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July car sales up


New passenger vehicle sales in New Zealand continued an upward trend in July with an increase of 3.8 per cent over June

New Zealand Transport Authority figures show 4473 new passenger vehicles were registered in July, compared to 4306 units in June, the Motor Industry Association says.

“This shows a modest, continuing trend of increasing new passenger vehicle sales from a major low in April this year,” says Perry Kerr, CEO of the Motor Industry Association.

However, the figure of 1267 commercial vehicles sales in July was down 30 per cent on the previous month.

“However one positive aspect of the new commercial vehicle market is that the July registration total of 1267 units is the third best month this year, so that is relatively encouraging in the longer term that vehicle sales are tracking upwards.”

Toyota, Ford and Holden are the top three marques in both the new car and commercial vehicle sectors.

So far this year Toyota's overall market share of 19.3 per cent compared to Ford with 12.4 per cent and Holden with 9.2 per cent.

The Toyota Corolla continued as the country's best-selling model in 2009 with sales of 2066 units, ahead of the Holden Commodore with 1544 units sold and the Suzuki Swift with 1419 units sold.

July's commercial vehicle numbers includes the first sales from Great Wall Motors (GWM), the first Chinese automaker to start selling their models in New Zealand via local distributor Ateco Automotive NZ. Thirty-five GWM dual-cab utes were sold in July, ranking the brand eighth among the commercial vehicle distributors for the month.

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