New Zealand August 2016: Ranger #1, Tiguan and HR-V up

vw-tiguan-new-zealand-august-2016-picture-courtesy-driven-co-nzThe all-new VW Tiguan breaks into the NZ Top 20 in August. 

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Another record month for new vehicle sales in New Zealand, up 13% year-on-year in August to 12.677, the best score for the month since 1984. Year-to-date, the Kiwi market is up 7% to a record-breaking 93.381 units. Toyota slips down 1% but remain comfortably in the lead at 18% share, distancing Ford at 11.5% (+19%), Holden at 8.3% (+3%), Mazda at 7.4% (+13%) and Mitsubishi at 6.3% (+36%). Kia (+62%), Suzuki (+41%), Honda (+28%) and Mercedes (+42%) shine. The Ford Ranger consolidates its leadership despite sales down 2% this month (721), but head and shoulders above the Toyota Corolla (535) and Hilux (486) both dropping in the double-digits. The Kia Sportage confirms it is now a NZ blockbuster at #4, the Toyota Yaris soars back up to #5 (+28%) ahead of the Nissan Navara (+48%). First appearances in the Top 25 of the VW Tiguan (#17) and Honda HR-V (#22).

Previous post: New Zealand July 2016: Ford Ranger breaks all-time volume record

One year ago: New Zealand August 2015: Market up 10%, on track for all-time record

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New Zealand July 2016: Ranger breaks all-time monthly volume record

Ford Ranger New Zealand July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord Ranger

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues all guns blazing in July with deliveries up 12% year-on-year to 11.570, pushing the year-to-date total up 6% to an all-time record 80.612 units. Toyota maintains its lead on the brands ranking but grows slower than the market at +9% to 2.024 sales and 17.5% just as Ford surges 49% to 1.550 and 13.4%, leaving Holden (8.5%), Mazda (7.7%) and Nissan (6.2%) in the dust, the latter up a cool 23% though. Further down, Kia spectacularly gains 111% to #8, Isuzu is up 35% to #10, Chinese carmaker LDV is up 111% to #19 and Jaguar is up 167% to #28. Reversely, Volkswagen tanks 20%, BMW is down 19%, Ssangyong down 30%, Fiat down 38% and Porsche down 44%.

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger stuns once again with sales more than doubling year-on-year (+101%) to break the monthly volume record for a commercial vehicle at 925 units – the previous record being held by its archenemy the Toyota Hilux (up just 8% to 486 this month) with 847 sales in June 2014. The Toyota Corolla is back up 5 spots on June and 38% year-on-year to #3 while the Kia Sportage continues to climb the ladder, up 267% to #4 thanks to a new model that has definitely struck a chord with NZ customers. Notice also the Mazda BT-50 up 41% to #11, the Toyota Camry up to #18 and the Holden Cruze up 87% to #19.

Previous month: New Zealand June 2016: Toyota Hilux catches up on Ford Ranger

One year ago: New Zealand July 2015: Market up 10%, on track for all-time record

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New Zealand June 2016: Toyota Hilux catches up on Ford Ranger

Toyota Hilux New Zealand June 2016Toyota Hilux sales are up 69% year-on-year in New Zealand in June.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to gallop at record levels with June volumes up another 5% year-on-year to 13.699 units, the best June score since 1982 and the second highest monthly total ever registered in the history of automobile in the country. Year-to-date sales are up 5% to a record-breaking 69.057 units. 4.513 commercial vehicles found a new office, the highest sales figure ever for this type of vehicles in New Zealand and only the third 4.000+ month in history after June 2014 (4.002) and 2015 (4.009). SUV sales account for a whopping 36% of the market in June, with pickups the next-biggest segment at 25% share. Toyota remains the most popular brand despite sales down 9% to 2.666 and 19.5% share ahead of Ford at 10.8% (+16%), Holden at 9.3% (-7%), Mazda at 7.5% (+13%) and Hyundai at 6.8% (+13%). Kia shoots up 87% to 8th place overall, Suzuki (+20%), Honda (+47%), Isuzu (+25%) and Mercedes (+30%) also impress.

Kia Sportage New Zealand June 2016The Sportage (+185%) helps Kia up 87% in June.

The seven best-selling vehicles in New Zealand in June are either pickups or SUVs, perfectly illustrating the consumer trend at play here as in most of the world. The Ford Ranger holds onto the top spot but at just +15% to 836 sales it is now threatened by the Toyota Hilux, up 69% to 811 units. The Toyota Highlander is up 22 spots on May but down 15% year-on-year to #3 overall, boosted by rental sales for the winter skiing season accounting for 81% of its total this month. It distances the Holden Colorado (-15%), Toyota RAV4 (-35%), Mitsubishi Triton (+40%) and Kia Sportage shooting up 185% to #7 overall thanks to the new model.

