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New Zealand June 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander on podium

July 15th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Highlander New Zealand June 2015. Picture courtesy autoclique.co.nzSnow-season rentals pushes the Toyota Highlander up to #3 overall…

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As the snow season is reaching its peak in New Zealand, new light vehicle sales are up 4% year-on-year to 13.030 registrations, only the fifth time the 13.000 unit-milestone is passed in June. For once passenger cars (9.021) fare much better than commercial vehicles (4.008) at +6% vs. +0.1%. Sales to rental companies are up 18% to 1.690 from 1.437 a year ago, as fleets stocked up on snow-season vehicles. So far in 2015 rentals are up 44% to 5.454 units, from 3.800 for the same period in 2014. The overall market is up 6% to 65.574 units. Toyota has a bumper month at 22.6% share vs. 17.6% year-to-date while Holden (10.5%) and Ford (9.8%) match their year-to-date market shares, Mitsubishi is up 3 spots on May to #4, above Mazda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen.

Toyota RAV4 New Zealand June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…while the Toyota RAV4 is up to #2.

The Ford Ranger confirms it is New Zealand’s new favourite vehicle with 728 sales and 5.6%, but this month’s ranking is totally influencd by snow-season rental vehicles: the Toyota RAV4 jumps up 12 spots on May to 2nd place overall with 613 sales and 4.7% share (70% of which are sales to rental companies) vs. 2.7% year-to-date while the Toyota Highlander leaps from outside the May Top 25 directly to third position with 489 units and 3.8% share, 77.5% being rentals and pushing the nameplate to #18 year-to-date at 1.6%. Other great performers in June include the Mitsubishi Outlander up 10 ranks to #9, the Isuzu D-Max up to #13, the Mazda BT-50 is up to #14 and the Toyota Prado is up to #22.

Previous month: New Zealand May 2015: Ford Ranger cements newfound leadership

One year ago: New Zealand June 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot year-to-date

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New Zealand May 2015: Ford Ranger cements newfound leadership

June 9th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ranger New Zealand May 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord Ranger

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The Kiwi new car market pauses its growth in May, just: down 30 units year-on-year to 10.034 registrations but still up 6% year-to-date at 52.623 units. Below Toyota sovereign at 16% share, Holden (11%) reclaims the #2 spot it holds year-to-date off Ford (10.2%) with Mazda (8%), Nissan (7.1%) and Hyundai (6.8%) following. After snapping the year-to-date top spot last month, the Ford Ranger confirms it is the new king of the models sales charts at 511 deliveries (5.1%) in May, now adding up to 2.307 units year-to-date (4.4%) vs. 2.102 for the Toyota Hilux and 1.963 for the Toyota Corolla. The Nissan Navara brilliantly remains on the podium at #3, the Mazda CX-5 and Holden Captiva are both up 4 spots on April to #6 and #7, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 4 to #10, the Mitsubishi ASX up to #15, the Isuzu D-Max up a further two to #16 and the Toyota Camry up to #20.

Previous month: New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

One year ago: New Zealand May 2014: Ford Ranger now #1 year-to-date

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New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

May 11th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ranger New Zealand April 2015. Picture courtesy driven.co.nzFord Ranger

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New Zealand vehicle sales are not slowing down, continuing at their record pace. 6.373 passenger car were registered in April, up 4% year-on-year and the best April figure since 1989, while for commercial vehicles, 2.916 units are up 13% on April 2014 and the best-ever April result. The overall market is up 6% to 9.289 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42.588 units, up 8% on 2014. Toyota remains sovereign in the bands ranking albeit at a slightly lower level this month (15.2%) than year-to-date (16.8%), while Ford (11.6%) overtakes Holden (9%) for 2nd place but stays 3rd year-to-date. Nissan shoots up 3 spots on March to #4 overall, above Mazda, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.

