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NZ new vehicle sales hit a high for August, on track for record year

Tuesday 4th September 2018

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New Zealand new vehicle sales reached a record in August, keeping volumes on track to hit their highest ever level this year.

New vehicle registrations increased 1 percent to 13,200 in August from the same month a year earlier, nudging ahead of the previous record August in 1984 by 43 units, the Motor Industry Association said. Registrations of passenger vehicles and SUVs edged up 0.4 percent to 4,561, while commercial vehicle registrations rose 2.4 percent to 4,561.

Motor vehicle registrations in the first eight months of this year are 1.7 percent ahead of the same period last year at 105,681. That suggests new vehicle sales will surpass last year's total of 160,124 and hit a fifth straight annual record as the economy is buoyed by low interest rates and high migration and tourism arrivals.

Japanese car maker Toyota remained the market leader in August, with a 17 percent market share, followed by Ford on 11 percent and Mazda at 8 percent, the MIA said.

The top-selling model for the month of August was the Ford Ranger with 785 units, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 693 units and the Toyota Corolla with 597 units, 381 of which were rentals.

MIA chief executive David Crawford said higher petrol prices meant smaller vehicles were more in demand.

The SUV Medium segment remained the top segment for the month of August with a 16 percent market share, followed by the Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4x4 with 14 percent of the market, the SUV Compact with 14 percent and small vehicles with 11 percent market, he said.


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