The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING - Com­piled by Dave Moore

SUVs are set to be half of all new ve­hi­cle sales in New Zealand

Kiwi de­mand for Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cles is among the high­est in the world with an­nual growth up to 44 per cent. Automotive in­dus­try ex­perts are pick­ing the sales trend to con­tinue.

Some are even pre­dict­ing that SUVs will equate to half of all new pas­sen­ger cars sold within the next three years. They al­ready rep­re­sent 47 per cent of cars sold this year.

The fastest grow­ing cat­e­gory across new pas­sen­ger and com­mer­cial sales, SUV sales growth has been at around 27 per cent per an­num for the past five years. Last year 37,000 new SUVs were sold, com­pared to 53,000 pas­sen­ger cars.

Im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency and safety fea­tures, greater range avail­abil­ity and bet­ter priced Euro­pean mod­els are con­tribut­ing to the sales lift.

For in­stance, Volvo’s New Zealand SUV sales are up 130 per cent, in­creas­ing at a faster rate here than any­where else in the world.


The new Volvo CX90 is one of the mod­els at­tract­ing Kiwi car buy­ers to SUVs.

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