Used imports take tumble
The number of used passenger vehicles imported into New Zealand during November came to 11,301 – a decrease of 22.8 per cent compared to November 2017.
Despite this drop, November’s total was an increase of 30.4 per cent – or by 2,632 units – on October 2018.
Last month’s result brought the year-to-date total to 130,340, a decrease of 28,106 units – or 17.74 per cent – compared to the same 11-month period in 2017.
There was a significant drop in used car imports from New Zealand’s main supplier Japan in November, with 10,664 units crossing our border. This was a decrease of 22 per cent compared to November 2017.
The figures were also down for all of the other countries that New Zealand imports from. There were 320 used cars imported from Australia, 118 from Singapore and 109 from the UK.
New cars still up year to date
The number of new cars imported into the country last month came to 7,820, which was a decrease of 28.6 per cent on November 2017’s total.
Despite the drop, year to date 108,889 new cars have crossed the border, which is an increase of 2,606 units – or by 2.45 per cent – compared to the same period the year before.
Japan recorded a reasonable number of new imported passenger vehicles in November with 3,271 units. Last month also saw 1,011 new imported vehicles from Thailand, 708 from Korea, 501 units from the UK and 348 from Germany.
Drop in new and used commercials
A total of 2,094 new light-commercial vehicles were imported into New Zealand in November, which was a 26.3 per cent decrease on the same month last year. This brought the year-to-date total to 34,021, which was a slight decrease of 0.23 per cent when compared to the same period last year.
The top three countries of export were Thailand, Japan and Germany with 1,782, 499 and 103 units respectively.
Used light-commercial vehicles were also down when compared to October 2017, with 549 units crossing the border. This was a 15 per cent – or 97-unit – drop.
The number of used light commercials imported into the country year to date now stands at 6,295, which slightly less than the same period last year’s total of 6,925.