The import company "Volkswagen Group Australia Pty. Ltd.", which is formed in Alexandria, begins its sales operations for Volkswagen, in order to open up the Australian market on its own. The new headquarters, where 60 employees work, opens on March 17. Volkswagen is now the best-selling European brand in Australia. In the face of competition dominated by American and Japanese manufacturers, Volkswagen's Australian subsidiary establishes a model dealership and service network.