Mazda CX-3 New Zealand April 2015. Picture courtesy driven.co.nzMazda CX-3

It’s a big win in the models ranking for the Ford Ranger, simultaneously taking the lead in April (487 deliveries) and year-to-date (1.797), passing both the Toyota Hilux (1.699) and Corolla (1.653) at once. The Hyundai ix35 jumps 13 ranks on last month to an excellent 7th place, the Holden Captiva is up 6 to #11 and the Mazda CX-3 makes its very first appearance in the Kiwi Top 25 at #24 with 1.1% share for its first full month of sale in the country.

Previous month: New Zealand March 2015: 5 pick-ups in the Top 6 in record market

One year ago: New Zealand April 2014: Ford Ranger threatens Toyota Corolla for YTD #1 spot

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New Zealand March 2015: 5 Pickups in the Top 6 in record market

April 14th, 2015 No comments

Holden Colorado NZ March 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Holden Colorado cracks the NZ podium for the first time this month.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to jump from record to record: up a further 5% year-on-year in March to 11,755 registrations, the best March score since 1984. This is split into 8,075 new passenger cars (best March since 1984) and 3,680 new commercial vehicles (best March since 1982), bringing the first quarter total to 33,299 units, up 8% on 2014. Toyota leads the way again with 1,788 sales and 15.2% share above Holden (9.8%) and Ford (9.3%), replicating the 2015 year-to-date order. Mitsubishi is up two spots to #4 and 8% share, knocking Mazda and Hyundai to #5 and #6 respectively. Mercedes is up 15% so far in 2015, Jeep up 29%, Isuzu up 31%, Foton up 68%, Fiat up 73% and Porsche up 103%.

Mitsubishi Triton NZ March 2015The new models should push Mitsubishi Triton sales even further up this year.

The NZ models ranking has a very particular taste this month: now that the Summer season is well and truly over and rental sales are down to insignificant figures, pickup trucks literally kill the ranking: there are 5 of them in the Top 6, with the Toyota Corolla the only passenger car at #4… The Toyota Hilux is in the lead like in February with 548 sales, but the Ford Ranger – #2 at 514 units – is still #1 year-to-date. Thanks to 346 deliveries, the Holden Colorado breaks into the NZ podium for the first time ever (previous best: #4 reached in June 2014), the Mitsubishi Triton is up 5 ranks on February to #5 and the Nissan Navara is down two to #4. Notice also the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #7 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 12 to #11.

Previous month: New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

One year ago: New Zealand March 2014: Ford Ranger #1, now above Toyota Hilux year-to-date

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New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

March 15th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Hilux New Zealand February 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Hilux

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Another record month for new vehicle sales in New Zealand: February is up 8% year-on-year to an all-time high 9,877 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,544 units, up 10% on 2014. The brands podium returns to its FY2014 order, with Toyota leading the way as usual with 15.7%, above Ford at 9.9% and Holden at 9.8%, while Mazda shines in 4th place and 7.9% share. Now that sales to rental companies are receding as Autumn comes along and the tourist season closes, the Toyota Corolla drops to #3, leaving the way to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger atop the models ranking. The Nissan Navara is up 5 spots on January to #4, the Mazda CX-5 up 10 to #5 and the Toyota Hiace up 18 to #6.

Previous month: New Zealand January 2015: Rental-boosted Toyota Corolla and Holden Commodore lead

One year ago: New Zealand February 2014: Toyota Hilux in charge, Holden Captiva #4

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New Zealand: 1973-2014 Historical Data now available

February 27th, 2015 No comments

Holden Kingswood New Zealand 1973. Picture courtesy oldholden.comThe Holden Kingswood was #1 in New Zealand in 1973.

I can now share with you Historical Data for New Zealand spanning 40 years. Similarly to neighbour Australia, we witness over the period the complete dominance of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon slowly but slowly being eroded to benefit the Toyota Corolla, however the Japanese model managed to take the lead of Kiwi sales a long time before it did in Australia – 27 years to be exact – in 1984, then reclaiming the lead in 2008 and never looking back.

New Zealand Historical Data:

New Zealand 1973: Holden Kingswood/Belmont hits record heights

New Zealand 1984-1986: Toyota Corolla reigns

New Zealand 1987: Holden Commodore reclaims lead off Toyota Corolla

New Zealand 2000-2003: Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon reign supreme

New Zealand 2004: Commodore, Falcon & Corolla on podium

New Zealand 2005: Commodore leads, Corolla up to #2

New Zealand 2006: Commodore & Corolla only 79 sales apart!

