NEW Zealand’s new-vehicle market achieved its fifth consecutive annual gross sales document in 2018, with Toyota dominating with a 20.zero per cent share however conceding the title of best-selling mannequin to Ford’s Ranger ute for the fourth 12 months in a row.
In complete, 161,519 new autos have been bought to Kiwis final 12 months – a slim 1.zero per cent, or 1648-unit, enchancment over the 2017 tally.
Nevertheless, NZ Motor Trade Affiliation (MIA) chief govt officer David Crawford cautioned that the market’s run of consecutive annual information will seemingly come to an finish this 12 months.
“Given present international financial components, distributor expectations for 2019 point out a softening of the market,” he mentioned. “Additional regular development within the new-vehicle sector above 2018 outturn shouldn’t be anticipated.”
General gross sales of passenger vehicles and SUVs have been barely down, by zero.four per cent (403 models), over the earlier 12 months, whereas light-commercial autos picked up the slack, rising by four.zero per cent (2049 models).
SUVs and LCVs have been once more clear favourites in NZ in 2018, with mid-size SUVs claiming the biggest market share, at 16.eight per cent, forward of pick-up/cab-chassis 4x4s (14.eight%), small SUVs (13.zero%) and enormous SUVs (11.5%).
Within the model gross sales race, Toyota accelerated forward of the pack with 32,260 autos bought – simply 22 models behind its 2017 complete.
The Japanese marque had three fashions within the high 10 – the HiLux ute, Corolla small automotive and RAV4 mid-size SUV – whereas its Highlander/Kluger giant SUV (2681 models, -1.6%) and HiAce van (2505, -16.1%) completed instantly exterior of it, in 11th and 12th place respectively.
Ford (16,366 models) slipped by 2.7 per cent however held onto second place, with the ever-improving Ranger (9904, +5.2%) answerable for 60.5 per cent of its gross sales.
Holden (13,046 models) retained third place, regardless of its quantity dipping by 9.5 per cent, with the recognition of its essential Colorado ute (4583, +four.three%) unable to create total development.
A resurgent Mitsubishi bought 12,320 autos (+7.5%) and ascended to fourth place on the again of the Triton ute (4720, +16.zero%), in addition to the ASX small SUV (2436) and Outlander mid-size SUV (2405, -15.four%) that completed simply behind the Highlander/Kluger and HiAce.
Correspondingly, Mazda slipped to fifth place, promoting 12,238 autos (+103 models), most of which have been the CX-5 mid-size SUV (3695, +14.2%).
Nissan (8311 models, +6.zero%) and Hyundai (8098, +2.6%) additionally switched positions, claiming sixth and seventh respectively, with the previous’s Navara ute (3655, +19.6%) offering the raise required to make the transfer.
Equally, an enhancing Kia (6885 models, +6.2%) returned fireplace at a declining Suzuki (6519, -6.6%), buying and selling ninth place for eighth, whereas Volkswagen (5909) grew by 6.zero per cent to spherical out the highest 10.
As talked about, the facelifted Ranger led all comers to turn out to be the top-selling mannequin once more, protecting the HiLux, which bought 20 extra autos than it did in 2017, at 8086 models, in second place.
Toyota’s not too long ago up to date Corolla (7300 models, -6.four%) and soon-to-be-replaced RAV4 (4964, +7.2%) carried out nicely sufficient to say third and fourth place respectively, punctuating its continued dominance.
The Triton, Colorado, CX-5 and Navara completed within the subsequent 4 positions, whereas Kia’s slowing Sportage mid-size SUV (3289 models, -7.5%) and Suzuki’s rising Swift mild automotive (3034, +25.5%) took ninth and 10th place respectively.
NZ high 10 promoting manufacturers 2018
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NZ high 10 promoting fashions 2018
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