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July 4, 2022

New Zealand new vehicle registrations soften

Sales "likely to remain subdued in coming months".

By Graeme Roberts

New Zealand’s Motor Industry Association said 12,049 registrations of new vehicles in June showed the market was weakening in the face of raising costs of living, high fuel prices, continued vehicle supply constraints and a weakening economy.

Registrations of 9,563 passenger cars and SUVs were down 7.2% year on year while the tally of 2,486 new commercial vehicles was a plunge of 48.5% versus June 2021.

Sales were “likely to remain subdued in coming months due to the effect of the clean car taxes”, the MIA said.

Overall, June registrations of all new vehicles were down 20.4% year on year while, year to date, the market has now slipped below 2021, down 3.1% compared to H1 2021.

The three top selling models last month were the Mitsubishi Outlander (903 units), Toyota Hilux (771) and KIA Sportage (661)

Toyota was again overall market leader with an 18% share (2,209 units), followed by Mitsubishi (17%; 2,006) and KIA 12%; 1,408).

Year to date, Mitsubishi retained market share lead with 17% (13,768 units) followed by Toyota (16%; 12,911) and Ford (8%; 6,562).

In a continuing weak market for light commercial vehicles, Toyota dominated with a 37% share (924 units) followed by Ford (12%; 287) and Mitsubishi (7%; 179).

The Toyota Hilux was the best selling commercial model in June with a 31% share (771 units) followed by the Ford Ranger (9%; 225) and the Toyota Hiace (5%; 122).

But the the perennial Ford Ranger (19%; 4,895) led YTD followed by the Hulix (19%; 4,786) and Mitsubishi Triton (17%; 4,461).

Small to medium segments accounted for 67% of June registrations and 57% year to date.

SUV medium took a 26% share followed by SUV compacts (22%) and SUV large (12%).

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