Previous month: New Zealand May 2016: Ford Ranger leads, Mustang in Top 25

One year ago: New Zealand June 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander on podium

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New Zealand May 2016: Ford Ranger leads, Mustang in Top 25

Ford Mustang New Zealand May 2016The Ford Mustang roars into the New Zealand 25 best-sellers in May. 

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Nothing can stop the New Zealand new car market, up a further 11% in May to reach its best May score since the Motor Industry Association started collating data in 1975 at 11.180 registrations. The year-to-date total is also evolving at all-time record levels, up 5% on the same period in 2015 to 55.435 units. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country at 15.7% share (+9%) but Ford is catching up fast: up a fantastic 47% to 1.511 sales and 13.5% share vs. 12.2% year-to-date. Holden (-2%) rounds up the podium, followed by Mazda (+7%), Mitsubishi (+16%) and Hyundai (+4%). Nissan slumps 18% at #7 whereas Suzuki is up 28%, Kia up 79%, Mercedes up 22%, Subaru up 34% and Chinese LCV-maker LDV up 130% to #20 overall.

Ford Ranger New Zealand May 2016The Ford Ranger is the uncontested market leader in 2016. 

In the models ranking, the Ford Ranger improves 48% on the previous model a year ago to consolidate its market leadership at 755 sales and 6.8% vs. 573 and 5.1% (+42%) for the Toyota Hilux. Year-to-date, the Ranger is up 36% to 3.164 units vs. 2.453 (+17%) for the Hilux. The Holden Colorado climbs 22% to third place overall in May, distancing the Toyota Corolla (+4%), RAV4 (+32%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+30%). The Kia Sportage holds strong at #8, the Hyundai Tucson is up one spot on April to #8 and the Suzuki Vitara is back inside the Top 20 at #17. But the big surprise this month in New Zealand is the thunderous arrival of the Ford Mustang among the Top 25 best-sellers at #23, it also ranks #15 best-selling passenger car in the country and is, incredibly, Ford’s best-selling passenger car in New Zealand in May, outselling the Fiesta, Focus or any SUV the brand is selling in the country.

Previous month: New Zealand April 2016: Kia Sportage stuns in best April since 1982

One year ago: New Zealand May 2015: Ford Ranger cements newfound leadership

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New Zealand April 2016: Kia Sportage stuns in best April since 1982

Kia Sportage New Zealand April 2016The Kia Sportage ranks 4th overall in New Zealand in April. 

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New Zealand posts its best April volume since 1982 with sales up 7% year-on-year to 9.939 leading to a year-to-date total up 4% to 44.210 registrations. David Crawford, chief executive officer of the Motor Industry Association says: “Healthy regional economies in Auckland and Christchurch combined with continued strong net immigration and competitive pricing drove strong new vehicles registrations. Since January 2012, when comparing growth for the same month a year earlier, the passenger sector has seen growth in 50 out of 52 months and for the commercial sec- tor it has been 46 out of 52 months.” The SUV segments accounts for 36% of vehicle registrations in April and continues to push the market up along with pickup trucks accounting for 22% of sales.

Toyota is the favourite brand in the country once again and follows the market at +7% to 1.516 sales and 15.3% share but Ford is catching up fast at +19% to 1.276 and 12.8%. Holden (-1%), Mazda (+17%) and Nissan (+10%) follow with Mitsubishi (+16%), Kia (+52%), Isuzu (+34%), Mercedes (+40%), Subaru (+43%), Skoda (+48%), Peugeot (+64%) and Land Rover (+58%) all post excellent scores inside the Top 20 brands. Just outside, Chinese LDV is up 192% to a solid 21st place. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the overall lead off the Ford Ranger but is still far behind year-to-date at 1.880 units (+11%) vs. 2.411 (+34%) for the Ranger. Below the Nissan Navara at #3, the Kia Sportage is the surprise winner in the passenger car category, posting an outstanding 4th rank overall with 290 sales (+193%). The Mazda CX-5 (#6), Toyota RAV4 (#8) and Hyundai Tucson (#10) make the SUV category proud. This means the Toyota Corolla (#9) is the only car in the Top 10…

Previous month: New Zealand March 2016: Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton shine

One year ago: New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

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New Zealand March 2016: Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton shine

Mitsubishi Triton Australia May 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auMitsubishi Triton sales are up 61% year-on-year in New Zealand this month.

