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

One year ago: New Zealand September 2014: Toyota Corolla back on top, biggest September ever

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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

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

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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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New Zealand May 2015: Ford Ranger cements newfound leadership

Ford Ranger New Zealand May 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord Ranger

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The Kiwi new car market pauses its growth in May, just: down 30 units year-on-year to 10.034 registrations but still up 6% year-to-date at 52.623 units. Below Toyota sovereign at 16% share, Holden (11%) reclaims the #2 spot it holds year-to-date off Ford (10.2%) with Mazda (8%), Nissan (7.1%) and Hyundai (6.8%) following. After snapping the year-to-date top spot last month, the Ford Ranger confirms it is the new king of the models sales charts at 511 deliveries (5.1%) in May, now adding up to 2.307 units year-to-date (4.4%) vs. 2.102 for the Toyota Hilux and 1.963 for the Toyota Corolla. The Nissan Navara brilliantly remains on the podium at #3, the Mazda CX-5 and Holden Captiva are both up 4 spots on April to #6 and #7, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 4 to #10, the Mitsubishi ASX up to #15, the Isuzu D-Max up a further two to #16 and the Toyota Camry up to #20.

Previous month: New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

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

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New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

Ford Ranger New Zealand April 2015. Picture courtesy driven.co.nzFord Ranger

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New Zealand vehicle sales are not slowing down, continuing at their record pace. 6.373 passenger car were registered in April, up 4% year-on-year and the best April figure since 1989, while for commercial vehicles, 2.916 units are up 13% on April 2014 and the best-ever April result. The overall market is up 6% to 9.289 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42.588 units, up 8% on 2014. Toyota remains sovereign in the bands ranking albeit at a slightly lower level this month (15.2%) than year-to-date (16.8%), while Ford (11.6%) overtakes Holden (9%) for 2nd place but stays 3rd year-to-date. Nissan shoots up 3 spots on March to #4 overall, above Mazda, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.

Mazda CX-3 New Zealand April 2015. Picture courtesy driven.co.nzMazda CX-3

It’s a big win in the models ranking for the Ford Ranger, simultaneously taking the lead in April (487 deliveries) and year-to-date (1.797), passing both the Toyota Hilux (1.699) and Corolla (1.653) at once. The Hyundai ix35 jumps 13 ranks on last month to an excellent 7th place, the Holden Captiva is up 6 to #11 and the Mazda CX-3 makes its very first appearance in the Kiwi Top 25 at #24 with 1.1% share for its first full month of sale in the country.

Previous month: New Zealand March 2015: 5 pick-ups in the Top 6 in record market

One year ago: New Zealand April 2014: Ford Ranger threatens Toyota Corolla for YTD #1 spot

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New Zealand March 2015: 5 Pickups in the Top 6 in record market

Holden Colorado NZ March 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Holden Colorado cracks the NZ podium for the first time this month.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to jump from record to record: up a further 5% year-on-year in March to 11,755 registrations, the best March score since 1984. This is split into 8,075 new passenger cars (best March since 1984) and 3,680 new commercial vehicles (best March since 1982), bringing the first quarter total to 33,299 units, up 8% on 2014. Toyota leads the way again with 1,788 sales and 15.2% share above Holden (9.8%) and Ford (9.3%), replicating the 2015 year-to-date order. Mitsubishi is up two spots to #4 and 8% share, knocking Mazda and Hyundai to #5 and #6 respectively. Mercedes is up 15% so far in 2015, Jeep up 29%, Isuzu up 31%, Foton up 68%, Fiat up 73% and Porsche up 103%.

Mitsubishi Triton NZ March 2015The new models should push Mitsubishi Triton sales even further up this year.

The NZ models ranking has a very particular taste this month: now that the Summer season is well and truly over and rental sales are down to insignificant figures, pickup trucks literally kill the ranking: there are 5 of them in the Top 6, with the Toyota Corolla the only passenger car at #4… The Toyota Hilux is in the lead like in February with 548 sales, but the Ford Ranger – #2 at 514 units – is still #1 year-to-date. Thanks to 346 deliveries, the Holden Colorado breaks into the NZ podium for the first time ever (previous best: #4 reached in June 2014), the Mitsubishi Triton is up 5 ranks on February to #5 and the Nissan Navara is down two to #4. Notice also the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #7 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 12 to #11.

Previous month: New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

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

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New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

Toyota Hilux New Zealand February 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Hilux

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Another record month for new vehicle sales in New Zealand: February is up 8% year-on-year to an all-time high 9,877 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,544 units, up 10% on 2014. The brands podium returns to its FY2014 order, with Toyota leading the way as usual with 15.7%, above Ford at 9.9% and Holden at 9.8%, while Mazda shines in 4th place and 7.9% share. Now that sales to rental companies are receding as Autumn comes along and the tourist season closes, the Toyota Corolla drops to #3, leaving the way to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger atop the models ranking. The Nissan Navara is up 5 spots on January to #4, the Mazda CX-5 up 10 to #5 and the Toyota Hiace up 18 to #6.

Previous month: New Zealand January 2015: Rental-boosted Toyota Corolla and Holden Commodore lead

One year ago: New Zealand February 2014: Toyota Hilux in charge, Holden Captiva #4

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New Zealand: 1973-2015 Historical Data now available

Holden Kingswood New Zealand 1973. Picture courtesy oldholden.comThe Holden Kingswood was #1 in New Zealand in 1973.

I can now share with you Historical Data for New Zealand spanning 40 years. Similarly to neighbour Australia, we witness over the period the complete dominance of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon slowly but slowly being eroded to benefit the Toyota Corolla, however the Japanese model managed to take the lead of Kiwi sales a long time before it did in Australia – 27 years to be exact – in 1984, then reclaiming the lead in 2008 and never looking back.

New Zealand Historical Data:

New Zealand 1973: Holden Kingswood/Belmont hits record heights

New Zealand 1984-1986: Toyota Corolla reigns

New Zealand 1987: Holden Commodore reclaims lead off Toyota Corolla

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

New Zealand 2014: Corolla #1, Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Toyota Hilux as #1 ute

New Zealand 2015: First year at #1 for Ford Ranger in record market