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New Zealand June 2019: Rentals lift Toyota Prado into Top 10, market down -8%

The Toyota Prado breaks into the New Zealand Top 10 in June.

The New Zealand new vehicle market endures a second consecutive loss in June at -8% year-on-year to 13.952 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down -5.5% to 75.657. Passenger Cars (incl. SUV) drop -10% in June to 8.748 and -7.6% YTD to 49.022 while Commercial Vehicles (Light and Heavy) edge down -4.5% this month to 5.204 and -1.3% so far this year to 26.652.

The new Rhino pickup helps Ssangyong up 80.4% in June.

Toyota (+3.1%) goes against the grain and brilliantly defends its brands pole position with an uptick leading to a 18.2% share vs. 15.7% so far in 2019. Ford (-9.5%), Holden (-4.2%) and Mitsubishi (-7.1%) all reverse back but maintain their May rankings while Hyundai (+18.9%) rounds up the Top 5 with the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 14. Honda (-36.1%), Isuzu (-33.7%), Volkswagen (-28.8%), Subaru (-12.7%) and Kia (-12.1%) are in dire straits however. Below, Ssangyong (+80.4%), Haval (+65.3%), Jaguar (+64.6%) and Mini (+37.5%) shine.

Model-wise, the Top 4 is back to 100% pickup trucks with the Ford Ranger (+0.8%), Toyota Hilux (+11.3%), Holden Colorado (+19.4%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+4.5%) outselling the Toyota Corolla (+28.9%) and RAV4 (-40.3%). The  Hyundai Tucson (+32.5%) also shines in the Top 10 where the Toyota Prado storms into at #10, 88% of its June sales being to rental companies. The Holden Commodore (+50%) is enjoying a 2nd wind in New Zealand.

Previous month: New Zealand May 2019: Toyota RAV4 (+25.8%), Mitsubishi Triton (+17.6%) resist in market down -13.5%

One year ago: New Zealand June 2018: 5 pickups in Top 6, LDV T60 breaks into Top 30

Full June 2019 Top 70 All-brands and Top 30 models below.

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