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Nothing can stop new car sales in New Zealand, up a further 3% in March to 12.110 registrations – the best March on record – lifting the year-to-date total up 3% also to 34.284 units, a new quarterly record. In the brands ranking, Toyota follows the market with volumes up 3% to 15.3% share ahead of Ford up 16% to 10.4% of the market. Mitsubishi surprises everyone by gaining three spots on February to land on the podium at #3 with 1.029 sales and 8.5% share, distancing Mazda (8%) and Holden down a devastating 23% to just 892 sales and 7.4% share. Suzuki (+23%), Kia (+33%), Mercedes (+24%) and BMW (+21%) also post very strong results. The Ford Ranger continues to reign supreme on the models ranking with deliveries up a whopping 29% year-on-year to 661, staying well ahead of its archenemy the Toyota Hilux, up 10% to 601. For the 2nd month running, the Mitsubishi Triton rounds up a podium 100% pickup with sales up 61% to 462 and 3.8% share. Notice also the Suzuki Swift at #4, the Kia Sportage at #11, Hyundai Tucson at #16 and Suzuki Vitara at #17.

Previous post: New Zealand January-February 2016: Ranger and Sportage stun

One year ago: New Zealand March 2015: 5 pick-ups in the Top 6 in record market

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New Zealand January-February 2016: Ranger and Sportage stun

Ford Ranger New Zealand February 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ranger single-handedly takes Ford above archenemy Holden in New Zealand.

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Building on an all-time record year in 2015, the New Zealand new car market continues its forward march with a 2% gain in January to 11.893 registrations supplemented by a 4% increase in February at 10.313 units, lifting the year-to-date total to an all-time high 22.199 after two months, up 3% on the same period in 2015. The main event so far this year in New Zealand is the exceptional strength of Ford: up 44% in January and 30% in February for a 37% gain so far in 2016 at 2.710 sales and 12.2% share, clearly outpacing its archenemy Holden down 14% to 2.138 deliveries and 9.6%. This surge has everything to do with the outstanding success of the Ford Ranger, up 59% in January to 661 sales – beating its main competitor the Toyota Hilux (300) two-to-one – and up 53% to 582 to hold onto its newfound title of best-selling vehicle in New Zealand so far this year with 1.243 units (+56%) vs. just 949 (-13%) for the #2, the Toyota Corolla.

The Kia Sportage surges to 4th place overall in February. 

Toyota remains the brand leader by far with 17.1% share despite sales down 4%. Notice also Kia up 48% to #9 and Subaru up 60% to #12. In other models news, the podium is 100% pickup in February with the Ranger, Hilux and Mitsubishi Triton dominating just as the Kia Sportage leaps from outside the Top 30 in January to 4th place overall thanks to the new generation. The Hyundai Tucson is up 10 spots on January to #12 and the Mazda CX-3 is up to a best-ever 17th spot thanks to 150 units sold.

Previous post: New Zealand Full Year 2015: First #1 title for Ranger, record market

One year ago (Jan): New Zealand January 2015: Rental-boosted Corolla and Commodore lead

One year ago (Feb): New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

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New Zealand Full Year 2015: First #1 title for Ford Ranger, record market

Ford Ranger New Zealand 2015The Ford Ranger snaps up the NZ annual pole position for the very first time.

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The New Zealand new car market is up 5% year-on-year in 2015 to post a second consecutive all-time record year at 134.041 registrations, the first time in history the market eclipses the 130.000 annual sales mark. Passenger cars are up 5% to 94.694 deliveries while commercials gain 7% to an all-time record 39.077 units. The used import trade also lodges an outstanding year with a total of 152.480 used vehicles arriving in the country, the best since 166.466 were sold in 2005. SUVs continue to be the dominant segment in the New Zealand market with an imposing 34% market share at 45.376 registrations this year.

Toyota Corolla New Zealand 2015Toyota is #1 in New Zealand for the 28th straight year, but the Corolla isn’t anymore.

Toyota signs a 28th consecutive year as the most popular manufacturer in New Zealand, even improving its market share to 19.6% thanks to sales up 7% to 26.330. Holden (+4%) overtakes Ford (-2%) to take second place overall with 14.001 units vs. 13.808 while Mazda surges 25% to 10.078 deliveries and 7.5% share. Notice also Nissan up 10% to #7, Kia up 16% to #11, Isuzu up 38% to #12, Mercedes up 15% to #13, Subaru up 24% to #14, Fiat up 41% and Ssangyong, Land Rover and Skoda all up 18%. Mercedes snaps the title of top luxury car brand for the first time, also selling over 2.000 units for the first time at 2.095 vs. 1.952 for BMW and 1.765 for Audi.

Toyota RAV4 New Zealand 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.tw The Toyota RAV4 is up 37% to 5th overall mainly thanks to rentals.

