SUV SALES SURGE
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.