New Zealand November 2017: Hyundai Kona up to #12, annual record broken

The Hyundai Kona delivers a stellar start in New Zealand. 

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Thanks to deliveries up another 6.2% year-on-year to a new November record at 14.594 registrations, the New Zealand car market breaks its annual volume record with one month left in the year at 148.360 units, up 9.3% on the same period in 2016 and eclipsing the previous annual record of 146.753 set just last year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that new car sales in New Zealand break a new annual record, and the second time in a row that the record is broken by end-November. Thanks to extremely robust rental sales once again, Toyota sails off with a 42% year-on-year surge to 22.1% share vs. 19.8% so far this year. Ford is more timid at +4% to 10.6%, whereas Holden drops 6% to 10.2%. Mazda (+13%) and Mitsubishi (+16%) round up the Top 5, both outpacing the market while Hyundai (-16%) and Nissan (-14%) markedly underperform. Land Rover (+24%), LDV (+27%), Foton (+28%), Peugeot (+28%), Subaru (+35%), Jaguar (+45%), Fiat (+64%) and Citroen (+107%) are among the best performers further down.

Over in the models ranking, the Ford Ranger reclaims the lead it holds year-to-date for the first time since last July thanks to sales up 12%, containing the efforts of the Toyota Corolla (+40%) of which 81% of sales have gone to rentals. The Toyota RAV4 (+177%) owes 62% of its September result to rentals while the Toyota Highlander (+324%) is 71% rentals. Notice also the Toyota Hilux up a very robust 28% but down to #3, while great performers also include the Mazda CX-5 (+46%), Mitsubishi Triton (+29%), ASX (+83% and 46% rentals)  and Honda CR-V breaking into the Top 10 thanks to the new generation. But the event of the month is the first appearance in the New Zealand Top 30 of the all-new Hyundai Kona directly up to #12 and the brand’s best-seller here for the months. It outsells such blockbusters as the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson while two other newcomers make it to the November Top 30: the Ford Escape (#25) and Holden Astra (#26).

Previous month: New Zealand October 2017: Rentals boost Toyota sales up 36% to 28.7% share

One year ago: New Zealand November 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps up to #5

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New Zealand October 2017: Rentals boost Toyota up 36% to 28.7% share

The Toyota Highlander is up 126% year-on-year in New Zealand in October. 

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Nothing can stop the New Zealand market this year: sales are up another 5.6% year-on-year in October to 15.550 units, the highest ever score for the month and only the 2nd time monthly sales cross the 15.000 mark after last June (15.985). Passenger cars are up 3% to 11.114 while commercials are up 12.8% to 4.416. Year-to-date, the Kiwi market is up a splendid 9.8% to 133.766 with passenger cars up 6.3% to 90.060 and commercials up a staggering 17.9% to 43.706. Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford says the results point to a record-breaking year for the industry: “The 2017 new vehicle market is expected to easily break through the 150,000 new vehicles mark for the first time.”

Toyota remains the runaway leader with a particularly impressive score this month: up 36% to a mammoth 28.7% market share, or almost three times the next best-seller, to be compared with 19.5% year-to-date. Ford (-6%) and Holden (-28%) struggle on the podium while Mazda edges up 3% in 4th place. Below, Mitsubishi (+27%) and Hyundai (+46%) impress, the latter snapping the 6th rank YTD off Nissan, down 22% this month. In the Top 10, Kia (+28%) and Suzuki (+34%) also post spectacular gains while beyond, Subaru (+46%), Fiat (+37%) and LDV (+42%) are among the best performers.

