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Used cars up year to date

Registrations of used imported passenger vehicles were slightly down compared to February last year, with sales decreasing by 1.7 per cent or 212 units bringing this month’s total to 12,048.

Year to date, the used imported passenger market is still up 2.3 per cent – or 574 units – compared to the first two months of 2017.

Toyota has retained the top spot with a market share for the month of 23.8 per cent with 2,872 registrations. Nissan sold 1,996 for a 16.6 per cent market share.

The battle for top used car model was close with the Suzuki Swift back in the top spot, but only by 9 units, while the Mazda Axela was second and the Nissan Tiida was third – bumping the Mazda Demio into fourth.

There were 581 Swifts sold during February –  up 5.4 per cent on the same month of last year; Axela registrations totalled 572 units –  an increase of 0.4 per cent, and 514 Tiida sales – a decrease of 4.8 per cent. 

The three models hold 4.7 per cent, 4.8 per cent and 4.2 per cent of the monthly market share respectively.

In terms of regions, Invercargill went from 132 sales in February last year to 184 last month, an increase of 39.4 per cent. Rotorua and Gisborne also did will compared to a year earlier showing increases of 25.9 and 23.2 per cent respectively.

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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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Passenger vehicle sales continue to climb

Sales for used imported passenger vehicles jumped 15.4 per cent in May, with 1932 more units sold than in April, up 14.9 per cent year-on-year.

Nine of the 10 highest-selling makes saw double-digit sales growth, with the exception of Volkswagen, down 12.7 per cent.

Toyota has extended its market share at the top of the table to 25 per cent, with sales up 16.1 per cent compared to May 2016 to 3,604 units.

In second place, Nissan sales increased 13.2 per cent to 2,750 units, a 19 per cent market share, followed by Mazda, up 13.6 per cent for a 14.9 per cent market share.

The top-selling model was once again the Nissan Tiida. The hatchback held steady with 652 sales in May 2017, a 3.3 per cent year-on-year increase for a 4.5 per cent market share. Close behind was the Mazda Axela, with sales up 5.8 per cent to 625 units, a 4.3 per cent market share. The Suzuki Swift came in third, with a 16.6 per cent annual jump in sales to 597 units.

The popularity of used hybrids and EVs continues to rise. Sales for the Toyota Prius were up 90.3 per cent to 352 units, and ranked seventh on the list of top-selling passenger models. The Nissan Leaf also saw a boom in sales, up 181.3 per cent to 135 units.

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Biggest used imports for 13 years

A massive 14,474 imported used cars were sold last month, the third-highest number ever, behind July 2003, with 14,709 sales, and March 2004, which recorded 14,877 sales.

Registrations of imported used cars last month were 19.1 per cent higher than March last year, which had 12,153 sales, and 18.1 per cent ahead of February this year, which had 12,260.

Toyota topped passenger sales yet again, with 3,722 units sold in March, a 27.9 per cent increase on the same time last year, when 2,910 vehicles were sold, and a 22.5 per cent increase on February, which had 2,760 sales. Toyota holds a 25.6 per cent market share of the year to date.

Nissan followed, with 2,543 new registrations, a 13.5 per cent increase in sales compared to March last year, when 2,240 vehicles were sold. The market share holds steady at 17.7 per cent. In third, Mazda recorded a massive 39.6 per cent increase in March sales, up to 2,508 units. 1,796 units were sold in the same period last year.

Hatchbacks continue to be the used vehicle of choice for New Zealand drivers, taking out the top five positions. The highest-selling used car was the Suzuki Swift, with 616 sales in March 2017, up 13.2 per cent on the previous year.

The Mazda Axela came second, with 593 sales, a 21.8 per cent increase. In third was the Nissan Tiida, the number-one selling car of March 2016, with sales falling six per cent to 575 units.

In the hybrid market, sales of the Toyota Prius jumped over 101 per cent to 389 units, making it the sixth-highest selling vehicle in March 2017.

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