New Zealand auto market sales grew 15.4% in January, to 8, 681 units, the highest January level since 2008, due to a big raise in passenger car registrations.
Motor Industry Association chief executive officer Perry Kerr declared that the new-vehicle industry had had a strong start to the year “which hopefully is an indication of things to come”. Credits go to Toyota who led the market with 1,977 passenger cars, up 11% commercial sales, and 22.8% share.
“We have a lot of orders stacked up we’re not yet able to deliver, but we hope to be on top by the end of March,” said Toyota NZ chief executive Alistair Davis.
Toyota is followed by Holden up 2.3% with 847 registrations, Ford up 6.9% with 842 registrations and Hyundai up an amazing 54.1% with 840 sales. Although Ford had limited supplies of Focus and Ranger, the January delivers didn’t take anyone by surprise. The company expanded the Focus line-up and expects sales to get better and better, while Ranger supply gradually recovers from the Thailand disaster.
Hyundai had also a good start for the year, after its biggest shipment for the year. Chief operating officer Tom Ruddenklau said: “When we’ve got stock we can do the numbers, and we fulfilled some dealer orders that were on hold for a couple of months.”