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June 5, 2003

NEW ZEALAND: New car registrations up 10.7% year on year in May

New Zealand new car registrations totalled 5,560 in May, up 10.7% from May 2002, the Land Transport Safety Authority said on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Used car registrations -- generally imported used cars, mostly from Japan -- totalled 14,194 last month, 22.2% ahead of a year ago, the government agency said in a statement, according to the news agency.

By bcusack

New Zealand new car registrations totalled 5,560 in May, up 10.7% from May 2002, the Land Transport Safety Authority said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Used car registrations — generally imported used cars, mostly from Japan — totalled 14,194 last month, 22.2% ahead of a year ago, the government agency said in a statement, according to the news agency.

Reuters said new commercial vehicle registrations during the month were 1,738, up 18% from the 1,473 recorded a month earlier, and down 2.9% on May last year.

The top selling make in May was Ford with 1,128 new cars, followed by General Motors’ Holden with 1,025 new cars, Reuters added.

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