What are Australia's best-selling car brands?

An Australian fleet manager may feel spoilt for choice when it comes to purchasing new cars. The industry is competitive and operates with a great deal of safety - from new driver assist technology to a robust build quality.

If you are looking to buy a new fleet vehicle, there are considerations to understand and choices that need to be made. The first of which will probably be which manufacturer to go for.

Fortunately, it seems to be a good time to make a new vehicle purchase, at least based on the number of people doing just that.

Recent statistics from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that sales figures stayed above the 1.1 million mark for only the third year in history.

Here are the top three car manufacturers for the year 2014:

1. Toyota - The Japanese manufacturer took top spot for another year with a huge 203,501 vehicles heading away from dealerships - thanks to rampant sales across its variety of models. Three cars, the Corolla, Hilux and Camry were some of the best selling last year. However, sales fell for Toyota by 5.2 per cent from the previous year.

2. Holden - Some distance behind with 106,092 cars sold was Australia's own Holden. The manufacturer's sales also fell by 5.3 per cent from the 2013 statistics, though did enough to reach the penultimate spot, with sales of the popular Commodore model driving much of this success.

3. Mazda - The manufacturer proved popular among many Aussies, with models such as the Mazda 3 and CX-5 finding great traction in the market. In what's been a good year for the Japanese brand, it also picked up the award for best customer service - certainly a consideration for a business in terms of fleet maintenance.

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