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FORD’S RANGER UTE WAS NEW ZEALAND’S BEST-SELLING NEW vehicle in 2017, leading a market that set a new record of 159,871 registrations.
The Ford truck was the best-selling overall vehicle for the second year running, logging 9420 registrations, more than a 1000 more than the 8501 it recorded in 2016.
Reflecting New Zealanders’ love affair with utes, the Toyota Hilux was the second biggest-selling new vehicle last year; Toyota retailed 8106, a significant rise on the truck’s 2016 showing of 6198 registrations.
The third best-seller was a car, Toyota’s Corolla, with 7797 sales, a total boosted by significant sales to rental car companies.
David Crawford, the chief executive of the Motor Industry Association (MIA) which represents new vehicle distributors, says members believe current activity levels will continue, but they don’t expect to see sales grow in the way they did in 2017.
He says that in December – the most recent month for which sales figures were available when LCV Magazine went to press – registrations were 9.6 percent (980 units) up on the same month of 2016.
“A continued robust tourism sector, which in turn drove healthy sales of rental vehicles, helped to make…december the strongest on record with 11,570 new vehicle registrations.”
That took the 2017 calendar year to an all-time record for the fourth year running. Registrations were nine percent (13,118 vehicles) above 2061’s.
Commercial vehicle sales rose by 16.2 percent – 7173 registrations up on 2016; and passenger and SUV sales for 2017 were up by 5945 units and 5.8 percent.
Toyota led the overall market in December with 2992 sales and a 26 percent share of the cake.
That share was more than two-and-a-half times higher than secondplaced Holden which was on 10 percent (1142 units); Mitsubishi was third with eight percent and 947 sales.
Toyota was also ahead in passenger and SUV registrations with a massive 29 percent market share from 2397 sales, followed by Holden with eight percent (669 units) and Mitsubishi, also with an eight percent share from 662 registrations.
The top selling passenger and SUV models in December were the Toyota Corolla (1116 sales of which 1011 were rentals); the Toyota RAV4 (516 units of which 309 were rentals) and the Mitsubishi ASX (287 registrations).
Ford led the commercial vehicle market with a 19 percent share and 657 sales, from Toyota with 17 percent and 595 registrations. Holden
was third with 14 percent of the market, achieved by 473 sales.
The Ranger was December’s best-selling commercial model with 17 percent market share and 597 sales.
The Hilux was second with 442 registrations and 13 percent market share (442 units) closely followed by the Holden Colorado – also with 13 percent but from 439 sales.
Crawford says November had also been a record month, with 14,594 new vehicle registrations.
November sales took the year-to-date tally past the total achieved in the full year in 2016.
By the end of November, 148,335 new vehicle had been registered, exceeding the 2016 full year total of 146,753 vehicles by 1582.
Toyota led the overall market with a 22 percent share from 3227 sales, followed by Ford with 11 percent (1546 units) and Holden (10 percent and 1489 registrations.
Toyota led passenger and SUV registrations with 23 percent market share and 2358 registrations, followed by Holden with 11 percent (1149 units) and Mazda with nine percent and 904 sales. The Toyota Corolla was the segment’s top-seller with 814 units, followed by the Toyota RAV4 (645); the Highlander completed a Toyota clean sweep of the podium with 445 sales.
Ford led the commercial vehicle sector in November, with 943 registrations and 22 percent of the action.
Toyota was next with 20 percent and 869 sales, followed in a distant third by Holden with eight percent market share and 340 registrations.
The Ford Ranger was the best-selling commercial model with 20 percent share (874 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux with 14 percent and 620 sales.
Crawford says vehicle segmentation in 2017 reflected the changing patterns of new vehicle registrations with SUVS and light commericals dominating the market.
Only the small vehicle segment broke into the top five spots with a 12 percent share. The top two segments were medium SUVS with 17 percent share (26,515 units) followed by the Pick Up/chassis Cab 4x4 segment with 14 percent (22,175 sales). Large and compact SUVS rounded out the top five spots with 11 percent of the market each.
In the luxury passenger and SUV sector, Mercedes-benz retained the 2017 market leader spot with 2540 registrations, followed by Audi with 2060, and BMW with 1954.
Above: Ford’s Ranger outpaced all cars and SUVS in the NZ car market last year to be best-selling vehicle overall. Below left: Emphasising the importance of utes, the Toyota Hilux was second best-selling new vehicle overall. Below right: Mitsubishi’s popular ASX compact wagon was second best-selling SUV last December.
Strong sales to rental car companies helped Toyota’s RAV4 to be best-selling SUV in December 2017.