Vehicle sales ‘Down Under’ during 2002 have been audited at a record 824,309 cars and commercials - beating the old mark set in 1998 by 16,640 units, writes Mike Duffy. It was a fitting end to a year which saw exports rise to record numbers, Mitsubishi Motors get a $A1 billion vote of confidence from its Japanese parent and a landmark deal by Holden to ship cars to the United States.