Kiwi motorists have fresh information to assist them in assessing the safety of used vehicles.
The 2015 Used Car Safety Ratings guide offers guidance on the performance of nearly 220 models based on real world crash data from New Zealand and Australia.
It gives 44 per cent of assessed used vehicles an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating for occupant protection in a crash.
However, only 10 per cent – 21 out of 217 – earned a ‘safe pick’ rating, offering good crash protection for occupants in other vehicles, as well as pedestrians and motorcyclists.
For the first time a used vehicle in the ‘light car’ category earned an ‘excellent’ rating – the Ford Fiesta, manufactured between 2009 and 2013.
71 models were considered ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ and should not be considered as a safe purchase.
SALES RECORD LOOMS
Total new and used-import vehicle registrations for August 2015 surged ahead 8 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The latest NZTA figures show that the market is still on track to set an all-time sales record.
New passenger car sales were up 9 per cent while used-imported car numbers grew by 7 per cent over August 2014
New commercial vehicle sales were up by 11 per cent, and usedcommercials up by 10 per cent.
Toyota’s Corolla and Rav4 led the August new sales ladder, with the Suzuki Swift most popular used import.
Commercial utilities continue to be big sellers. The Ford Ranger leads with 735 sales in August, 191 sales ahead of the Toyota Hilux in second place on 544 sales.
New and used importmotorcycle sales also surged ahead, up 16 per cent on August last year.
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