Car sales continue to rise

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

May saw 4616 registrations, which is up 16% on May 2009 and ahead of April 2010.

Perry Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says, “For the first five months new car registrations totalled 24,496 units, which is 14% on the same period 2009. This is now slightly ahead of the industry projection – so we are very happy with these results.”

There was also positive news for commercial vehicles. May registrations of 1801 vehicles are the best monthly total for the last 11 months and ahead of May 2009 by 37%.

In the passenger car segment, which has been dominated by Toyota, Ford took out top spot with 571 registrations, Toyota second with 557, and Hyundai increased market share to achieve third place with 486 units.

Year to date the positions remain unchanged with Toyota first, Holden second and Ford third.

Monthly commercial vehicle registrations continue to be dominated by Toyota with 737 registrations taking just over 40% of this market. Ford was in second place with 241 units and Nissan number three with 237.

In the model area Suzuki Swift was the top selling passenger model with 249 registrations, the Hyundai I30 in second with 217 and the Toyota Corolla third place with 199.

Year to date Corolla remains the number one selling passenger model followed by Suzuki Swift and the Holden Commodore.

In the commercial sector the Toyota Hilux was top with 477 registrations followed by the Nissan Navara 233 registrations and the Toyota Hiace with 204.