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November new vehicle sales - best in five years

 

Sales of new cars and commercial vehicles continue to bounce back with sales for November the best since 2007, says Motor Trade Association (MTA).

Dominated by Toyota, which sold 1,768 units for a 20 percent share of the market, sales in November maintained the brisk pace evident all year. 8,581 new passenger and commercial vehicle units were sold overall, up 1,253 units (17 percent) on the 7,328 units sold in November 2011. Year to date, total new vehicle sales are up 14,880 units (19 percent).

MTA spokesperson Ian Stronach said: “The market has confounded most observers this year. November is usually a bit quieter after October, which is often boosted by rental deliveries, but it’s held up really well this time. The industry is a little bit excited now as breaking the 100,000 unit mark for the year appears to be a real possibility.”

New car sales, of 6,484 units, were ahead by 840 units (15 percent), compared to the same month last year. Year to date, new car sales are ahead of 2011 by 12,076 units (21 percent).

Sales of 2,097 new commercial vehicles were also ahead, by 413 units (25 percent) compared to November 2011. Year to date, new commercial vehicle sales are ahead of last year by 2,804 units (14 percent).

Top selling passenger car brands:

  • Toyota               1,190 units          18 percent market share
  • Holden               673 units             10 percent market share
  • Hyundai             624 units              9 percent market share

Top selling passenger car models:

  • Toyota Corolla          462 units
  • Holden Captiva         319 units
  • Toyota Yaris              267 units

Top selling commercial vehicle brands:

  • Toyota                578 units       27 percent market share
  • Nissan                253 units       12 percent market share
  • Ford                   231 units        11 percent market share

Top selling commercial vehicle models:

  • Toyota HiLux            350 units
  • Nissan Navara         247 units
  • Toyota HiAce           199 units

At 7,183 units, sales of used imported passenger cars were the strongest they have been all year. They were up by 221units (3 percent) compared to November 2011, and for the year to date are now down by just 2,156 units (3 percent).

Pushed by a 50 percent surge in scooter (below 60cc) sales, on-road motorcycle sales powered away to record sales of 616 units, the best result in 18 months. Sales were up 118 units (24 percent) over November 2011. For the year to date, on-road motorcycle sales are down 580 units (10 percent).

Says Stronach “It’s heartening to see the good news spreading across the other sectors as well; it can only be good when we are seeing stronger sales in on-road motorcycles and used imported cars as well.”

Figures provided by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).


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