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New vehicle sales rise

The new car market rose significantly in August compared with the same month last year. NZTA registration figures show that 5,767 new passenger cars were registered in August 2011 which was up 22.2% (1,047 vehicles) on August 2010.

This is the best result for August since 2007 said Perry Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association. He went on "the industry is very pleased with this result. New vehicle supply is continuing to improve following the devastating earthquake and tsunami damage in Japan. We are now hopeful supply will be back to normal this month (October) or next."

Sales of 1,698 new commercial vehicles were down slightly (1%) on August 2011, however on a year to date basis this sector is running 16.3% (2,024 vehicles) up on 2010.

The recent interchanging position of the top players in the passenger car market has continued this month. Toyota remains in first place with 13.3% followed in second place by Hyundai (10.7%) with Ford third (10%). The commercial vehicle segment has remained stable with Toyota leading (26.4%) Ford second (9.9%) and Nissan third (8.3%).

The top selling passenger car model for August was the Mazda3 (271 vehicles) followed by the Suzuki Swift (221) and the Hyundai I30 (211). Year to date the Suzuki Swift (2,199) is the top selling passenger car, for the second month running. In second place is the Toyota Corolla (2,089) followed by the Holden Commodore (1,705). In the commercial segment the Toyota Hilux continued to be the country's top selling model (340), followed by the Nissan Navara (127) with the Ford Ranger in third (106) just pipping the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (105).

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