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New car sales in New Zealand are up 7% year-on-year to deliver the highest October since records began in 1975 at 12.686 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 5% to 112.184 – still well on track to pass the 130.000 annual sales mark for the first time in history, with an option to even push it to 140.000… Summer approaching means rental car companies are starting to stock up and impact greatly on the models ranking. The Toyota Corolla, with the added incentive of a facelift this year, leaps to 10.5% share thanks to 1.334 units – 1.087 of which were sold to rental companies. The Corolla now trails the Ford Ranger by just 135 units year-to-date and should swallow this gap easily before the year ends.
Two additional Toyota nameplates benefitting from the rental season are the Highlander up a tremendous 86% year-on-year to #3 and 3.4% share vs. #15 and 1.8% so far in 2015 and the Yaris up 13 spots on September to #4 and 3% vs. #10 and 1.9% year-to-date. With the Hilux at #5 and the RAV4 at #6, Toyota places no less than five nameplates in the New Zealand Top 6 this month. Notice also the Mazda6 at #17, the Ssangyong Korando at #20 and the Hyundai Tucson at #27. Brand-wise, Toyota unsurprisingly leads the dance at 26.2% share above Holden (10.3%) resisting much better than at home in Australia, Ford (9.6%), Mazda up 66% (8.1%) and Hyundai (5.8%). Mercedes is up 40%, Ssangyong up 60%, Fiat up 43% and Land Rover up 55%.
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Full October 2015 Top 30 models and Top 62 brands below.