New Zealand 2007: Commodore strengthens lead at 5.9%

New Zealand 2008: Corolla passes Commodore for the first time

New Zealand 2009: Corolla #1 at 6.7%

New Zealand 2010: Toyota Corolla and Hilux dominate

New Zealand 2011: Toyota Corolla #1 ahead of Hilux and Suzuki Swift

New Zealand 2012: Toyota Corolla #1 for 5th consecutive year

New Zealand 2013: Toyota Corolla marks 6 years at #1 in strongest market since 1984

New Zealand 2014: Corolla #1, Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Toyota Hilux as #1 ute

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New Zealand January 2015: Rental-boosted Corolla & Commodore lead

February 10th, 2015 No comments

Holden Commodore New Zealand January 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Holden Commodore is up to #2 in New Zealand in January.

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The Kiwi new car market starts the new year the way it ended the past one: at record levels. January sales are up 11% on a year ago to an all-time record 11,667 registrations, dominated once again by Toyota at 20.6% share above Holden (13%), Ford (8.6%), Hyundai (7%), Mazda (6.9%) and Nissan (6.7%). Being currently the middle of Summer and the height of tourist season, the models sales charts is dominated by rental-boosted models: the Toyota Corolla ranks #1 with 792 sales including 582 (73%) to rental companies, the Holden Commodore is back up to #2 at 445 units (62% to rentals) and the Toyota RAV4 rounds up the podium with 436 deliveries (70% to rentals).

Holden Trax New Zealand January 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFirst Top 25 ranking for the Holden Trax in New Zealand.

In fact, if we remove sales to rental companies the Ford Ranger takes the lead with 417 registrations above the Toyota Hilux at 324. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up to #13, X-Trail up to #14, Mitsubishi ASX up to #18, Ford Kuga up to #20 and the Holden Trax making its very first appearance in the New Zealand Top 25 at #23 with 132 sales and 1.1% share.

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

One year ago: New Zealand January 2014: Fourth consecutive record month!

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New Zealand Full Year 2014: Market up 12% to all-time record heights Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Hilux as #1 ute

January 13th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ranger New Zealand 2014. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord Ranger

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Never before had New Zealand customers bought that many new vehicles: the Kiwi new car market is up a fantastic 12% year-on-year in 2014 to reach an all-time record 127,179 registrations, eclipsing the previous best of 123,247 units reached a full 30 years ago in 1984. Commercial vehicles, namely pickup trucks or “utes” as they are called here, pulled the market up with sales up an even more impressive 19% on the record it established in 2013 to lift it up to 36,662 units.

Toyota Corolla New Zealand 2014The Toyota Corolla celebrates 7 consecutive year as NZ’s #1 thanks to rentals.

Toyota remains the king on board but sees its market share worryingly slip down two percentage points to 19.4% because of sales up just 2% on 2013. Ford (+9%) and Holden (+15%) follow, with Mitsubishi up 25% to bypass Nissan to #6. Notice also Mercedes up 27%, Isuzu up 42%, Ssangyong up 47%, Jeep up 57%, Land Rover up 63% and Fiat up 129%, placing the Punto at a best-ever rental-boosted #15 in December (90% of the nameplate’s sales that month were to rental companies).

Holden Colorado NZ 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Holden Colorado is up 20% to #5 in NZ in 2014.

As far as Chinese manufacturers are concerned, Great Wall steps out of the Top 20 but suffers much less than in Australia at just -7% to 955 sales. Foton is up threefold and 11 spots to #29 and 473 units while LDV is up 9fold to 391 deliveries at #31 but Chery tumbles down 17% to #33.

