Camry is world's best selling sedan, although the M3 is likely to take over and is even more boring apart from its electrc grunt.Sprinkle a little socialism and get all Government department's to buy Holden, Pressure Private pirates to buy Holden. HWT used Mitsubishi and management drove Ford The Age was commodores then RAVS, then came use your own car.My father worked for Rupert at the Adelaide News. They had their own fleet (along with in-house 3 bay fully equipped workshop but I digress) and an all Aussie car buying policy, we grew up in and around XB/XC Falcons, Chrysler by Chryslers, Galants, Holden Gemini etc etc. Made good sense to them, their readership were working class (mainly) men on their way home from work (The News was an afternoon paper) so if you supported local businesses who employed local workers you sold more papers.
Even the top management could aspire to nothing fancier than a Statesman or LTD and neither they should have either. My dad moved to Melbourne to work in another News Corp business and brought his Aussie car with him. After he took early retirement his successor changed the rules and bought a BMW.
Policies like this are what helped to kill the Dunnydore, Falcon and Camry (contender for most boring car ever built). It should have been mandatory for government departments, local councils etc etc to buy Australian. After all the taxes, rates etc paid by the workers in the factories are what keeps government coffers flowing.
untenderedn old fashioned point of view I know and I am sure I will be shouted down by Right Wing Eco Rats and Left Wing folk (who seem to think that anything Australian is to be avoided like the plague lest you turn into a bogan) alike but the system worked back then and with the casualisation of our workforce which has resulted from the mass exit of manufacturing from this country are we really any better off?
While I agree with you about Govt departments should buy local, what happens if there is no local. Which was starting to become the case prior to the closure as the cars they made here were all large sedans and the Cruz.
While loss of govt fleet buying didn't help and they only loss some away from local, it wasn't the driving factor. You can see this in the Commodore and Falcon's resale price, which were very low compared to imported sedan's. So they are being bought new in numbers where resale price wasn't a deciding factor.
Why you don't make it mandatory is because then you are forcing govt money to be spent on untendered which means you may not be getting the best price.
System worked back then for a few reasons. First it made new cars very expensive and you only have to look at the number of new cars sold per capita vs today is nearly half as much. Around 2000's 2nd car prices dived due to rising wages in US$, lower tarriffs and lower price new cars as they moved away from western manufacture.