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Used imports unstoppable

The Nissan Tiida was June’s best-selling used import.

Used passenger vehicle sales rose 11.2 per cent in June to 13,339 units when compared to June 2016. Month-on-month sales appear to be easing, however, down 7.6 per cent when compared with May.

Year to date, used imported passenger vehicle registrations are 10.6 per cent ahead of the first six months of 2016, up 7,690 units, an extra 1,281 extra sales each month for 2017.

Toyota continues to reign at the top of the used car table with 24.8 per cent market share for the month with sales of 3,004 units, year to date they command a 25.4 per cent share.

The top-selling used passenger vehicle was once again the Nissan Tiida, with sales up 6.4 per cent to 602 units, followed by the Mazda Axela, up 5.7 per cent to 558 units, and the Suzuki Swift, up 6.3 per cent to 554 units.

Used car sales jumped in the South Island, with annual growth found in Dunedin, up 20 per cent to 438 sales, Timaru, up 56.4 per cent year-on-year to 147 sales, and Oamaru, up 45 per cent to 29 sales. Monthly vehicle sales were also strong in Gisborne, up 34.6 per cent to 70 sales in June, and Whanganui, up 26 per cent to 97 sales.

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Record month for Aussie vehicle sales

The Toyota Hilux was this country’s second best-selling ute of 2015 – for the second year in a row

Australia enjoyed its best-ever monthly motor vehicle sales in June, according to statistical service VFACTS. 

Sales of new motor vehicles hit a record high of 134,171 units, a four per cent increase.

The strong sales figures were led by a boom in SUVs and light commercial vehicles. SUVs were up 11.7 per cent compared to June 2016, and light commercials 12.2 per cent.

However, passenger vehicle sales fell 5.9 per cent compared to June 2016.

The most significant growth in June was in the medium SUV segment, up 32.6 per cent, followed by large SUVs, up 20.8 per cent, and utes, up 16.7 per cent.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said the demand was chiefly driven by the business sector, with sales of passenger cars rising 5.7 per cent, and SUVs and light commercials 16.6 per cent to businesses.

The FCAI also attributed the sales increase to a competitive market, low interest rates and the Australian government’s instant asset write-off provision.

Record-breaking sales in June means year-to-date sales are tracking 0.2 per cent the 2016 rate.

Sales increased across the country except for Western Australia, which declined 5.5 per cent. Victoria led sales growth, up 8.7 per cent, followed by South Australia, up 7.9 per cent, the Northern Territory, up 7.5 per cent, Queensland, up 5.5 per cent, Tasmania, up 5.4 per cent, New South Wales, up 2.1 per cent, and the ACT, up 0.7 per cent.  

Toyota remained the industry leader with an 18.3 per cent market share, followed by Mazda, on 9.3 per cent, Hyundai on 9.1 per cent, and Holden and Mitsubishi, both on 6.9 per cent.

The Toyota Hilux was the top-selling vehicle in the country yet again, with 5,461 sales, followed by the Ford Ranger with 5,051 sales, the Toyota Corolla, with 3,830 sales and the Hyundai Tucson, with 3,741 sales.

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June imports mixed

New vehicle imports rose 16.6 per cent in June

Motor vehicle imports rose 4.9 per cent in June to a total 31,818 units, according to the latest New Zealand Customs motor vehicle statistics.

Month-on-month, used passenger imports fell 6.6 per cent to 15,570 vehicles, but were up 14.2 per cent compared to June last year.

Japanese imports were down 7.2 per cent to 14,589 units, a 93.6 per cent market share. Australian used passenger imports were down eight per cent to 477 units, followed by Singapore, which doubled to 187 units, and Great Britain, down 20.5 per cent to 151 units.

New passenger vehicles, however, increased 16.6 per cent to 11,256 units, a 25.2 per cent increase compared to June 2016. Imports of new vehicles from Japan rose 37.8 per cent month-on-month, followed by Thailand, up 33 per cent to 1,627 units.

German imports were down 16 per cent to 1,220 units, and imports from Korea fell 24 per cent to 1,166 vehicles.

New passenger vehicle imports from Australia recovered slightly from May’s freefall, up 137 per cent to 180 units, but well short of the 444 units imported in April.

Used commercials held steady, up 3.3 per cent to 725 units in May, a year-on-year increase of 29.7 per cent. Japan continues to hold the market, up 4.5 per cent to 647 units, an 89.3 per cent market share.

New commercial vehicle imports were up 30.7 per cent month-on-month to 4,169 units. This is 79.8 per cent higher than in June 2016. Thailand topped the table, with imports up 28.9 per cent to 3,021 units, 72.4 per cent of the market.  

