New vehicle sales provide strongest August since 2007

Friday 7 September 2012, 2:46PM
By Motor Trade Association

MTA says last month, 8,175 new vehicles were sold overall, compared to 7,465 in August 2011. This is an increase of 710 units (9 percent), making it the strongest August sales month since 2007. Year to date, overall sales are up by 10,203 units (18 percent).

MTA spokesperson Ian Stronach said “August continued the positive trend we’ve been seeing all year. It’s always pleasing to see both passenger and commercial vehicle sales strengthening in tandem. That’s a sign that there is real growth in both confidence and sales. Dealers were cautious about prospects for August after such a strong run earlier in the year, but the market seems to be maintaining good momentum.”

New car sales of 5,969 units were ahead by 192 units (3 percent) compared to the same month last year, making 2012 the strongest August sales month for five years. Year to date, new car sales are ahead of 2011 by 8,375 units (20 percent).

New commercial vehicle sales of 2,216 units were ahead by 518 units (30 percent) compared to August 2011, making 2012 the strongest August for commercial vehicle sales in seven years. Year to date, overall new commercial sales are ahead of 2011 by 1,828 units (13 percent).

Top selling passenger car brands:

  • Toyota   869 units    15 percent market share
  • Ford  712 units  12 percent market share
  • Holden  626 units  11 percent market share

Top selling passenger car models:

  • Ford Focus  282 units
  • Toyota Corolla 262 units
  • Holden Captiva 238 units


Top selling commercial vehicle brands:


  • Toyota   584 units    22 percent market share
  • Ford  346 units  16 percent market share
  • Holden  253 units  11 percent market share

Top selling commercial vehicle models:

  • Toyota HiLux 341 units   
  • Ford Ranger  283 units 
  • Toyota HiAce 231 units 

Used import car sales of 6,621 units were 97 units (1 percent) behind August 2011. Year to date, sales of used imported cars are down by 2,833 units (5 percent).

Warmer temperatures seem to have brought new life to the on-road motorcycle market with sales of 401 units being the best since May. August’s sales were 17 units (4 percent) ahead of the same month in 2011. For the year to date, on-road motorcycle sales are down by 683 units (16 percent).

Top selling on road motorcycle brands:

  • Suzuki   64 units      16 percent market share
  • Honda                 35 units         8 percent market share
  • Harley Davidson 33 units      8  percent market share

Figures provided by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).