New passenger and commercial vehicle registrations in New Zealand in September rose 5% year on year to 12,474 units, a record for the month. Toyota remained the overall market leader with 19% market share followed by Ford (12%) and Holden (11%). Year to date Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mazda and Hyundai remained the top five brands overall.

Passenger car registrations rose 5.4% to 8,835 vehicles last month, the strongest September result since 1987. Toyota again was passenger leader with 17% market share followed by Holden (12%) and Mazda (10%). Year to date, Toyota, Holden and Mazda were passenger vehicle market leaders. The Toyota Corolla was the top selling passenger model for September followed by the Holden Commodore and Mazda 3.  

New commercial vehicle registrations rose 5.2% to 3,639 units. The Ford Ranger was top seller followed by the Toyota Hilux and Holden Colorado. 

The Ranger was also the top selling individual nameplate last month, followed by the Corolla and Hilux. 

Sports utility vehicles remained the dominant vehicle segment with 33% market share last month and year to date.

"If registrations of new vehicles continue at the pace for the first nine months of the year, the industry will easily break the 130,000 unit barrier in 2015 for the first time ever" said David Crawford, chief executive officer of the Motor Industry Association. "The new vehicle market continues to flout general economic indicators."