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Suzuki posts record sales


Suzuki sold a record number of new cars and commercial vehicles in New Zealand last year.

Suzuki registrations increased by 97 percent compared to an overall increase of 4.7 percent for the total motor vehicle market.

Suzuki automobile sales went from 1332 in 2004 to 2513 in 2005, an all-time high for the brand.

And Suzuki increased its market share from 1.69 percent to 3.2 percent.

Suzuki sales were boosted by the runaway success of the new Swift five-door hatchback, and by the new generation Grand Vitara compact SUV. Both models were introduced during 2005.

Launched in February, the Swift became NZ's top-selling super-mini, despite the fact that supply of vehuicles from Japan couldn't meet the demand.

Last month the Swift was the fifth best selling model overall, and Suzuki ended the month as the sixth top motor vehicle franchise, ahead of Honda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Subaru.

Although December is traditionally a quiet month for car sales, Suzuki bucked the trend by recording its second best month for 2005.

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