Sales of both new and used cars in New Zealand for the first quarter of 2002 were comfortably ahead of the same period last year. Total new vehicle industry volume was up by 13 percent while new car volume grew by 11 percent, writes Donn Anderson. Used car import sales were pushed by a race to beat an April deadline for compliance with new crash safety regulations. They reached 37,465 for the first quarter, a hike of almost 26 percent over the first quarter of 2001.