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

October 8th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Corolla New Zealand September 2014Toyota Corolla

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At 11,840 registrations and up a massive 18% year-on-year, new car sales in New Zealand reach their biggest September score since records started back in 1975. The year-to-date total now stands at 94,289 units, up 14% on 2013 and on track to equal or even beat the highest-ever recorded year of sales in the country: 1984 with 123,247 registrations! Euphoric times indeed in New Zealand. Brand-wise, Toyota does even better than usual in pole position at 19.6% share vs. 17.7% year-to-date, while Holden overtakes Ford for second place at 11.4% vs. 9.7%. With Summer now approaching, traditionally the ratio of rental sales increases, with the main result being the Toyota Corolla reclaiming a top spot it hasn’t held since January with 620 sales and 5.3% share, a massive 60% being rentals. The Ford Ranger (still #1 year-to-date) and Toyota Hilux follow, while the Toyota Yaris is up 9 spots on August to #4 at 373 units and 3.2%, here too helped by rentals which account for 30% of its September score. Notice also the Mazda3 up 8 ranks to #7, the Honda Jazz inside the Top 10 again at #8 and the Nissan Qashqai up 9 spots to #10.

Previous month: New Zealand August 2014: Honda Jazz now inside Top 5

One year ago: New Zealand September 2013: Toyota Corolla reclaims #1 spot in record market

Full September 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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New Zealand August 2014: Honda Jazz now inside Top 5

September 17th, 2014 No comments

Honda Jazz New Zealand August 2014Honda Jazz

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Another record month for commercial vehicles in New Zealand: up 15% year-on-year to reach 3,002 registrations, the highest August score since records began in 1981. Passenger cars are up a more discreet 3.5% to 7,066 units, adding up to 10,068 units for the month, up 7% on August 2013 and bringing the year-to-date total to 82,594 units, up 13% on 2013. The Ford Ranger remains atop the models sales charts at 548 units and 5.4% share, also reclaiming the year-to-date lead off the Toyota Hilux thanks to 3,842 sales and 4.7% vs. 3,739 and 4.5%.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross New Zealand August 2014Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

The Toyota Corolla ranks 2nd with a  strong 4.6% share vs. 3.9% year-to-date with the Holden Commodore up to #4 both in August and year-to-date. The  new generation Honda Jazz has definitely struck a chord with Kiwi car buyers: it breaks into the Top 5 this month with 264 sales and 2.6% share. Other great performers in New Zealand in August include the Toyota Highlander up to #10 and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up to a best-ever #27.

Previous month: New Zealand July 2014: Honda Jazz up to #7, best July since 1985

One year ago: New Zealand August 2013: Ford Ranger #1 for the 4th time in last 5 months

Full August 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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New Zealand July 2014: Honda Jazz up to #7, best July since 1985

August 13th, 2014 4 comments

Honda Jazz New Zealand July 2014Honda Jazz

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At 10,313 registrations this month, the New Zealand new car market is up 10% year-on-year and delivers the best July score in 29 years! Commercial vehicles are at an all-time high for July: up 23% to 3,242 units, while passenger cars are up 4% to 7,071 sales. The year-to-date total is now up 13% on 2013 at 72,526 units. Brand-wise, Toyota, Ford and Holden lead the way like in the year-to-date ranking while Mazda jumps two spots on June to #4, Nissan is up 3 to #5 and Hyundai down two to #6. Boosted by the arrival of the new generation Jazz shooting up to 7th place with 302 sales and 2.9% share, Honda is up 8 ranks to #8 brand at 4.1% of the market vs. 2.7% year-to-date. The Ford Ranger is back to being the most popular vehicle in the country for the third time in the past 5 months thanks to 537 sales and 5.2% but still trails the Toyota Hilux year-to-date at 3,294 units vs. 3,326. Finally, the Nissan Navara (#4) and Holden Colorado (#5) make it 3 pick-ups inside the Top 5, the Mazda BT-50 jumps up to #11 and the Toyota Yaris up to #14.

Previous month: New Zealand June 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot year-to-date

One year ago: New Zealand July 2013: Ford Ranger in the lead, just

Full July 2014 Top 30 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Zealand June 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot YTD

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux New Zealand June 2014Toyota Hilux

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The New Zealand new car market goes from strength to strength this year and even reaches all-time record heights in June as far as commercial vehicle sales are concerned. At 12,519 registrations, the overall market is up 17% year-on-year, bringing the year-to-date total to 62,213 units, up 14% on 2013. Commercial vehicles break the 4,000 monthly sales mark in any month for the first time since records began in 1981! That’s a 26% year-on-year increase while passenger cars are up 13% to 8,517. Toyota has a particularly strong month at 20.4% share vs. 17.5% year-to-date, ahead of Ford (10.9%) and Holden (10.7%) while Hyundai is up two spots on May to #4 and 8.2% above Mitsubishi (7.2%), Mazda (5.6%) and Volkswagen (4.5%).

