NZ gross sales: One other bumper 12 months predicted

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    NEW-VEHICLE gross sales in New Zealand exceeded 15,000 models in October for under the second time since data started, because the nation heads in direction of one other year-end file.

    Final month’s tally of 15,530 general gross sales was one of the best October on file and was second solely to June’s 15,985 complete, prompting New Zealand Motor Trade Affiliation chief govt officer David Crawford to foretell one other bumper outcome come the tip of December.

    “The 2017 new car market is predicted to simply break via the 150,000 new automobiles mark for the primary time,” he mentioned.

    The haul was a 7.zero per cent enhance in contrast with October final 12 months, whereas the year-to-date tally is up 9.three per cent over the primary 10 months of 2016 to 133,766 models.

    Gross sales of passenger automobiles and SUVs grew final month by three.zero per cent to 11,114 and light-commercial automobiles continued their upward trajectory, rising by 12.eight per cent to 4416 models.

    An enormous gross sales increase for the Toyota Corolla meant that small passenger automobiles have been the biggest phase final month, with a 20 per cent share, adopted by medium SUVs on 15 per cent and pick-up/cab chassis 4x4s with a 13 per cent market share.

    The Corolla had an enormous month, recording a whopping 46 per cent leap over October 2016’s outcome with 1772 models shifted, greater than sufficient to leapfrog the Ford Ranger (853) and Toyota HiLux (762) pick-ups which have dominated the mannequin gross sales all 12 months.

    Of the Corolla’s complete, a large 1589 – or 90 per cent – have been rental firm purchases.

    Except one thing sudden occurs within the subsequent two months, the Ranger is prone to be the highest vendor for the 12 months, with 7950 models offered to the tip of October, edging out the HiLux on 7045 and the Corolla with 5867.

    The large month for Corolla and HiLux was backed up by sturdy showings from the RAV4 (479) and Highlander/Kluger (334), making certain Toyota continued to dominate the general market, recording 4457 gross sales, a 35 per cent raise on final October, and sufficient for a 28.7 share.

    Ford’s gross sales (1530) have been 5.eight per cent off the identical month final 12 months, and whereas the Ranger (853) made up 56 per cent of Ford’s general gross sales in NZ, the Focus small automotive (212) and Transit van (95) additionally added to the full.

    Holden, in the meantime, continued its dramatic gross sales slide, dropping by 28 per cent to 1341 models, with the Colorado its high vendor within the ninth spot with 308 gross sales, whereas the Commodore – that ended manufacturing in Australia final month – was 12th with 248.

    Mazda crept up by 2.7 per cent to carry onto fourth place after sturdy gross sales from the Mazda3 and CX-5, however Mitsubishi’s large 27 per cent enhance noticed it seize 971 gross sales, led by the ever in style ASX crossover which was the eighth greatest promoting automotive in NZ final month.

    Hyundai loved a bumper month with a 45 per cent hike over final October, which pushed Nissan to seventh general after a 22 per cent slide.

    Kia’s resurgence continued with a 28 per cent leap over final October, hitting 585 gross sales because of the Sportage’s haul of 354, of which 100 have been leases.

    A robust exhibiting from the new-generation Swift hatchback ensured Suzuki gross sales grew 33.7 per cent, whereas Volkswagen rounded out the highest 10 with 400 models, a 16 per cent slide.

    Toyota was the market chief within the passenger and SUV phase with 31 per cent market share (3410 models), adopted by Holden on 9 per cent (1006) and Mazda with eight.zero per cent of the market (903).

    Model T additionally led the LCV phase with 24 per cent (1047) adopted by Ford with 21 per cent (948) and Holden in third with eight.zero per cent (335).

    In addition to the Corolla’s large haul, the opposite high promoting leases have been the RAV4 and Highlander, adopted by the Mazda3 and Mitsubishi ASX.

    NZ High 10 makes October 2017
    Rank Make Gross sales Share %
    1 Toyota 4457 28.7
    2 Ford 1530 9.eight
    three Holden 1341 eight.6
    four Mazda 1096 7.zero
    5 Mitsubishi 971 6.2
    6 Hyundai 862 5.5
    7 Nissan 608 three.9
    eight Kia 585 three.eight
    9 Suzuki 560 three.6
    10 Volkswagen 400 2.5