Sales of new vehicles rose 17% in August, versus August 2009, with a big jump in the registration of commercial vehicles.
Perry Kerr, CEO of the Motor Industry Association, said August's sales included 4,720 passenger cars and 1,717 commercial vehicles.
Passenger car registrations were just below 7% higher than August 2009 and year to date are up nearly 14% on 2009. However, August commercial registrations were the stand out, surging 60% from August 2009. However, Kerr noted that at 1,076, registrations in August 2009, were among the lowest recorded. Year to date commercial registrations are up 16%.
“This volume could be even higher but members are being constrained by a lack of stock in some areas”, said Kerr.
For the total overall market Toyota came out on top with 1,104 registrations followed by Ford with 790 and Mazda third with 604 registrations. These placings were repeated in the passenger car market with Toyota selling 686 vehicles, Ford 516 and Mazda 480 vehicles. Commercial vehicle registrations had Toyota leading with 418, Ford second with 274 and Nissan third with 242.
The best selling passenger car of the month was the Toyota Corolla with 224 registrations, followed by the Suzuki Swift with 208 and the Mazda6 with 177.
Overall, the Toyota Hilux was the biggest seller in August with 247 registrations. There were 218 Nissan Navara registrations and 181 for Ford Rangers.