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Bumper year for used commercials

November was another positive month for used commercial vehicles, with the sector showing a healthy increase in registrations.

There were 1,165 registrations in November, the second largest month behind March this year, when 1249 units were registered; also an increase on the same month last year, when 1,144 units were sold.

Year-to-date 11,988 used imported commercial vehicles have been registered, this is 22.4 per cent on the same period last year and has now overtaken the total sales in this segment for all of 2016 of 10,967 units, with one month to go.  

Many regions around New Zealand saw gains in used commercial vehicle registrations in November. Out of the main centres, Wellington was the standout, with sales of 48 units in November 2016 to 71 last month, an increase of 47 per cent.

Both Dunedin and Christchurch had steady increases compared to November last year, with 19.7 and 9.5 per cent respectively. Auckland meanwhile fell 12.8 per cent from 603 units in November 2016 to 526 last month.

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Used commercials up 24 per cent YTD

There were 1,094 used commercial vehicles sold during September, a 13.5 per cent increase in registrations on the same month last year.

The year to date total of 9,693 sales in the category is up a healthy 24.2 per cent compared with 2016.

Toyota is again the market leader in the used commercial sales category, selling 526 units this September, up 20.9 per cent on the same month last year. Nissan follows at a distant second, selling 217 units.

Isuzu saw a noticeable increase in sales, jumping up 45.7 per cent to third equal with Mazda, in terms of total market share, to 67 units.

The Toyota Hiace remains the top model for the month of September, with a 32.4 per cent market share. Nissan Caravan sales fell again for the month of September, when compared to the same month last year, down 17.4 per cent to 76 units.

New Plymouth was the standout for the regions, over doubling its used commercial sales from 7 units in September 2016 to 19 this September. Just down the road, Palmerston North also saw a big spike in sales, nearly doubling its sales from 15 units in September last year to 28 units this September.

Dunedin also saw a healthy increase in sales of used commercials, selling 43 units in September, a 87 per cent increase on September 2016’s total of 23.

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Isuzu joins leader board

There were 1,148 used commercial vehicles sold during August, which was a 14.6 per cent increase on the 1,002 units registered in August 2016.

Toyota continues to hold on to its pole position as market leader with 520 registrations, up 7.9 per cent on August last year when 482 units were sold. Nissan followed with 269 registrations up a healthy 26.3 per cent on the same month last year on 213 units, and Isuzu was third with 74 sales, a massive 68.2 per cent increase on August 2016’s sales of 44 units and relegating Mazda into fourth.

Once again, the Toyota Hiace was the top used commercial model.

Year to date, Toyota has a 46.8 per cent share of the market with 4,025 registrations, while Nissan has a 21.5 per cent market share with 1,845 sales and Mazda continues to hold onto third with a 6.8 per cent market share on 589 units.

Toyota Hiace held steady at the top of the commercial vehicle models table with 399 registrations for the month, an increase of 13.7 per cent on August 2016, and a market share of 34.8 per cent. Year to date, there has been 3,048 Hiace sold for an overall market share of 35.4 per cent. Nissan Caravan registrations fell 7.6 per cent from 92 in August last year to 85 last month, while the Mazda Bongo was third despite a 30.9 per cent drop from 68 sales a year ago to 47 in August. Isuzu Forward had a 214.3 per cent increase in sales from seven during August 2016 to 22 last month.

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Used imported commercials steady

The Toyota Hiace was New Zealand’s best-selling used commercial in July

Used imported commercial vehicle sales have eased slightly from last month, down 3.5 per cent to 1,089 vehicles; however they are up a healthy 16.8 per cent compared to July 2016, when 932 units were registered.

Year to date, 7,451 used imported commercial vehicles have been sold, up 27.7 per cent compared to the first seven months of 2016, when 5,837 units were registered.

Toyota dominated the market, with 530 vehicles sold, a 21 per cent increase compared to July last year, taking out a 48.7 per cent market share for the month.

They were followed by Nissan on 233 sales, down 0.4 per cent but claiming a 21.4 per cent market share. Distant third was Mazda with 68 sales in July, a 19.3 per cent increase on the same month last year and a monthly market share of  6.2 per cent.