Toyota RAV4 New Zealand June 2014The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling passenger car in New Zealand this month.

Model-wise, we have a third year-to-date leader in as many months: after the Toyota Corolla led all the way through April and the Ford Ranger overtook it in May, the Toyota Hilux, strengthened by a very robust June score (847 sales and 6.8% share), takes the lead halfway through the year with sales adding up to 2,916 and 4.7% share. The Ford Ranger follows at 4.6% in June and 4.4% year-to-date, while the Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling passenger car this month, brilliantly gaining 5 spots on May to #3 above the Toyota Corolla (#5) and Highlander up an even more impressive 13 ranks to #6 overall. Notice also the Holden Colorado very strong again in 4th place and the Ford Focus up 10 spots to #14.

Previous month: New Zealand May 2014: Ford Ranger now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: New Zealand June 2013: Toyota Hilux takes the lead year-to-date

Full June 2014 Top 30 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

June 11th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ranger New Zealand May 2014Ford Ranger

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New car sales in New Zealand are up another very impressive 15% year-on-year in May to 10,064 registrations, with Commercial Vehicles (3,262) achieving the best May on record. Year-to-date sales are up 13% on 2013 to 49,617 units. Massive event atop the Kiwi models charts: even though it is down to #2 this month below the Toyota Hilux (5% vs. 5.6% share), the Ford Ranger takes advantage of a particularly disappointing month from the Toyota Corolla (#6!) to become the most popular vehicle in the country year-to-date with 2,191 sales and 4.4%, ahead of the Hilux (4.2%) with the Corolla (4%) kicked down to third place. Notice also the Toyota Hiace up 3 spots on April to #3, the Holden Colorado up one to #4, Suzuki Swift back up 9 to #5 and the Toyota RAV4 up 20 to #8.

Previous month: New Zealand April 2014: Ford Ranger threatens Toyota Corolla for year-to-date top spot

One year ago:  New Zealand May 2013: Ford Ranger #1 in strongest market in 23 years

Full May 2014 Top 28 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Zealand April 2014: Ford Ranger threatens Corolla for #1 ytd

May 10th, 2014 2 comments

Ford Ranger New Zealand April 2014. Picture courtesy of carsguide.com.auFord Ranger

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New car sales in New Zealand are up 7% year-on-year in April to 8,729 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 39,553 units, up 13% on 2013. The Ford Ranger continues to impress month after month, topping the sales charts for the 2nd time running and with such a margin over its followers (513 sales vs. 377 for the Toyota Hilux and 298 for the Toyota Corolla) that is now threatens the almighty Corolla for pole position in the year-to-date ranking at 1,688 sales vs. 1,739! If the Ranger manages to find its way into #1 year-to-date and holds onto it until the end of the year, it would be the first time since 2007 the Corolla isn’t the best-seller in the country…

Nissan X-Trail New Zealand April 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auNissan X-Trail

Another exceptional performer this month is the Nissan X-Trail, up from outside the Top 25 in March directly to #4 with 238 sales and 2.7% share, potentially due to the combination of runout sales of the previous model and the first new generation cars coming through to dealerships across both islands. Notice also the Holden Colorado up 11 spots on March to #5, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 7 to #10, Holden Captiva back up 8 to #11, Toyota Highlander up 10 to #13 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee making its very first appearance inside New Zealand’s Top 25 most popular vehicles at #23.

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

One year ago: New Zealand April 2013: Ford Ranger ends Toyota Corolla reign

Full April 2014 Top 30 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Zealand March 2014: Ford Ranger #1, now above Hilux YTD

April 8th, 2014 1 comment

Ford Ranger New Zealand March 2014The Ford Ranger is above the Toyota Hilux so far in 2014.

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New Zealand continues to perform at levels not seen in decades: March 2014 is the best since 1994 at 11,238 registrations, up 18% year-on-year and bringing the First Quarter total to 30,824 units, up 15% on 2013. Commercial vehicles are up 20% in March and 19% year-to-date. In the brands ranking, Toyota (16%), Ford (10.7%) and Holden (8.5%) reign supreme as usual, but Mitsubishi is catching up, up 3 spots on February to #4 and 7.8% share, passing Hyundai, Mazda and Nissan.

Mitsubishi Outlander New Zealand March 2014The Mitsubishi Outlander is up to #7 this month in New Zealand.

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger becomes the most popular vehicle in the country this month and for the 5th time in the last 12 months thanks to 550 sales and 4.9% and for the first time ever, it is now ahead of its archenemy the Toyota Hilux in a New Zealand year-to-date ranking at 1,175 units (#2) vs. 1,126 (#3) with the Toyota Corolla keeping the lead so far in 2014 at 1,441 sales. Notice also the Suzuki Swift back up two spots on February to #4, the Holden Commodore up one to #6, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 15 to #7, Mazda3 up 3 to #8 and Hyundai i30 up 10 to #14.