Japanese imports rose 42.4 per cent month-on-month to 571 units, followed by China, which doubled to 224 units.

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One per cent of car sales this year electric

The Nissan Leaf was NZ’s most popular EV in June

New Zealand’s electric fleet grew 8.5 per cent, or 303 units, to 3,834 vehicles in June, according to the Ministry of Transport figures released this week.

This follows an 8.4 per cent increase in May and 5.4 per cent increase in April, meaning the rate of growth is continuing to climb.

The number of EVs on New Zealand roads grew 143 per cent compared to June 2016.

Pure EVs continue to be more popular than plug-in hybrids, accounting for 80.3 per cent of new electric registrations in Q2 of 2017.

Used pure electric vehicles continue to dominate the EV market with 184 units, accounting for 60.7 per cent of new registrations. New pure electric vehicle sales fell 28 per cent to 49 units, or 16 per cent of sales.

When it comes to plug-in hybrids, however, drivers preferred to buy new. New plug-in hybrid registrations almost doubled to 64 units, or 21 per cent of sales, while used plug-in hybrids accounted for just three per cent.

The most popular EV make was once again the Nissan Leaf (used), with 418 sales in Q2 of 2017 for a 55.6 per cent market share. This was followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with 99 sales for a 13 per cent share, and Tesla, with 67 sales.

‘Other’ sales accounted for 14 per cent of the market.

In the regions, Auckland accounted for 51 per cent of new EV sales, followed by Canterbury, on 13 per cent, and Wellington, on 10 per cent. Month-on-month sales in the Bay of Plenty tripled in June to seven per cent of total registrations.

Electric vehicles accounted for one per cent of new registrations in June for the first time. New EVs accounted for 0.7 per cent of new registrations, while used EVs accounted for 1.3 per cent. For used EVs, this is almost four times the proportion of new registrations in June 2016, which sat at 0.46 per cent.

While electric vehicles are increasingly popular amongst private companies up seven per cent to 35.82 per cent, individuals made up the lion’s share of EV sales in Q2, at 59.6 per cent. Sales to ‘other’ owners, typically central, regional and local government, fell 15.4 per cent in Q1 to 4.5 per cent in the current quarter.

Conventional hybrid registrations declined 16.8 per cent to 452 units, with used hybrids accounting for 91 per cent of sales.

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Chinese car sales to hit 29.7 million by 2020

Changan is China’s top-selling domestic car maker

A report forecasts that new passenger car sales in China will reach 29.7 million units by 2020. The forecast by economists at ReportLinker is based on data gathered from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.

New car sales in China totalled 24.4 million in 2016, compared to just 6.9 million in the United States. Comparatively, 4.1 million new passenger vehicles were sold in Japan last year.

While the majority of new Chinese vehicles are manufactured domestically, foreign brands top the sales table. The top-selling car maker last year in China was Volkswagen, with three million sales, followed by Buick, with 1.3 million, Honda, with 1.2 million vehicles, and Changan, with 1.5 million sales.

This prediction means that between 2017 and 2020, new car sales in China will maintain an annualised growth rate of 7.06 per cent. If these sales are met, China is predicted to account for 30 per cent of new market share in 2020.

The continued growth of vehicle uptake in China is due to the rising average income of Chinese households, allowing for more car ownership, and the increasing urbanisation of the population as more Chinese citizens are drawn to larger cities.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, along with other government agencies, also pledged to increase the buying of new energy vehicles, such as EVs and PHEVs, to two million units by 2020.

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EV sales reach new highs

The Leaf is NZ’s most popular EV

The number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the roads swelled 8.4 per cent, or 276 vehicles, to 3,576 in the month of May, according to the latest Ministry of Transport fleet statistics.

The growth of EV/PHEV uptake also continues to increase – in April, the fleet grew 5.7 per cent, and in March, month-on-month growth was 6.9 per cent. Year-on-year, the EV/PHEV fleet rose 156.3 per cent in May.

As a percentage of registrations, EVs reached an all-time high of 1.09 per cent in May, up from 1.01 per cent in April, when it crossed one per cent for the first time. EVs now account for 0.81 per cent of all light vehicle registrations in New Zealand.

Used pure electric vehicles continue to be the most popular EV option, with 161 new vehicles registered in May. This was followed by new pre electric, with 68 new vehicles, new plug-in hybrid, up 37 units, and finally used plug-in hybrid, with 13 new registrations.

Sales of the used Nissan Leaf in the second quarter of 2017 looks set to beat the first-quarter total of 299, with 256 vehicles registered in April and May. This was followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with 45 registrations, and Tesla, with 34 registrations.

