June new vehicle sales in New Zealand continued on an upward trend with 5,786 cars (up 34% year on year) the highest monthly tally for 20 months.

Commercial vehicle registrations rose 22% to 2,218. Year to date new car sales were up 17.4% and, after a slow start to the year, commercial vehicle sales were also ahead of 2009 year to date sales by 807 units or 9.6%.

“It is really encouraging to see these numbers”, said Motor Industry Association CEO Perry Kerr.

“At the beginning of the year we were forecasting around 10% growth on 2009 numbers. So far this year we are 17.4 % ahead.  We have now had six continuous months of growth in new car sales so we are hopeful that we have well and truly turned the corner on 2009."

In the passenger car segment, Toyota was number one (1,337 registrations) in June ahead of Hyundai (579), and GM's Holden (542).  Year to date, Toyota led (5,228) Holden (3,222) and Ford (2,963).

Toyota also took out first place in commercial vehicles (771) ahead of Ford (351) and Nissan (261).  Year to date: Toyota (3,123), Ford (1,282) and Nissan (1,097).

In June the top three selling passenger cars were all Toyotas, the RAV4 (421), Toyota Corolla and Land Cruiser Prado (219 each). Toyota's Hilux was top selling commercial for the month with 539 registrations followed by the Nissan Navara (256) and Ford Ranger (250).