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New Vehicle Registrations Show No Signs of Slowing Down

New Vehicle Registrations Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Posted on 24th May 2015 by Russell Phillips

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David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says “April registrations of 2,915 new commercial vehicles is the strongest month of April on record.  There were 6,375 new passenger registrations for the month of April giving a combined outcome for the month of 9,290 units, the strongest month of April for all new vehicle registrations since 1989. April registrations were up 6% (561 units) in April 2014.  Year to date the market is up 7%(2,955 units) compared to this time last year.”

Toyota was the overall market leader for the month of April with 15% market share (1,414 units) followed by Ford with 12% (1,075 units) and Holden with 9% market share (839 units).

New registrations of 6,375 passenger vehicles for the month of April were 224 units higher than for April 2014 and was the highest April since 1989.  Toyota remains the market leader for passenger vehicles with 12% market share (794 units), followed by Mazda with 9% (598 units) and Hyundai third with 9% market share (587 units).  The Toyota Corolla was the top-selling passenger vehicle for the month of April with 4% share (268 units) followed by the Suzuki Swift also with 4% share (233 units) and the Hyundai IX35 with 3% market share (194 units).

New registrations of 2,915 commercial vehicles for the month of April were 337 units higher than for April 2014, and the highest month of April on record.  Year to date the commercial sector is 13.6% (1,449 units) ahead of 2014, which is also the strongest first four months on record for new commercial vehicle registrations.  Toyota was the commercial market leader for the month of April with 21% market share (620 units), followed by Ford with 19% (566 units) and Nissan third with 12% market share (347 units).  The Ford Ranger regained the monthly top selling commercial model for April with 17% market share (487 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux with 14% (401 units) and the Nissan Navara with 12% market share (347 units).  Year to date, the Ford Ranger is the top selling commercial model with 15% market share (1,797 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux on 14% market share (1,699 units).

The top three best-selling models for the month of April were all light commercial vehicles. The Ford Ranger was the top-selling model with 487 units, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 401 units and the Nissan Navara with 347 units. The Toyota Corolla was the fourth best-selling model with 268 units.

The sale of sports utility vehicles segment remains dominant, reflecting international trends, with 31% market share for the month of April followed by pick-ups/chassis-cabs with 22% market share and light passenger cars on 15%.

​“Sales of luxury vehicles is lightly up on this time last year.  New registrations of 2,577 units a year to date for Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz is up 2% (43 units) for the same period in 2014” said Mr Crawford.