We witness a very momentous event in the models ranking: for the first time ever, a commercial vehicle takes the overall lead as the Ford Ranger gains 8% to reach 6.818 sales and 5.1% share, outselling the Toyota Corolla – market leader for the past seven years in a row – up just 1% to 6.514. The Ranger now represents a whopping 49% of overall Ford sales in New Zealand vs. 45% a year ago. The Toyota Hilux (-3%) rounds up the podium, followed by the Holden Colorado (+22%), Toyota RAV4 (+37%) and Nissan Navara (+25%) all lodging spectacular gains and overtaking the Holden Commodore (-10%). The Mazda CX-5 breaks into the NZ annual Top 10 for the first time at #8, the Toyota Highlander also at #9 (+27%) and the Mitsubishi Triton surges 52% to #14.

Toyota Highlander NZ 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.au55% of its annual total to rental companies: the Toyota Highlander.

Sales to rental companies played a large role in tipping the New Zealand market into a new record year with deliveries up 28.5% to 17.041 units vs. 13.264 a year ago. A look a the best-selling rentals sheds light on some of the overall market evolutions for the year. The Corolla is up 12% and the runaway favourite with rental companies with 3.415 deliveries or no less than 52% of its annual national total… The Toyota RAV4 double its rental sales yoy to hit 1.665 or 47% of its national score while the Toyota Highlander is up 73% to 1.418 units, a whopping 56% of its overall market total. Rental figures show that Holden owes its #2 overall spot in the brand ranking to generous discounts to rental companies with the Captiva (#7), Barina (#8) and Trax (#13) now appearing in the Top 15.

Previous month: New Zealand November 2015: Ford Ranger #1, edges new Hilux out

Previous year: New Zealand Full Year 2014: Market up 12% to all-time record

Two years ago: New Zealand Full Year 2013: Corolla marks 6 years at #1 in strongest market since 1984

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New Zealand November 2015: Ford Ranger #1, edges new Hilux out

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Another all-time record month for the New Zealand market at 11.620 registrations in November, up 4% year-on-year and the highest November score in history. This means the year-to-date total is already the 2nd highest so far at 123.816 units (+5%), above the 123.247 registrations of 1984 and below just last year’s record 127.179. In the brands ranking, Toyota outpaces the market with sales up 7% to 22.5% share vs. 19.5% year-to-date, followed by Holden (-3%), Ford (-5%), Mazda (+21%) and Hyundai (-2%). Nissan impresses in 6th place and +44%, as do Kia (+121%), Ssangyong (+42%) and Fiat (+56%).

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date, edging out the all-new Toyota Hilux by just 7 sales at 690 vs. 683. Both utes are up 22% year-on-year. The Toyota Corolla (+8%) is kicked down to third place above the Toyota Highlander (+80%), Holden Captiva (+47%) and Colorado (-16%). The Mitsubishi Triton (+90%) and Mazda CX-5 (+46%) post strong gains as well.

Previous month: New Zealand October 2015: Rental season pushes Corolla back to #1

One year ago: New Zealand November 2014: Market on track for record year

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New Zealand October 2015: Rental season pushes Corolla back to #1

Toyota Corolla New Zealand October 2015The Toyota Corolla holds 10.5% of the New Zealand market in October.

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New car sales in New Zealand are up 7% year-on-year to deliver the highest October since records began in 1975 at 12.686 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 5% to 112.184 – still well on track to pass the 130.000 annual sales mark for the first time in history, with an option to even push it to 140.000… Summer approaching means rental car companies are starting to stock up and impact greatly on the models ranking. The Toyota Corolla, with the added incentive of a facelift this year, leaps to 10.5% share thanks to 1.334 units – 1.087 of which were sold to rental companies. The Corolla now trails the Ford Ranger by just 135 units year-to-date and should swallow this gap easily before the year ends.

Toyota Highlander NZ 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Highlander

Two additional Toyota nameplates benefitting from the rental season are the Highlander up a tremendous 86% year-on-year to #3 and 3.4% share vs. #15 and 1.8% so far in 2015 and the Yaris up 13 spots on September to #4 and 3% vs. #10 and 1.9% year-to-date. With the Hilux at #5 and the RAV4 at #6, Toyota places no less than five nameplates in the New Zealand Top 6 this month. Notice also the Mazda6 at #17, the Ssangyong Korando at #20 and the Hyundai Tucson at #27. Brand-wise, Toyota unsurprisingly leads the dance at 26.2% share above Holden (10.3%) resisting much better than at home in Australia, Ford (9.6%), Mazda up 66% (8.1%) and Hyundai (5.8%). Mercedes is up 40%, Ssangyong up 60%, Fiat up 43% and Land Rover up 55%.

Previous month: New Zealand September 2015: Ford Ranger sails away

One year ago: New Zealand October 2014: Rentals edge Toyota Corolla past Ford Ranger YTD

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