Fiat Punto New Zealand 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auFiat NZ sales are up 129% in 2014, the largest brand increase in the Top 20.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla celebrates 7 consecutive years in pole position with 6,469 units and 5.3% share, however this crown is solely the works of rental companies: they purchased 3,046 or 47% of all Corollas in New Zealand this year. Instead, the main event is the 2nd place of the Ford Ranger with deliveries up an excellent 29% on 2013 to 6,330 and 5% share. This means the Ranger ends an incredible run of 32 consecutive years when the Toyota Hilux was the country’s #1 ute, and it was even #1 year-to-date up until October when the summer season boosted Corolla rental sales back into #1.

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

The Holden Commodore is back up one spot to #4 thanks to the new generation enjoying its first full year of sales, the Colorado is up 20% and 3 ranks to #5, the Toyota RAV4 keeps its #1 SUV crown despite sales down 6% to #7, the Mazda3 is up 47% to #12, the Toyota Highlander up 146% to #14, the Honda Jazz leaps up to #17 thanks to the new model and the Isuzu D-Max is now inside the annual NZ Top 25.

Previous month: New Zealand November 2014: Market on track for record year

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

Two years ago: New Zealand Full Year 2012: Toyota Corolla #1 for 5th consecutive year

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New Zealand November 2014: Market on track for record year

December 9th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris New Zealand November 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Yaris is #4 in New Zealand for the second straight month.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market is going from strength to strength in 2014: November is the third monthly record in a row at 11,176 registrations, the highest since records began in 1975 (previous best: 10,388 one year ago). Year-to-date sales are now above the FY 2013 figure at 117,758 units, up 13% on 2013. The New Zealand Motor Industry Association now expects total new vehicle registrations to top 125,000 units for 2014, which will be an all-time record with the previous best year being 1984 at 123,247 new vehicles. Toyota over-performs again this month at 21.8% share vs. 18.9% YTD, ahead of Ford and Holden both at 11.8% while Mazda overtakes Hyundai to rank #4. The Toyota Corolla keeps the models ranking lead but isn’t that impressive at 5.4% share given 47% are rentals. The Ford Ranger (5.1%), Toyota Hilux (5%) and Holden Colorado (2.9%) make it 3 pickups in the Top 5 like year-to-date, the Toyota Yaris is boosted by rentals (36% of sales) to rank 4th once again as is the Toyota RAV4 (40%) at #6. The Honda Jazz is up 5 spots on October to #7 and the Holden Cruze is up 6 to #8.

Previous month: New Zealand October 2014: Rentals edge Toyota Corolla past Ford Ranger YTD

One year ago: New Zealand November 2013: Toyota RAV4 back up to 4th place

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New Zealand October 2014: Rentals edge Corolla past Ranger YTD

November 11th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Corolla New Zealand October 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Corolla

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The New Zealand new car market continues to evolve at record heights. After delivering the highest July score in 29 years, the highest August tally in 33 years and the strongest September since records began in 1975, October sales are at an all-time high for the 2nd straight month at 12,023 units, up 12% year-on-year and lifting the year-to-date total to 106,582 units, up 13% on 2013. The market should pass the Full Year 2013 total (113,117 units) sometime in November. At this rate, 2014 should simply be the biggest year of new car sales in New Zealand since records began in 1975, with the pervious best being 1984 (123,247 deliveries).

Toyota Highlander New Zealand October 2014. Picture courtesy of automobilemag.comThe Toyota Highlander is up to #8 this month in NZ.

In the models ranking, we witness the same scenario as last year: the Toyota Corolla starting slow and then catching back on lost time thanks to rental sales. It holds a huge 10.5% market share in October thanks to 1,257 sales, 74% of which are to rental car companies. This allows the Corolla to edge past the Ford Ranger in the YTD ranking at 5,092 units vs. 5,061 and almost certainly this means the Corolla will secure a 7th consecutive year atop the New Zealand sales charts in 2014. The Toyota Yaris also benefits from rentals at #4 vs. #11 year-to-date, while other great performers this month in New Zealand include the Toyota RAV4 up to #7 vs. #12 YTD, the Toyota Highlander up to #8 vs. #16, Ford Focus up to #11 vs. #19 and the Honda Jazz at #12 vs. #18.

Previous month: New Zealand September 2014: Toyota Corolla back on top in biggest September ever

One year ago: New Zealand October 2013: Toyota Corolla leads record market

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