Registrations were once again concentrated in Auckland, which had 145 of the 279 new registrations, followed by Canterbury, with 49 registrations, and Wellington with 35 registrations.

Conventional hybrid registrations, which aren’t counted in the 3,756-strong electric fleet, were up again in March following a decline in April, with 452 used and 91 new conventional hybrids registered.  

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Record May for Australian vehicle sales

The Toyota HIlux was Australia’s top-selling vehicle

Vehicle sales in Australia hit a record in May, with all states and the Northern Territory posting an increase.

May sales totalled 102,901, a 6.4 increase on the same month last year, and all market segments increased. Market sales have totalled 465,381 for the year to date, down 0.9 per cent over the corresponding period in 2016, according to the official industry statistical service VFACTS.

SUVs were once again the highest-selling segment, with a 38.5 per cent market share in May, followed by passenger vehicles, on 37.7 per cent, and light commercial, on 20.6 per cent.

Sales grew for all market segments. Passenger vehicles were up 1.6 per cent compared to May 2016. SUV and light commercial sales both increased 9.4 per cent, and heavy commercial vehicles saw the highest increase, up 13.6 per cent.

Within sales by buyer type, business purchases of SUVs nationally rose 14.9 per cent, and light commercial purchases by the government rose 31.7 per cent.

The chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, said that the May market rebound was not unexpected given incoming end of the 2016-2017 financial year.

“Light commercials and SUVs were again strong performing segments, both up by 9.4 per cent on the result of May 2016 but it was also interesting to see small passenger cars as our country’s most popular vehicle category,” Mr Weber said.

Regionally, Victoria was the best-performing state, with sales up 11.3 per cent in May compared to 2016, followed by the Northern Territory, up 8.1 per cent, Queensland, up 5.7 per cent, New South Wales, up 5.1 per cent, South Australia up 3.1 per cent and Tasmania up 2.5 per cent.

Only the Australian Central Territory posted a decline, with sales down 3.0 per cent.

The top-selling vehicle in May was the Toyota Hilux, with 4.154 sales, followed by the Ford Ranger, with 4,069 sales. The Toyota Corolla came third, with 3,160 sales, followed by the Hyundai i30 hatch and the Mazda3.

Toyota led the market with a 19.3 per cent share last month, followed by Mazda on 9.6 per cent, Hyundai, on 8.1 per cent, Ford on 7.4 per cent, and Holden, on 6.7 per cent.

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Record commercial sales help new vehicle numbers

Glynn Tulloch, President of the Motor Industry Association says, “Registration of 13,132 vehicles for the month of May confirms that the growth seen so far this year is sustainable and shows every sign of continuing”. Year to date, the new vehicle sector is 14 per cent (7,809 units) ahead of this time last year with 63,244 vehicles registered compared to 55,435 to the end of May 2016.”

Passenger car and SUV registrations of 8,387 units were up a decent 11.8 per cent (885 units) on May 2016. There were 4,745 commercial vehicle registrations for the month of May, up by a massive 29 per cent (1,067 units) on May 2016. It was not only the strongest month of May on record for the registration of new commercial vehicles, but the strongest month ever since the MIA began collecting vehicle stats in 1975.

Toyota remains the overall market leader with 18 per cent market share (2,370 units), followed by Ford with 11 per cent (1,495 units) and Mazda, Holden, and Mitsubishi all with 8 per cent market share (1,072 / 1,029 / 1,028 units).

Toyota was also the market leader for passenger and SUV registrations with 15 per cent market share (1,245 units) followed by Mazda with 11 per cent (886 units) and Holden with 8% market share (681 units). The top selling passenger and SUV models for the month were the Toyota RAV4 (391 units) followed by the Mazda CX-5 (330 units) and the Kia Sportage (302 units).

In the commercial sector, Toyota was again the market leader with 24 per cent (1,125 units) followed by Ford with 20 per cent (971 units) and Mitsubishi a distant third with 11 per cent market share (501 units).

For the month of May, the Ford Ranger remains at the top of the bestselling vehicle model table with 889 units, closely followed by the Toyota Hilux in second with 819 units, and the Mitsubishi Triton third with 501 units. Year to date the top three selling models are Ford Ranger with 3,800 units followed by the Toyota Hilux with 3,105 units and the Toyota Corolla with 1,827 units.

For the month of May, four of the top five vehicle segments were dominated by SUV’s and utes (Pick Up/Chassis Cab), the SUV medium segment being the most dominant with 18 per cent share (2,305 units) followed by Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4×4 with 16 per cent (2,112 units), then SUV large with 12 per cent (1,568 units), then Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4×2 on 10 per cent (1,347 units), and the fifth being passenger small with 9 per cent and 1,244 units. 

