The Holden Kingswood was #1 in New Zealand in 1973.
We can now share with you Historical Data for New Zealand spanning 45 years, starting with the Holden Kingswood leading the way in 1973, then replaced by the Ford Cortina in 1977 and the Toyota Corolla, managing to take the lead of Kiwi sales a long time before it did in neighbouring Australia – 27 years to be exact – in 1984, then reclaiming the lead in 2008 until 2015 when the Ford Ranger took control. Like in Australia, the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon were very successful here.
New Zealand Historical Data:
New Zealand 1973: Holden Kingswood/Belmont hits record heights
New Zealand 1977-1983: Ford Cortina best-seller
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
New Zealand 2016: Ford Ranger repeats in third straight record year
New Zealand 2017: Ranger #1, 3 Toyotas in Top 4, record sales
New Zealand 2018: Ford Ranger signs 4th straight win in 5th consecutive record year
New Zealand 2019: Ford Ranger secures 5th consecutive win in market down -4.3% to lowest in 3 years