 vehicle lead over Holden during the month. Meanwhile, Toyota maintained its first place lead, selling 13,374 in January — a ten percent drop compared to the 14,817 sales in January 2012.
Also of note was the 48 percent climb by Nissan, which sold 7,202 vehicles, while sales of Volkswagen vehicles jumped 57 percent to 3,814 units. Ford also increased sales in January on the back of imported offerings such as the Focus and Fiesta; sales of The Blue Oval’s locally-made Falcon resulted in 779 sales, significantly behind the 1,655 sales of its most direct rival — the Holden Commodore.
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