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

Full Year 2014 Top 25 models and Top 75 All-brands vs. Full Year 2013 figures below.

Full December 2014 Top 30 models and Top 60 All-brands below.

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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

Full November 2014 Top 25 models and Top 57 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full October 2014 Top 30 models and Top 65 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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