Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Vehicle sales improved in all sectors in 2013

Media Release 9 January 2014

Vehicle sales improved in all sectors in 2013

2013 proved to be a very strong and successful year across the whole vehicle sales sector. Sales records were set in some segments, while others recorded their best performance in many years.

Motor Trade Association (MTA) spokesperson Ian Stronach says the whole market has been improving in general in recent years, but 2013 proved to be exceptional with improvements in every sector MTA monitored.

“The performance of the industry set the pace for overall economic recovery, and this seems to be a pattern being repeated in overseas economies; vehicle sales have picked up ahead of improvements in other areas,” Stronach says.

Used import passenger vehicles had another strong year, outselling new passenger vehicles by more than 16,500 units. December sales of 9,534 used import passenger vehicles were 2,415 units (34 percent) ahead of the same month in 2012. During the year, 98,971 units were sold – 20,660 units (26 percent) more than in 2012 – making it the strongest year for used import passenger vehicle sales since 2007.

Toyota was the most popular used passenger vehicle brand in 2013, followed by Nissan and Mazda.

The Mazda Demio was the most popular individual used passenger vehicle model, heading off Nissan’s Tiida and Suzuki’s Swift.

Sales of 6,371 new passenger vehicles in December were up 269 units (15 percent) compared to December 2012. For the full year, sales of 82,433 units were 5,562 units (7 percent) ahead of 2012, making it the best year for new passenger vehicle sales since 1984.

Toyota was also last year’s most popular new passenger vehicle brand, followed by Holden and Hyundai. Predictably, the Corolla was again the most popular individual passenger vehicle model and New Zealand’s best selling model overall, heading off the Suzuki Swift and the Holden Commodore.

Sales of new commercial vehicles, which had performed strongly all year, were also up in December.

The 2,405 units sold were 756 units (46 percent) ahead of December 2012. Full year sales of 30,861 units were 6,937 units (29 percent) ahead of 2012, making 2013 the best year for new commercial vehicle sales on record.

During 2013, Toyota was the most popular new commercial vehicle brand as well, followed by Ford and Nissan. In a closely-contested race, the Toyota Hilux was the most popular new commercial vehicle, ahead of Ford’s Ranger and the Nissan Navara.

Used import commercial vehicles also enjoyed a better year, although sales were well short of those for new commercials. December sales of 562 units were 234 units (71 percent) more than the same month in 2012. During the year, 6,094 units were sold, 2,578 units (73 percent) more than in 2012, making 2013 the strongest year for used import passenger vehicle sales since 2008.

On-road motorcycles rounded out a successful year for the wider vehicle sales sector. December sales of 696 units were 193 units (38 percent) more than December 2012. During the year, 7,024 units were sold, 1,259 units (22 percent) more than in 2012 – making 2013 the strongest year for on-road motorcycle sales since 2008. Sales of smaller motorcycles and scooters (less than 60cc) were up 28 percent for the year, with motorcycles larger than 60cc up by 19 percent.


For the year overall, Suzuki led the market for on-road motorcycle sales, followed by Honda and Harley Davidson.

“After such a stellar year, it is hard to see the market sustaining the same level of growth throughout 2014; however, with predictions of solid growth in the economy as a whole, there’s nothing to suggest it won’t still be a good year for the industry,” says Stronach.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news