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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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%.

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New Zealand September 2015: Ford Ranger sails away

Ford Ranger New Zealand September 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger sails towards a very first #1 annual ranking in New Zealand.

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The New Zealand new car market is unstoppable this year: up another 5% in September to a best-ever 12.473 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 99.685 units, also up 5% on 2014 and still on track to cross the 130.000 annual sales barrier for the first time ever. Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in the country once again despite stable sales to 18.6% share, distancing Ford (+26%), Holden (+4%), Mazda (+25%) and Mitsubishi (+9%). Notice also Hyundai up 16%, Isuzu up 18%, Subaru (+47%) and Fiat (+78%) lodging impressive gains. In the models ranking, the Ford Ranger at 6% share this month is comfortably sailing towards its first ever annual win in New Zealand, leading the year-to-date ranking with 4.967 sales vs. 4.158 for the Toyota Hilux and 4.058 for the Toyota Corolla. Notice also the Holden Commodore back up 14 spots on last month to #4, the Mitsubishi Triton up 42% to #9 and the Mazda CX-3 breaking into the Top 20 for the first time at #19.

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New Zealand August 2015: Now available with Top 263 All-models

Foton Tunland New Zealand August 2015. Picture courtesy driven.co.nzThe Foton Tunland ranks #76 in New Zealand in August.

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For the first time on BSCB and moving forward thanks to one of our readers we can share with you a monthly All-models ranking for New Zealand. Outside the familiar Top 25 into which the Ssangyong Tivoli breaks for the very first time this month (#24), let’s notice the Honda HR-V at #34, Holden Trax at #36, Mazda CX-3 at #46, Great Wall V-Series at #63 (whereas it has all but stopped sales in neighbouring Australia), the Audi Q7 at #70, Foton Tunland at #76, LDV V80 at #79, Jaguar XE at #131, Suzuki Vitara at #134, LDV G10 at #143, Hyundai Tucson at #152,M Mercedes GLE at #167 and Mercedes GLE Coupe at #179. The full ranking is available below by clicking on “More”.

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

Ford Ranger New Zealand August 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger remains the #1 vehicle in New Zealand so far in 2015.

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The New Zealand new car market continues on its record run with sales up another 10% in August to 11.193, lifting the year-to-date total to 87.212 units year-to-date, up 10% on 2014. Passenger cars register their strongest August since 1986 at 7.752 sales, and the market is on track to break the annual 130.000 unit barrier for the first time ever. Toyota is head and shoulders above the competition with sales up 24% to 2.302 and 20.6% share above Ford at 11% (+8%), Holden at 9.1% (-8%) and Mazda at 7.5% (+33%).

The Top 8 best-selling models all frankly outperform the market: the Ford Ranger remains the best-selling vehicle in NZ thanks to sales up 34% to 735 and is followed by the Toyota Corolla (+33%), Hilux (+32%), Holden Colorado (+20%), Toyota RAV4 (+53%), Mazda3 (+58%), Mazda CX-5 (+46%) and Toyota Yaris (+36%). The Toyota Highlander up to #11 vs. #18 YTD makes it six Toyotas in the Top 11, the Nissan Navara is up 73%, the Mitsubishi Triton up 69%, Isuzu D-Max up 87%, the Subaru Outback is up 4 spots on last month to #23 and the Ssangyong Tivioli breaks into the NZ Top 25 for the very first time at #24 and 1.1% share.

Previous month: New Zealand July 2015: Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux fight for #1

One year ago: New Zealand August 2014: Honda Jazz now inside Top 5

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New Zealand July 2015: Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux fight for #1

Ford Ranger New Zealand July 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auBoth the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger (above) will be renewed by end 2015.

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If the New Zealand new car market is only up by a shy 0.6% year-on-year in July to 10.366 registrations, it still delivers the best July score in 30 years, lifting the year-to-date total up 5% to 75.528 units. The detail by segment shows the storm under the calm increase: passenger cars are down 13%, SUVs up a whopping 25% and light commercials down 5%. The Ford Ranger keeps the lead of the models ranking albeit with only a 12-unit advantage over its archenemy the Toyota Hilux at 460 vs. 447. The Toyota Corolla climbs back onto the podium at #3, followed by the Toyota Corolla (+3), Holden Colorado (0) and Toyota RAV4 (-3). The Mazda CX-5 leaps 9 spots on June to rank 6th like in neighbouring Australia, the Honda Jazz is up 12 to #11 and the Holden Commodore is back up 9 ranks to a still very paltry #12.

Previous month: New Zealand June 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander on podium

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New Zealand June 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander on podium

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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