As is always the case in New Zealand ahead of the summer season, rental sales heavily influence the models ranking. The Toyota Corolla thus holds onto the pole position with sales up 46% to 11.4% share with no less than 90% of its October volume going to rental companies. The Ford Ranger (+11%) is back above the Toyota Hilux (+49%) and remains comfortably in the lead year-to-date at 5.9% share vs. 5.3% for the Hilux and 4.4% for the Corolla. The Toyota RAV4 is up 62% to #4 (63% rentals) while the Kia Sportage is up 29% to #5 (28% rentals). Notice also the Toyota Highlander up 126% to #6 (78% rentals), the Mitsubishi Triton up 66% to #7, the Mitsubishi ASX up to #8, the Mazda3 up 20% to #10, the Hyundai Tucson up 40% to #16 and the Ford Focus up to #18.

Previous month: New Zealand September 2017: Rentals push Corolla to #1

One year ago: New Zealand October 2016: Rentals lead to all-time record month

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New Zealand September 2017: Rentals push Corolla to #1

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in New Zealand this month. 

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The New Zealand vehicle market is up 4.5% year-on-year in September to 14.507 units – the strongest September on record – and up 10.4% year-to-date to a record 118.256 registrations after nine months. Brand leader Toyota vastly outperforms the market with a 43% surge to 23.9% share vs. 18.3% year-to-date, ahead of Ford (+6%) while Holden manages a 9.6% share vs. 8.9% so far this year in spite of a 15% year-on-year drop. Mazda (+0.5%), Mitsubishi (+11%), Nissan (-20%) and Hyundai (-25%) complete a Top 7 identical to the YTD order. Further down, Peugeot (+29%), Audi (+32%), Subaru (+36%), LDV (+57%), Skoda (+68%) and Citroen (+120%) are among the best performing manufacturers. In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla is pushed up 99% year-on-year into pole position by rental sales which account for 77.5% of its September sales, yet it remains a distant third YTD below the Ford Ranger (up 3% this month) and the Toyota Hilux, soaring 43% in September. The Toyota RAV4 is up 82% to #4 (68.2% are rentals), the Toyota Hiace up 93% to #7 (32% rentals), the Toyota Highlander up 147% to #11 (63% rentals), the Mitsubishi ASX up to #13, the Ford Escape up to #16 and the Holden Trax up to #19 (67% rentals).

Previous month: New Zealand August 2017: Toyota Hilux back on top of record market

One year ago: New Zealand September 2016: Holden shines in record month

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New Zealand August 2017: Toyota Hilux back on top of record market

The Toyota Hilux is up 60% year-on-year in New Zealand. 

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New light vehicle sales in New Zealand are up 3% year-on-year in August to hit a new record for the month at 13.063 units. Passenger cars and SUV sales are down 3.2% to 8.607 but commercial vehicles including utes (slang of pickup trucks) are up 17.9% to 4.456 and manage to lift the overall market into positive territory. The year-to-date total, up 11.3% to 103.923 units, have never reached the six-figure mark that fast in the history of automobile in New Zealand. For comparison, in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis only 45.384 vehicles were sold in the same period. Toyota, up 10% to 19.2% share, remains master in command in the brands ranking, comfortably distancing Ford down 11% to 10% share, Holden up 2% to 8.2% and Mazda up 12% to 8.1%. Mitsubishi (+16%), Honda (+17%) and Kia (+26%) also frankly beat the market in the Top 10. Below, notice Subaru up 20%, Mini up 54%, Peugeot up 61%, LDV up 62%, Skoda up 81% and Tesla up 500%. Newcomer Haval sells 6 units for its 2nd month in market, lifting its YTD total to 8.

The Mazda BT-50 is up 85% to #10 in August. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux surges 60% year-on-year to reclaim the top spot off the Ford Ranger (-4%) bt remains a fair distance below its rival year-to-date at 5.497 units (+30%) vs. 6.320 (+12%). The Toyota Corolla rallies back up 5 spots to #3 with 540 sales, 67% of which are to rental companies. It distances the Kia Sportage (+25%) and Holden Colorado (_36%) while the Mitsubishi Outlander (+82%) and Mazda BT-50 (+85%) deliver the largest year-on-year increases in the Top 10. A Top 10 that includes no less than six pickup trucks: Hilux, Ranger, Colorado, Triton, Navara and BT-50. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up 53% to #12, the Honda Jazz up 34% to #19 and the Ford Escape at #26.

