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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. Light commercials ae up 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.
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.
Full May 2016 Top 25 models and Top 70 All-brands below.