There were 1,024 used imported commercial vehicles sold last month, a 10.3 per cent increase compared to January 2017, when 928 vehicles were registered.
Toyota topped the ladder on 441 units, a 9.2 per cent increase compared to 404 in the same month last year for a market share of 43.1 per cent.
Nissan came second with 210 units, which was an increase of 6.6 per cent compared to January 2016, resulting in a market share of 20.5 per cent.
Sales of Mazdas decreased by 6 per cent from 83 in January 2016 to 78 last month.
The Toyota Hiace remained the dominant model, with a 33.4 per cent market share and sales of 342 last month. This was nearly 300 ahead of the Mazda Bongo and the Nissan Caravan, who were both in joint second place with sales of 65 units.
Many regions around New Zealand saw gains in used commercial vehicle registrations in January. Out of the main centres, Christchurch was the standout, with dealerships selling 123 units in the month of January – a 39.8 per cent increase from 88 at the same time last year.
Both Whangarei and Dunedin had steady increases compared to January last year, with 47.8 and 37.0 per cent respectively.