Boosted by an annual agricultural show, registration of 15,985 vehicles in New Zealand in June set records both for that month and for any month of the year.

Year to date the new vehicle sector was 14.6% (10,095 units) up year on year with 79,131 sales.

Passenger car and SUV registrations rose 10.8% to 10,181 units while the Fieldays event helped a 28.6% rise, to 5,804, in commercial vehicle sales last month. This was the best June ever for CVs and also their strongest since the local Motor Industry Association (MIA) began compiling data in 1975. 

Toyota remained overall market leader with 21% market share (3,310 units), followed by Ford with 11% (1,689 units) and GM Holden with 8% market share (1352 units).

Toyota was also the market leader for passenger and SUV registrations with 20% market share (2,011 units) followed by Mazda with 9% (940 units) and Hyundai with 8% market share (829 units). The top selling passenger and SUV models for the month were all Toyota models; the Corolla (508 units), Highlander (451 units) and RAV4 (412 units). 

In the commercial sector, Toyota was also again market leader with 22% (1,299 units) followed by Ford with 21% (1,230 units) and Holden a distant third with 11% market share (666 units).

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For the month of June, the Ford Ranger remained the best selling vehicle model with 1,178 units, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 964 units, and the Holden Colorado with 650 units.

Year to date, the top three selling models were Ranger with 4,976 units followed by the Hilux with 4,065 units and the Colorado with 2,384 units. 

In June, four of the top five vehicle segments were dominated by SUVs and utes (pickup trucks).  

"While the 2017 Agricultural Fieldays held at the beginning of June boosted the volume of new vehicles sales for the month, low interest rates, strong net immigration, strong New Zealand currency and a healthy tourism market (car rentals) continue to underpin sales of new vehicles," said MIA CEO David Crawford.