“Low interest rates, strong net immigration, strong New Zealand currency and robust domestic economy continue to underpin the sales of new vehicles,” said Tulloch.

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US car sales mixed in May

General Motors reported a decline in sales for May, down one per cent to 237,364 units. Sales of the GMC Sierra ute fell 8.2 per cent to 16,200 and sales of the GMC Canyon were down 26.3 per cent to 2,477 units.

US sales also dropped one per cent for Fiat Chrysler, down to 193,040 units, with Jeep sales down 15 per cent.

Ford, however, reported an increase in sales, up 2.3 per cent to 240,050 units, with its F-Series ute up 12.8 per cent.

Sales were mixed for the Japanese car makers. Toyota saw a 0.5 per cent drop to 218,248 units, driven by a 17.3 per cent decrease in Toyota and Lexus-branded cars.

But Nissan reported a three per cent sales increase in may to 137,471 units, which the car maker attributed to rising demand for crossovers and SUVs. Sales for Honda grew 0.9 per cent to 148,414 vehicles.

Sales have typically been strong for SUVs on the back of low oil prices and growing economic optimism. In April, however, the segment fell for the first time in 11 months, and remained soft in May.

The Wall Street Journal reports that seasonally-adjusted annual sales in the US ending May 2017 is expected to fall to approximately 16.5 million, well down on the 17.3 million sales in the year ending May 2016.

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NZ car sales bucking the global trend

The Ford Ranger is New Zealand’s best-selling vehicle

When it comes to new car sales, New Zealand appears to be driving down its own path.

According to vehicle type, Kiwis are much more likely to purchase larger new vehicles compared to the global average.

Global sales statistics for the first quarter of 2017 released by Jato Dynamics show that globally, small cars such as hatchbacks and sedans made up nine of the 20 highest-selling models. In New Zealand, there were just four.

Of the top 20 models sold worldwide, there were three utes, four sedans, seven SUVs/crossovers, five hatchbacks and one van.

However, New Zealand’s top 20 contained seven utes, two sedans, nine SUVs/crossovers, two hatchbacks and one van.

When laid side-by-side, New Zealand sales correlates loosely with the top 20 vehicles globally; the Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV-4, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda HR-V all feature.

The top-selling car worldwide was the Ford F-Series ute, with 244,000 sales in the quarter. The model is only sold in the United States, making its top placing even more remarkable.

Second worldwide was the Toyota Corolla, with 215,000 sales, followed by the Nissan X-Trail, with 212,000 sales, and the Volkswagen Golf, with 210,000 sales. The Honda Civic rounded off the top five, with 179,000 sales.

New Zealand’s top-selling car was the Ford Ranger, a smaller version of the American mid-sized F-150 with 2,215 units sold in the first quarter of 2017. The second highest-selling vehicle was the Toyota Hilux, with 1,720 units sold in the first quarter, followed by the Toyota Corolla, with 1,337 sales, the Holden Colorado, with 1,091 sales, and the Kia Sportage, with 968 sales.

When it comes to sedans and hatchbacks, New Zealand prefers to buy second-hand – 15 of the 20 highest-selling used vehicle models in the first quarter were sedans and hatches.

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Record quarter for car retail

A boom in car sales has driven up total retail trade sales statistics, Stats NZ said this morning, and accounted for over half the increase in total retail sales volume for the quarter.

In actual terms, the value of total retail sales topped $21.5 billion for the March 2017 quarter, up 6.7 per cent compared to March 2016.

After adjusting for seasonal effects, the motor-vehicles industry had a record 5.9 per cent increase in the latest quarter.

“Car sales have shown consistent growth over the past year, with higher sales of both new and used vehicles in a buoyant market,” said senior business indicators manager Neil Kelly.

“The demand for cars may reflect New Zealand’s growing population, with net migration remaining at record levels into 2017, and the relatively low cost of new vehicles.”

Total retail sales volume rose 1.5 per cent in the latest quarter, after adjusting for seasonal effects. This follows a 0.9 rise in the December 2016 quarter.

Nine of the 15 industries analysed had a higher sales volume in the latest quarter. Motor vehicles and parts had the highest increase, up 5.9 per cent to $3.22 billion. This was followed by food and beverage services, up 3.5 per cent, and electrical and electronic goods, up 5.3 per cent.

When the effect of price changes is included, the seasonally adjusted value of total retail sales rose 2.6 per cent, or $558 million, for the March 2017 quarter.

11 industries had higher sales values compared to the December 2016 quarter, with motor vehicle and parts heading the increase, up 5.9 per cent, or $179 million, followed by fuel retailing, up 6.5 per cent, or $122 million.

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