Previous month: New Zealand February 2014: Toyota Hilux in charge, Holden Captiva #4

One year ago: New Zealand March 2013: Toyota Corolla still the one

Full March 2014 Top 25 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Media post: The best way to compare car loans in New Zealand

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Toyota Corolla New Zealand 2013The Toyota Corolla has been the best-selling car in New Zealand for the past 5 years.

Car loans vary significantly between reputable lenders. This makes it a real challenge for customers to compare different loans at a glance. There are a great many variables – interest rate being the obvious benchmark for at-a-glance comparisons, but the myriad establishment fees, administration fees, and early termination fees often add up to far more than a few percentage points of variation.

This is why it really pays to do your sums. “People often focus on just the interest rate,” says Carl Jones from www.carloans.co.nz. “It’s an overly simplistic way to assess the relative merits of different loans. For example, a loan at seven per cent seems like a much better deal than one at 10 per cent, obviously. However, when you grab a calculator and crunch the numbers on the true cost, it’s common enough to discover that the loan with the notionally more expensive rate is often enough actually the cheapest.”

Let’s say you have three potential loans on the table, all for the same amount and all for the same term. All have slightly different rates and different fee structures. How should you compare them?

Jones advises consumers in the market for car finance today to start with the establishment fee, if any. “Write down any establishment fees, followed by any administrative fees, like monthly account-keeping fees, or broker (or dealer) establishment fees. Add the establishment fees to the total regular administrative cost of the loan. If there’s a monthly account-keeping fee, multiply that by the number of months in the term. Then take the regular repayments, and multiply that by the number of payments. If it’s a five-year loan with monthly repayments, take the monthly payment and multiply by 60 – the number of months in five years. “What you’re doing here is assessing the total, cumulative cost of each car loan. So add up the total payments and then add the total fees. That’s what you’ll be paying.”

Jones says it’s a great idea to consider seriously whether you intend to proceed until the full term of the loan, or if you will be disposing of the car earlier than that. If you think early disposal is a real possibility, then you need to investigate how early repayment fees or penalties (if any) are built into the contract. “Some loans with low establishment costs aren’t really all that profitable for the lender, at least initially, which is why in those cases the early discharge fees can be on the hefty side,” Jones advises. “It’s important to consider how likely it is that you really will go full term with the loan because that cheap loan you sign up for initially can get fairly expensive if you decide to upgrade your vehicle at some mid-point in the term.”

Jones says, like every other consumer product, car finance is a highly competitive business. Different lenders compete aggressively for your car finance repayments. One of the most effective marketing tools available to the car finance sector is the promise of a low interest rate – it’s enough to secure the deal in many cases. However, if you want to be an effective advocate for your own financial self-interest, the expert advice is that you need to consider the likely total cost of every loan. If that low rate seems almost too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

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New Zealand February 2014: Hilux in charge, Holden Captiva #4

March 9th, 2014 No comments

Holden Captiva New Zealand February 2014. Picture courtesy of carshowroom.com.auHolden Captiva

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The New Zealand new car market does show any sign of slowing down… at all. It is up a further 14% year-on-year in February to 9,058 registrations, split between 6,491 new passenger cars (best February since 1989) and 2,567 new commercial vehicles (best February since records began in 1981!). Big event in the passenger cars brand ranking: Holden is up 59% year-on-year to beat Toyota for the first time in years. Another first: for the first time since last August the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country thanks to 390 sales and 4.3% vs. 311 units for both the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Ranger.

Hyundai Santa Fe New Zealand February 2014. Picture by The Motor ReportHyundai Santa Fe

The best performer of the month is without contest the Holden Captiva up 13 spots on January and 95% year-on-year to #4 with 279 units and 3.1%. Other brilliant gainers this month include the Hyundai Santa Fe up 12 ranks on last month to #8, the Toyota Hiace up 13 to #10, the Mazda3 up 7 to #11, Hyundai ix35 up 8 to #13 and the Hyundai iLoad landing at #20.

Previous post: New Zealand: 2000-2013 Historical Data now available!

Previous month: New Zealand January 2014: Fourth consecutive record month!

One year ago: New Zealand February 2013: Corolla, Hilux and Ranger dominate

Full February 2014 Top 25 models and Top 60 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Zealand: 2000-2013 Historical Data now available!

February 27th, 2014 No comments

The Holden Commodore led New Zealand sales up to 2008 when it was overtaken by the Toyota Corolla.

I can now share with you Historical Data for New Zealand spanning almost 15 years. The 2000-2003 data is all-new to BSCB today. Similarly to neighbour Australia, we witness over the period the complete dominance of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon slowly but surely being eroded to benefit the Toyota Corolla, however the Japanese model managed to take the lead of Kiwi sales way before it did in Australia – 5 years to be exact – in 2008, and has been able to keep the lead since, making it 6 consecutive years.

New Zealand Historical Data:

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

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