Car sales across Australia are on track to smash last year’s record by at least 50,000 units, and the official estimate of the 2003 market could prove conservative if the second half of the year finishes on a traditionally high note, writes Mike Duffy. A total of 92,058 cars and commercials were sold in June, eclipsing the previous record month of 89,999 set in June, 1998. This was 13,277 or 16.9% higher than June last year, the result pushing the first half tally to 443,203 vehicles – 36,237 units or 8.9% up on the same six months of 2002.