Australia is going against the global trend with new car sales on the rise, Toyota chief John Conomos said, according to a report in the Gold Coast Bulletin. Conomos, vice-president of Toyota Australia, said Australia was poised to break last year's record of 824,000 new cars sales with a likely target of 850,000 in 2003. New car sales rose 6.6% in 2002 while sales are up 3.3% so far this year.