Australian new-vehicle deliveries jumped 6.0% year-on-year in February to 85,732 units, as the effects of the Thia flood eased and consumers focused on SUVs. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says taking into account the extra selling day in February, 25 compared with 24 in 2011 – daily sales jumped 58.3, up 1.7%. FCAI CEO Ian Chalmers says the result also is an 11.6% improvement over January. “The love affair between Australians and (SUVs) continues,” ...

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