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Used commercial sales continue to fall

In 2019, 11,281 used commercial vehicles were registered – a 7.3 per cent decrease on 2018’s total. 
Posted on 09 January, 2020
Used commercial sales continue to fall

Sales of used commercial vehicles saw another year of decline as registrations in the sector fell by 7.3 per cent in 2018. 

In total, 11,281 used commercials were registered in 2019, down from the 12,167 units registered in New Zealand in 2018.

Toyota remained on top with 5,050 registrations during 2019 to end the year with a market share of 44.8 per cent. Its Hiace, pictured, claimed the biggest market share of all models with 33.9 per cent thanks to 3,828 registrations in this sector.

Nissan came second on the marques’ ladder with 2,579 units for a market share of 22.9 per cent, while Isuzu finished third with 519 units and 4.6 per cent.

The Nissan Caravan was runner-up in the models’ chart with 706 registrations for a 6.3 per cent share of the overall total, and the marque’s NV200 was third on 596 units to claim a 5.3 per cent slice of the market.

Most regions recorded losses during 2019 compared with 2018. Auckland was hit with an 11.2 per cent fall – from 5,666 registrations in 2018 to 5,031 in 2019. It was followed by Wellington, which showed a decrease of 7.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, Thames and Christchurch enjoyed 10.7 and 8.5 per cent increases in used commercial sales respectively for the 2019 year.

Registrations during December

Used commercial registrations enjoyed a climb to 887 last month when compared to December 2018’s total of 849 registrations.

Toyota was again the market leader in the used commercial sector with 337 units registered in December 2019 and a market share of 38 per cent. Nissan and Fiat followed behind, with 184 and 85 sales respectively

In Auckland the figures climbed 19.3 per cent, with 446 units sold compared to 374 in December 2018, while Wellington had 50 registrations compared to 46 for an 8.7 per cent increase.

Christchurch recorded a 26.1 per cent drop in used commercial sales, falling from 92 in December 2018 to 68 last month.