The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin has welcomed the release of new motor vehicle sales figures which, he says, indicate the local car industry has entered the new GST era in a strong position. Senator Minchin said today's VFACTS figures show sales for the period July 1999 to June 2000 (742,300) represent the third best result ever for this period, behind only the boom years of 1997-98 and 1998-99.