October registrations of new vehicles in New Zealand continued the downward trend for 2020, the Motor Industry Association (MIA) said.

Registrations were 20.6% lower year on year at 11,876 vehicles. 

Year to date sales were down 23.5% to 99,162 which, MIA said, was "consistent with recent months' data confirming our expectations that 2020 will finish about 25% down on 2019 volume".

October saw sales of 107 pure electric vehicles, 60 PHEVs and 787 hybrids.

Registrations of 8,296 passenger vehicles and SUVs for October 2020 were down 22% on 2019 volume while commercial vehicle registrations of 3,580 were down 17.4% year on year.

The top three models were the updated Toyota Hilux (731 units), followed by the Ford Ranger (686) and the Kia Sportage (488).

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Toyota remained overall market leader with a 17% market share followed by Ford (11%) and Kia (9%). 

Kia was market leader for passenger and SUV registrations with 15% share followed by Toyota (13%) and Mazda (8%). 

The top selling passenger and SUV models for the month were the Sportage, Kia Seltos and Toyota Corolla.

Toyota regained commercial vehicle lead with a 27% share followed by Ford (24%) and Mitsubishi (10%).

The Hilux was best selling CV (20%) followed by the Ranger (19%) and Mitsubishi Triton (8%). 

SUV medium vehicles took the largest segment share at 23% share followed by SUV Compact (18%) and Pick Up/Chassis 4×4 (13%).