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Hilux comes in third

The Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi’s Triton push Toyota’s ute into unfamiliar territory.
Posted on 02 April, 2024
Hilux comes in third

There were 4,043 new commercial vehicles registered last month, which was down by 7.4 per cent from 4,364.

The Ford Ranger topped the models’ ladder with 1,006 units. However, that was a 24.5 per cent drop from 1,332 in March last year.

Mitsubishi’s Triton saw a 125.5 per cent increase from 302 to 681 to claim second place. The Toyota Hilux, pictured, came in third with a 26.7 per cent year-on-year decline to 611 from 833.

The Nissan Navara was next after it notched a 49 per cent jump to 292 from 196. The top five was completed by Ford’s Transit on 127 – up from 99 and by 28.3 per cent.

The blue oval topped March’s marque’s ladder with 1,133, which was down by 21.2 per cent and 1,438 units in the same month of last year.

Toyota was second with 806, Mitsubishi was third on 681, Nissan came fourth with 681 and Isuzuwas fifth on 189 units.

As for used commercial vehicles, 566 were imported last month. That was down by 0.9 per cent from 571 in March 2023.

Toyotas came first and third with the Hiace and Regius on 226 and 34 respectively. Nissan’s NV350 was second on 72. The top three marques were Toyota with 292, Nissan on 116 and Hino with 36.

(A previous verson of this story incorrectly stated Nissan is withdrawing the Navara from the NZ market.)