Get it Right
While doing research for our Business Cars of the Year ratings for this year, I checked on the safety ratings of each car we had tested. First up I used the NZTA’S “Right Car” website, and using its search facility saw that many of the latest cars were “not rated”. Funny, I thought, since I was certain some of them had been tested by ANCAP. So I went to the ANCAP website www. ancap.co.au, and sure enough all the ones I was looking at HAD been rated, and were in fact five-star cars. The problem here is that many people base their buying decisions (rightly so) on the safety ratings of the cars they are looking at. And the Right Car website is supposedly designed to assist in that decision making. I had a look at the AA’S website, too, and I found it interesting that when talking about new car safety ratings, the AA offers a link to the ANCAP website, not to Right Car. Is this a case of just another government department website that’s not doing its job properly – and duplicating effort that’s being done better elsewhere? And if so, why?
Sales up again
On a happier note, sales figures are out for October, as I write, and once more the record book was rewritten, providing the best October sales since July 1984. The 14,000 monthly sales tally was beaten for the first time, with 14,709 new vehicles sold, and we’re 9,605 units ahead of where we were this time last year, which indicates a new record approaching for the full year. Last year we hit 134,041 in total; this year, with two months to go, we’re already on 121,815. Do I hear 150,000? “New vehicle sales are a barometer of businesses and consumer’s confidence in the economy. The record sales for the month of October indicates that there is a strong level of confidence in the performance of the New Zealand economy,” says Motor Industry Association president John Manley. Toyota was the overall market leader for October with 22 percent market share (3,287 units) with Holden second on 13 percent (1,866 units) and Ford third with 11 percent (1,624 units). Toyota remains the passenger car and SUV market leader for October with 23 percent share (2,468 units), with Holden second on 14 percent (1,490 units) and Mazda third with eight percent (912 units). Ford retained the commercial vehicle market with 21 percent share (839 units) followed by Toyota also with 21 percent (819 units) and Holden third with 10 percent (376 units). The Toyota Corolla was the top selling passenger model for the month of October with 11 percent market share (1,210 units), followed by the Toyota Yaris on three percent (362 units) and the Holden Commodore on three percent (356 units). The Ford Ranger is again the monthly top selling commercial model for October with 20 percent market share (768 units), and the Toyota Hilux second with 13 percent market share (512 units), followed by the Holden Colorado on nine percent (345 units). Year to date the Ford Ranger has stretched its lead as the top selling commercial model with 19 percent market share (7,173 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux, with 14 percent market share (5,299 units). The passenger segments have 38 percent for the month of October, followed by the SUV segments with 35 percent, and the light commercial segments with 26 percent share. Here’s the top 20 for the overall market, year to date: 1. Ford Ranger ____________________ 7,173 2. Toyota Hilux ____________________ 5,299 3. Toyota Corolla __________________ 4,789 4. Holden Colorado _______________ 3,104 5. Toyota RAV4____________________ 2,810 6. Mitsubishi Triton ________________ 2,667 7. Nissan Navara __________________ 2,616 8. Kia Sportage ___________________ 2,600 9. Mazda CX-5 ____________________ 2,427 10. Toyota Hiace ___________________ 2,208 11. Holden Commodore_____________ 2,188 12. Suzuki Swift ____________________ 2,153 13. Mazda3 ________________________ 2,084 14. Hyundai Tucson ________________ 2,057 15. Isuzu D-max ___________________ 1,993 16. Toyota Yaris ____________________ 1,836 17. Hyundai Santa Fe _______________ 1,772 18. Holden Captiva _________________ 1,747 19. Nissan X-trail___________________ 1,568 20. M__a_z_d_a__b_t_-_5_0________ 1,543
Well we don’t have any geese to fatten up, but the old man’s hat could do with a bit of a boost as we prepare for Christmas and the New Year! Certainly we’re gearing up to have a good time, but by all accounts it’s going to all be within walking distance of home, give or take the odd lift/responsible driver/taxi. Although I’d like to go out to the bright lights, I’m more afraid of the blue lights, so circumspection is very much the key word for this Christmas season. That said, I hope you all manage to have a really good time, and let’s keep it all on the island so we can come back next year! All the very best to all of you, from all of us at Company vehicle.