Previous month: New Zealand July 2017: Four pickups in Top 4 in market up just 0.5%

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

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New Zealand July 2017: Four pickups in Top 4 in market up just 0.5%

The Mitsubishi Triton is up 64% to #3 overall in NZ in July. 

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The New Zealand market marks a pause in July with a meagre 0.5% year-on-year increase (or 61 units) to 11.631 registrations. Passenger cars and SUVs are down 1% or 80 units to 7.605 sales while commercial vehicles are up 4.3% or 165 to 4.026. Year-to-date however, the NZ market is up by a very sizeable 12.6% or 10.033 units to 90.737 registrations. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country by far and despite a 10% drop to 15.6% share, followed by Ford down 23% to 10.2% and Mazda up 14% to 8.7%. Mitsubishi surges 51% to 8.1%, overtaking Holden down 9% to 7.6%. Suzuki (+28%) and Honda (+44%) shine inside the Top 10 while beyond, Subaru (+23%), Audi (+40%), BMW (+28%), Skoda (+23%) and Peugeot (+76%) post the largest gains in the Top 20.

The refreshed Toyota Yaris is up 77% year-on-year this month. 

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger holds onto the top spot over the Toyota Hilux by the smallest of margins this month – one unit – but retains an almost 1.000 unit0-advantage year-to-date. Strikingly, the Top 4 best-sellers are all pickup trucks this month, with the Mitsubishi Triton (+64%) at #3 and the Holden Colorado (+9%) at #4. The three next best-sellers are all SUVs: the Kia Sportage (-13%), Mazda CX-5 (+42%) and Mitsubishi Outlander. The #1 passenger car, the Toyota Corolla, ranks only 8th and is the only one in the Top 13. In fact, there are only seven passenger cars in the Top 30: the Holden Commodore (#14, +23%), Suzuki Swift (#17), Toyota Yaris (#18, +77%), Mitsubishi Lancer (#25), Honda Jazz (#27) and Mazda3 (#30). Other great performers include the Nissan Qashqai (+30%) and Honda CR-V (#21).

Previous month: New Zealand June 2017: Ranger hits highest volume in record market

One year ago: New Zealand July 2016: Ford Ranger breaks all-time volume record

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New Zealand June 2017: Ranger hits highest volume in record market

The Holden Colorado now ranks #3 year-to-date, making the NZ podium 100% pickups.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market cannot stop galloping ahead: up 17% year-on-year in June, it signs the highest monthly volume in history at 15.985, smashing the previous record of 14.709 set in October 2016. The year-to-date tally now stands at a record 79.229 units halfway through the year, up 15% on the same period in 2016. Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford attributed this exceptionally strong month to the 2017 Agricultural Fieldays held at the beginning of June as well as a healthy tourism market boosting rental sales. Passenger car and SUV deliveries are up 10.8% to 10.181 but it’s commercial vehicles (mainly pickup trucks) that lift the market up this month with a 29% surge in June to 5.804 and 23% year-to-date.

The Amarok helps Volkswagen up 36% year-on-year in NZ this month.

Brand leader Toyota manages to outpace the fast-growing market with a 24% year-on-year surge to 20.7% market share vs. 17.5% YTD, distancing Ford at 10.6 (+14%), Holden at 8.5% (+6%) and Mazda at 7.1% (+11%). Mitsubishi (+27%), Suzuki (+38%) and Volkswagen (+36%) post the largest gains inside the Top 10 while beyond, Isuzu (+20%), Subaru (+84%), Mercedes (+29%), BMW (+33%), LDV (+51%) and Jeep (+43%) are the most dynamic within the Top 20. Model-wise, the Ford Ranger is up 41% to smash its monthly volume record to 1.178 (pb 925 in July 2016), lifting its YTD lead over the Toyota Hilux to 911 units. The Holden Colorado soars 59% to make the podium 100% pickups in June – like last month – but also YTD. The Toyota Corolla is up 64% to #4, the Mitsubishi Triton up 42% to #5, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 61% to #9 and the VW Amarok makes an extremely rare appearance inside the NZ Top 20.

