SAFETY FIRST

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOTORING -

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.

The down­ward­move­ment in the New Zealand dol­lar may be driv­ing

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