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Car sales boom

Toyota's workhorse HiLux ute was the best-seller for the month, clocking up 4230 sales.

There's a two-year waiting list of 60 buyers for the $580,00 Ferrari F458 Italia, and luxury brands BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi also had strong sales months.  But its just not the high end of the car market seeing good times return.   New car sales rose 20 per cent last month compared to last November.

Bargain buys and the Federal Government's small business tax break for new vehicles are driving sales.  Among the star cars last month were the Holden Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Mazda Mazda3 - all with starting prices around $20,000.

Toyota's workhorse HiLux ute was the best-seller for the month, clocking up 4230 sales largely because of the small business incentive package.  More than 85,000 new vehicles hit the road, up 14,000 vehicles compared to November last year.

Many businesses are in a last-minute rush to take advantage of government tax incentives for utes and vans, which ends on December 31. 

"This is an extraordinary result that provides further evidence that the market and the broader Australian economy are showing signs of recovery," Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

"Business sales increased an incredible 35.4 per cent during the month; spurred on by the substantial incentives available until the end of the year," he said.  The off-roader segment was one of the most popular with sales surging 44 per cent.

Top 10 cars - November

1 Toyota HiLux 4230
2 Holden Commodore 3956
3 Toyota Corolla 3309
4 Ford Falcon 2863
5 Mazda3 2548
6 Holden Cruze 2274
7 Mitsubishi Lancer 2023
8 Toyota Camry 2003
9 Hyundai i30 1998
10 Toyota Yaris 1725