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

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New Zealand May 2017: 3 passenger cars in Top 20, market up 17.5%

The Ford Ranger remains the most popular nameplate in New Zealand.

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At 13.131 units, the New Zealand new vehicle market delivers its best May score in history, up a smashing 17.5% year-on-year. 4.745 commercial vehicles found a buyer this month, which is the highest result since the MIA began collecting vehicle statistics in 1975. The year-to-date total is up 14% on the same period in 2016 to a record 63.241 units. Toyota soars 35% to remain by far the most popular carmaker in the country at 18% market share, distancing Ford down 1% to 11.4% share. Mazda gains 26% to overtake Holden for third place overall, while Mitsubishi (+43%), Kia (+37%), Suzuki (+27%) and Volkswagen (+34%) also shine inside the Top 10. Beyond, Isuzu (+31%), Subaru (+30%), Audi (+45%), BMW (+27%) and Jeep (+28%) make themselves noticed.

The Mazda CX-9 ends May just outside the New Zealand Top 20. 

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger, #1 in 2015 and 2016, dominates the sales charts once again, evolving like the market at +18%. It distances the Toyota Hilux (+43%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+104%) for a podium 100% pickup trucks. The Toyota RAV4 (+57%) is the best-selling SUV in New Zealand at #4 overall, above the Mazda CX-5 (+42%) and Kia Sportage (+30%). The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling passenger car as always but only ranks 8th this month. In fact, there are only three passenger cars in the Top 20: the Honda Jazz is #18 and the Holden Commodore #19. Every single other nameplate is either a pickup truck, an SUV or a van! Notice the Mitsubishi Outlander up 86% to #11, the Nissan X-Trail up 84% to #12, the Toyota Highlander up 88% to #15 and the Mazda CX-9 up to #21.

Previous post: New Zealand Full Year 2016: Ford Ranger repeats in third straight record year

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

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New Zealand Full Year 2016: Ranger repeats in third straight record year

Ford Ranger New Zealand 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger is once again the best-selling vehicle in New Zealand. 

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The New Zealand new vehicle market brilliantly posts a third consecutive all-time record year with registrations up 9.5% year-on-year to 146.753 units. At 102.514 sales, passenger cars break a record dating back to 1973 (97.346) and break the symbolic 100.000 unit-milestone for the first time. Commercial vehicle registrations are up 13.2% to a record 44.292 units. For the first time in the history of automobile in New Zealand, SUV sales overtake other passenger vehicles thanks to 52.913 units vs. 51.552. Toyota remains by far the most popular carmaker in the country but sees its market share thaw from 19.6% last year to 18.3% in 2016 due to sales up just 2% to 26.792. Reversely Ford surges 21% and improves its share from 10.3% to 11.4%, overtaking archenemy Holden in the process. Mazda (+11%), Mitsubishi (+13%), Nissan (+11%), Suzuki (+18%) and most impressively Kia (+60%) all post double-digit gains inside the Top 10. Further down, notice Skoda (+20%), Volvo (+20%), Land Rover (+21%), Isuzu (+29%), Jaguar (+114%) and Chinese outlet LDV (+118%) all taking off.

Kia Sportage New Zealand 2016The Kia Sportage breaks into the NZ Top 10 in 2016. It was #32 in 2015.

