Top pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle sur­prise

South Waikato News - - Motoring - ROB MAETZIG

New ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions con­tinue to ac­cel­er­ate to record lev­els in New Zealand, de­spite some dis­trib­u­tors suf­fer­ing from sup­ply con­straints.

April recorded 10,635 reg­is­tra­tions, which meant that the open­ing four months of year were 13 per cent ahead of the same pe­riod in 2016 - 50,059 vehicles reg­is­tered compared to 44,210.

"April’s reg­is­tra­tions made it the strong­est month of April on record, and it was only the sec­ond time since the Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan col­lect­ing data that the month of April has sur­passed 10,000 units - the other time was way back in 1982," said MIA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Craw­ford.

"The April reg­is­tra­tions con­firm ro­bust growth in the new ve­hi­cle sec­tor which con­tin­ues to per­form above mar­ket ex­pec­ta­tions. It could have been even greater if it were not for sup­ply con­straints faced by some dis­trib­u­tors."

While reg­is­tra­tions of 6996 pas­sen­ger cars and SUVS were up a mod­est 3 per cent over April 2016, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions were 3639, a jump of 15.5 per cent - mak­ing it the strong­est April on record.

Toyota re­mains the mar­ket leader with a 17 per cent share, fol­lowed by Ford on 12 per cent and Holden with 8 per cent.

Toyota was also the mar­ket leader for pas­sen­ger and SUV reg­is­tra­tions with a 14 per cent share, fol­lowed by Mazda 10 per cent.

But Toyota didn’t have the most pop­u­lar pas­sen­ger or com­mer­cial vehicles for the month.

The pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle hon­our went to the Mazda CX-5 SUV, which achieved 264 reg­is­tra­tions. About half of these reg­is­tra­tions were the brand-new model which has just been re­leased. Fel­low medium-sized SUVS the Kia Sportage and the Toyota RAV4 took sec­ond and third place.

Ford’s Ranger ute re­mained at the top of the com­mer­cial and over­all sales lad­der with 698 reg­is­tra­tions, fol­lowed by the Toyota Hilux and the Holden Colorado. Ford Ranger ute 698 Toyota Hilux ute 571 Holden Colorado ute 312 Mit­subishi Tri­ton ute 299 Mazda CX-5 SUV 264 Nissan Navara ute 263 Kia Sportage SUV 250 Toyota RAV4 SUV 237 Toyota Corolla 211 Mit­subishi Out­lander SUV 209

Mazda’s CX-5 was the most pop­u­lar pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle in April. Al­most half its 264 reg­is­tra­tions were this brand­new sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion ver­sion.

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