Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


NZ’s taste in vehicles shifting


Media Release 17 January 2014

NZ’s taste in vehicles shifting

Rising fuel prices have had a significant effect on the makeup of the New Zealand vehicle fleet in recent years, says Motor Trade Association (MTA).

A review of the top-selling (combined new and used import sales) models over the five-year period between 2009 and 2013 shows sales during this period were dominated by smaller, four-cylinder models.

This sharply contrasts to the results of the previous five-year review (carried out in 2011), where there was a much wider spread in the most popular types of vehicles.

Between 2009 and 2013, smaller capacity engine cars were the order of the day. Toyota’s Corolla continued to dominate the market, both as a new vehicle and as a used import, with volumes almost evenly split during that time. It was a clear leader over the Suzuki Swift, Toyota Vitz/Yaris and Mazda Axela/3.

In fact, the only non-four-cylinder model to make it into the top 10, was the 10th placed Holden Commodore, almost entirely on the back of its sales as a new car.

This year’s review is the first to include commercial vehicles, and saw Toyota’s Hilux and Hiace models included, thanks to their sales as new vehicles, MTA spokesperson Ian Stronach says.

“At the start of 2009, 91 octane petrol was selling for roughly $1.63 a litre; by the end of 2013, it was close to $2.20 a litre. With petrol costs increasing around 35 percent in that time, it was entirely predictable that there would be a swing to smaller-engined cars,” Stronach says.

“The major surprise is that traditional favourites, like Subaru’s Legacy (from 2nd to 8th place) and the Holden Commodore (from 3rd to 10th) have dropped significantly down the order.”

The review also saw some familiar names drop out of the top 10 altogether, as many buyers have moved to different value imperatives. Those to drop out include long-time favourites such as Ford’s Falcon, BMW’s 3 Series and Subaru’s Impreza. The fall in relative popularity of “people movers” was also evident with previously favoured models, like Toyota’s Estima/Lucida and the Honda Odyssey, falling outside the top 10.

However, in some cases, changes in availability of vehicles as used imports from Japan were as much responsible for movements in final standings as shifts in buyer preference.

“Kiwis continue to have very strong bonds with their cars. But at the same time, they can be pretty hard-headed about it too. If conditions shift to any great degree, then yesterday’s favourites can quickly find themselves down the popularity ladder – and most that fall find it hard to ever reclaim their former spot,” Stronach says.

Top 10 vehicle models sold 2009–13 vs 2006–11 (combined new and used import sales of passenger and commercial vehicles)

 2009–20132006–2011
1Toyota CorollaToyota Corolla
2Suzuki SwiftSubaru Legacy
3Toyota Vitz/YarisHolden Commodore
4Mazda Axela/3Suzuki Swift
5Toyota HiluxBMW 3 Series
6Mazda Atenza/6Toyota Estima/Lucida
7Mazda Demio/2Honda Odyssey
8Subaru LegacyFord Falcon
9Toyota HiaceSubaru Impreza
10Holden CommodoreNissan Primera

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1401/Top_10_models_20062011.pdf

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1401/Top_10_models_20092013.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news