The Ford Ranger is the best-selling vehicle in New Zealand for the second year in a row, easily beating the market with sales up 24% to 8.478 and widening the gap with the #2, the Toyota Corolla, from 304 units in 2015 to an imposing 2.204 this year. The Toyota Hilux (+10%), Holden Colorado (+4%) and Toyota RAV4 (+3%) follow, holding onto their ranking while the Mitsubishi Triton has a stunning year with deliveries 31% lifting it from #14 to #6. The Kia Sportage (+171%) and Hyundai Tucson (+500%) both break into the annual Top 10 and were instrumental in this year’s historical SUV performance. Notice also the Isuzu D-Max up 41% to #15, the Nissan X-Trail up 32% to #19 and the Mazda BT-50 up 31% to #22. The Toyota Corolla once again dominates the rental category with 50.5% of its total sales for 2016 being for rental companies, ahead of the RAV4 (44.1%) and Highlander (52.7%). The Ranger appears at #13 with only 5.9% of its sales going to rental fleets.

Previous month: New Zealand November 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps up to #5

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

Two years ago: New Zealand Full Year 2014: Market up 12% to all-time record

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New Zealand November 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps up to #5

hyundai-tucson-new-zealand-october-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Kiwi Top 5 this month.

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The New Zealand new car market continues on its record-breaking run this year, with November sales the highest ever for the month at +18% year-on-year to 13.740. This brings the year-to-date tally up 9.5% to a record 135.711 units, already beating the previous annual high mark set last year (134.234). The 140.000 annual sales milestone will be reached for the first time in history in 2016. Toyota surprisingly goes agains the trend with deliveries down 13% in November but the Japanese manufacturer remains in the lead at 16.6% share vs. 11.5% for Holden (+23%) and 10.8% for Ford (+18%). Mitsubishi (+56%), Hyundai (+25%), Kia (+54%), Suzuki (+40%), Isuzu (+81%), Ssangyong (+35%) and Jeep (+174%) all post stunning gains inside the Top 15. Model-wise, the Ford Ranger cements its pole position thanks to sales up 13% to 777 ahead of the Toyota Corolla (-11%) and Toyota Hilux (-29%). The Holden Colorado surges 44% to 4th place overall, the Hyundai Tucson leaps 19 spots on October to #5 and the Kia Sportage is up 214% on November 2015 to 6th.

Previous month: New Zealand October 2016: Rentals lead to all-time record month

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

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New Zealand October 2016: Rentals lead to all-time record month

Toyota Corolla New Zealand October 2016The Toyota Corolla is #1 in New Zealand for the first time since January. 

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The approaching start of summer – and with it the start of the rental season – lifts the New Zealand market to never-seen-before heights in October, up 16% year-on-year to 14.709 registrations, eclipsing the previous all-time monthly record dating back to July 1984 at 13.983. This is the first time in history that sales cross the 14.000 monthly mark. Including in this month result are a whopping 4.181 rentals, a full 30% of year-to-date rental sales (13.724). Overall so far in 2016, deliveries are now up 9% on the same period in 2015 to 121.974, now on track to surpass 140.000 annual units for the first time after breaking the 130.000 mark in 2015. In fact, local publication Autotalk predicts 2016 at 143.000 registrations.

Toyota remains the most popular brand in the country by far despite sales down 1% to 3.287 and 22.3% share, with its two closest followers surging: Holden is up 43% to 1.866 and Ford up 33% to 1.624, ahead of Mazda up 4%. Nissan (+55%), Mitsubishi (+25%), Volkswagen (+51%) and Kia (+71%) also set the Top 10 on fire while below Honda (+36%), Mercedes (+29%), Isuzu (+43%), LDV (+244%) and Renault (+210%) also impress. Model-wise, rentals push the Toyota Corolla to pole position as is traditionally the case at this time of the year, with whopping 1.026 of its 1.210 October sales being rentals. Note the Corolla’s October rental score represents 46% of its YTD rental figure (2.218). This is however insufficient to dislodge the YTD overall market leader the Ford Ranger (7.173) and the Toyota Hilux (5.299) with the Corolla at 4.789. The Toyota Yaris is up 9 spots on last month to #4 (74% rentals), the Holden Commodore up 7 to #5 (72% rentals) and the Holden Trax shooting up to #11 (83% rentals).

Previous month: New Zealand September 2016: Holden shines in record month

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

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