Statistics: October

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New light commercial imports shine

 With a total of 29,960 passenger and light commercial vehicle imports for the month of October, the pipeline continues to be strong across all sectors.

Imports of used cars increased by 20.7 per cent compared with the same month last year with 14,866 cars crossing the border last month.

Used light commercial vehicles were down by 5.4 per cent, with 712 units entering NZ, the only glitch in an otherwise strong month for imports. 

New cars were up slightly with 10,473 imports, up 3.5 per cent on the 10,115 that entered in October 2016.

The stand out though were the 3,909 new light commercial vehicles that came in, this was the best month of 2017 and year to date, there have been more vehicles in this segment imported than the whole of 2016. For the full year 2016 there were 29,852 new light commercial’s imported and year to date 2017 this figure sits at 31,259 and is shaping up to be a bumper year for this category.

Year to date, 143,866 used cars and 95,326 new cars have entered the country up 16,832 units and 13.2 per cent for used, and 5,270 units and 5.2 per cent for new passenger vehicles.

In the used car market Japan increased 24.2 per cent on the same month last year, increasing their monthly market share to 94.68 per cent, last month 11,256 were sourced from that country.

Australia, Singapore and the UK were all down on October 2016 with 24.4, 16.5 and 14.1 per cent drops respectively.

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Used commercials close to 2016 total sales

Used commercial vehicles continued to be in demand in October with 1,130 registrations, a 16.2 per cent increase on the same month last year, when 974 units were sold.

Year-to-date a total of 10,823 use commercial vehicles have been registered, up a healthy 23.3 per cent on the same period last year and only 144 short of the total sold for the whole of 2016.

Many regions around the country saw large gains in used imported commercial vehicle registrations last month. Napier was the major standout, more than doubling its total from 10 units in October 2016 to 24 last month, an increase of 140 per cent. Nelson jumped 107 per cent from 14 to 29 units, and Rotorua gained 91.7 per cent with 23 units sold last month compared to 12 last October.

In terms of brands, Toyota remained top with a massive 46.5 per cent of the total market year to date with 5,038 registrations, 3,782 of these were for sales of Hiace vans.

For the month of October Toyota had a market share of 43.1 per cent with Nissan second on 23.5 per cent an rounding out the top three in distant third was Mazda, on 8.7 per cent.

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Contest heats up

Warwick Quinn, the Motor Trade Association’s new CEO.

As New Zealand’s economic fortunes continue to improve, competition for the title of top-selling light commercial vehicle is shaping up.

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Surge in motorbike sales

The registration figures for two-wheelers have responded positively to the longer days and better weather, reports the Motor Trade Association.

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Ranger still strong

Ford’s Ranger is the country’s most popular truck as it once again led its segment in monthly sales during October. (more…)

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Used import sales jump

Used import passenger registrations came in at 11,105 during October. This was more than 8,545 compared to the same month in 2013 and represented a 30 per cent rise in sales.

It was, however, a decrease on September’s total of 11,142 registrations by 37 units, while October’s total brought the year-to-date sales figure to 105,945.


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Used commercials stay steady

There was an 11.6 per cent increase in used commercial vehicles sales last month compared to October 2013 – 701 registrations stacked up against 628. (more…)

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Used imported cars increase

The number of used passenger imports crossing the border last month came in at 12,928. This was the second highest total of the year after 15,858 in May, with October’s total up by 1,725 units compared to the previous month. (more…)

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New commercials set record

The number of new commercial vehicles imported into New Zealand during October made last month the strongest of the year at 3,172. The second-highest month was April on 3,063. (more…)

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October: Top 10 new cars

Toyota was the top marque in October selling 2,395 units – or 27 per cent of the market. It was leveraged on sales of the Corolla on 1,257, Yaris on 438 and RAV4 on 263. (more…)

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October: Top new commercials

Toyota was the top commercial marque last month with its share accounting for 23 per cent of themarket on 707 units. Ford secured second place on 691, or 22 per cent, and Holden came third on 252. (more…)

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