The Tribune (NZ) - - CARS -

April 2016 was when, for the first time, SUVs over­took cars as a Kiwi ve­hi­cle pref­er­ence.

April’s fig­ures show 3642 Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cles were sold – a 36 per cent share of the to­tal new ve­hi­cle mar­ket. Tra­di­tional sedans, hatch­backs and wag­ons (3040 sales) posted a 30 per cent share.

Utes are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing solid sales growth too, reach­ing a 21 per cent mar­ket share, and sig­nif­i­cantly, four of the five best-sell­ing ve­hi­cles in the coun­try are utes.

De­spite dif­fi­cul­ties in sec­tors of the econ­omy, the ‘‘gang­busters’’ sales surge in new ve­hi­cles con­tin­ues and that’s with the tra­di­tion­ally strong­est sales months of June, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber still to come.

Most pop­u­lar SUV ytd, April: Toy­ota RAV4, 991 sales; Mazda CX-5, 944; Kia Sportage, 820; Hyundai Santa Fe, 702; Hyundai Tuc­son, 682; Nis­san Qashqai, 636; Nis­san X-Trail, 598; Toy­ota High­lander, 562; Mazda CX-3, 535.

Most pop­u­lar ute ytd, April: Ford Ranger, 2410; Toy­ota Hilux, 1880; Mit­subishi Tri­ton, 1108; Nis­san Navara, 1012; Holden Colorado, 985; Isuzu D-Max, 681; Mazda BT-50, 497; Ssang Yong Ac­tyon, 322; Volk­swa­gen Amarok, 239; Fo­ton Tun­land, 187.

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