The Toyota Hiace continued to be the commercial vehicle of choice in July, with year-on-year sales up 29.7 per cent on last July to 419 vehicles, which was 38.5 per cent of the total market share for July in this segment. Sales fell 22.8 per cent for the Nissan Caravan, but it remained in second place with 71 units sold. The Mazda Bongo completed the top three models with sales up 25.5 per cent and 59 vehicles registered.

Numerous regions around the country saw a large increase in sales percentages but with low overall numbers, including Gisborne and Masterton, which were both up 600 per cent to seven sales, from one last year, and Westport, up 200 per cent to three sales.

Among the larger centres, Dunedin had highest sales growth, up 176 per cent, or 30 units, to 47 sales.

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Huge demand for used commericals

Sales of used commercial vehicles have continued their massive increase on last year’s figures, with 1129 units registered during June.

This is a remarkable 30.7 per cent rise on June 2016’s sales figure of 864 units. A total of 6362 used commercials have been sold year to date, compared with 4905 during the first half of 2016 – up 29.7 per cent.

The popularity of the Toyota Hiace continues, with 423 units registered in June, a large rise of 38.7 per cent on the same month last year which had 305 unit sales. The Hiace accounted for 37.5 per cent of the total sales last month.

The Nissan Caravan continues to hold its place in second with 82 sales, a 4.7 decrease on June 2016 when 86 were sold, and it holds 7.3 per cent of the monthly market registrations. It is followed by the Mazda Bongo with 51 sales, up 10.9 per cent on June 2016, and it has a 4.5 per cent market share. As a result, these three models helped their respective brands take the same top three sales positions.

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Demand grows for used comms

There were 1,150 used commercial vehicles sold throughout New Zealand during May, which was a 30.1 per cent increase on the 884 units registered in May 2016.

Toyota held on to its pole position as market leader with 515 registrations, up 19.8 per cent on May last year when 430 were sold. Nissan followed with 269 registrations up a massive 52.8 per cent on the same month last year, and Mazda was third with 70 sales, a 7.7 per cent increase on May 2016.

Year to date, Toyota has a remarkable 46.6 per cent share of the market with 2,439 registrations, while Nissan has a 21.2 per cent market share with 1,107 and Mazda continues to hold onto third with a 7.5 per cent market share of 391 units.

The Toyota Hiace held steady at the top of the commercial vehicle models table with 370 registrations for the month, an increase of 13.1 per cent on May 2016 sales, and a market share of 32.2 per cent. Year to date, there has been 1,807 Hiace’s sold for an overall market of 34.5 per cent. Nissan Caravan registrations were up 61.4 per cent from 70 in May last year to 113 last month, while the Mazda Bongo held on to third with a 21.3 per cent rise from 47 units a year ago to 57 this May. However, the Toyota Regius continues to rise in popularity with a 170 per cent jump in registrations from20 unit sin May last year to 54 last month.

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Used commercial vehicle sales remain high

Used commercial sales rose by 9.9 per cent last month with 908 vehicles sold – up from 826 sold during same time last year. 

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Huge month for used commercials

March saw the highest registrations for used imported commercial vehicles since 2008. Last month 1249 units were sold, a massive 40.2 per cent increase on March 2016, when 891 units were registered.

The Toyota Hiace again dominated the used commercial’s market, with 452 registrations in March, taking a 36 per cent market share. This is a 40 per cent increase on March 2016, when 321 units were sold.

The Nissan Caravan came second, with 106 sales and an eight per cent market share. This is 51 per cent higher than the previous March, which saw 70 sales.

The Mazda Bongo was third yet again, with 75 sales, a 44.2 per cent increase on March last year, when 52 units were sold, The Bongo has a six per cent share of the used commercial market.

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Used commercial imports drop

A total of 362 used commercials crossed the border last month. January’s total dropped by 27 per cent compared to December as the holiday season got into full swing.

Of the 362 commercial vehicles imported, 293 were from Japan. Second place went to India, which exported 46 units in January, followed by the UK on seven.

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