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New Zealand October 2012: Rentals keep Toyota Corolla #1

Toyota Corolla

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At 9,388 registrations, new car sales in New Zealand are up a huge 33% year-on-year in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 84,463 units, up 19% on 2011 and already almost as much as the Full Year 2011 total of 84,640 sales! Motor Trade Association spokesperson Ian Stronach says “October is often a strong month sales wise, with many of the new season’s rental fleet being included.” This and pre-sales of the new generation explain why the Toyota Corolla is #1 overall for the 5th time in the last 12 months after last November, DecemberJanuary and September with 846 sales and a huge 9% share, 57% of which are rentals.

Toyota NZ General Manager of Sales Steve Prangnell says: “In New Zealand, Corolla has topped its segment for 28 years in a row, and has been the country’s favourite passenger car 15 out of the last 25 years.” In fact, this month’s performance is 60% ahead of October 2011 and enables the Corolla to also take the lead in the 2012 NZ year-to-date ranking thanks to 3,737 units and 4.4%, while the Toyota Hilux, #3 this month, is down to #2 year-to-date with 3.512 sales and 4.2%.

Toyota RAV4

The Ford Focus ranks #2 with sales up 325% to 344 (65% rentals), the Suzuki Swift is #4 at +69% to 299 and the Holden Commodore is #5 at +76% and 60% rentals. Notice also the Toyota RAV4 up to #6 with 279 sales (80% rentals), the Toyota Highlander up 4 spots on September and 176% year-on-year to #7 at 250 units (70% rentals), the Ford Mondeo back up to #9 and the Hyundai Accent up to #17 with 139 sales (87% rentals!).

Previous month: New Zealand September 2012: Toyota Corolla #1 thanks to rentals

One year ago: New Zealand October 2011: Toyota Yaris up to #3

Full October 2012 Top 25 and Top 10 Rentals Ranking Tables below.

New Zealand October 2012:

1Toyota Corolla8469.0%60%13,7374.4%1
2Ford Focus3443.7%325%211,6091.9%12
3Toyota Hilux3343.6%17%33,5124.2%2
4Suzuki Swift2993.2%69%22,8073.3%3
5Holden Commodore2903.1%76%42,1282.5%6
6Toyota RAV42793.0%-9%26n/an/an/a
7Toyota Highlander2502.7%181%111,4801.8%13
8Toyota Hiace2322.5%41%91,8872.2%8
9Ford Mondeo2182.3%n/an/a1,3111.6%15
10Nissan Navara2082.2%54%152,1612.6%5
11Ford Ranger1972.1%-3%62,4993.0%4
12Holden Colorado1811.9%n/a81,1581.4%17
13Holden Captiva1751.9%15%142,0092.4%7
14Holden Cruze1701.8%23%121,6902.0%10
15Ford Falcon1661.8%43%17n/an/an/a
16Toyota Yaris1591.7%-48%51,6221.9%11
17Hyundai Accent1391.5%n/an/an/an/an/a
18Hyundai i301371.5%-56%101,7432.1%9
20Hyundai Santa Fe1191.3%3%161,1191.3%18
21Mitsubishi Outlander1071.1%n/a13n/an/an/a
22Nissan Qashqai1071.1%n/a28n/an/an/a
23Honda CR-V1031.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
24Toyota Camry1021.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
25Mazda BT-50961.0%-10%228961.1%n/a

New Zealand October 2012 – rental models:

PosRental modelsOctRRSep
1Toyota Corolla48457%1
2Ford Focus22465%6
3Toyota RAV422280%n/a
4Holden Commodore17560%2
5Toyota Highlander17470%7
6Suzuki Swift12542%3
7Ford Mondeo12156%n/a
8Hyundai Accent12187%n/a
9Ford Falcon10563%4
10Toyota Aurion60n/an/a


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