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.