Registrations of SUVs and light trucks in New Zealand continue to dominate a new vehicle market that shows no signs of slowing down.
The best-selling passenger cars in February were SUVs and the best-selling vehicles overall were light trucks.
The Kia Sportage (above) and Mazda CX-3 topped the monthly car segment with sales of 236 units each, and the Ford Ranger (582), Toyota Hilux (444) and Mitsubishi Triton (289) utes headed the field.
After the first two months of 2016 the Ranger leads the annual sales race with 1243 units, almost 300 ahead of second-placed Toyota Corolla.
February sales of commercial vehicles were up 10.6 per cent (300) on the same month last year. Passenger cars were up almost 2 per cent (136).
Motor Industry Association CEO David Crawford said new vehicle sales this year were already up 3 per cent (662 units) on the same two months last year.
“Strong net immigration, a healthy tourism sector and a competitive market are helping to drive sales,” he said.
“The anticipated slowdown in new vehicle registrations has yet to materialise as businesses and consumers continued to buy new vehicles at unprecedented rates.”
February sales of 10,313 units were made up of 7192 passenger cars and 3121 commercials, the strongest February since 1984. There were 22,199 new vehicles registered in January and February.
The top 15 passenger cars in January and February accounted for 6261 out of the 16,084 registered. Of those 6261, 53 per cent (3314) were SUVs.