The Land Transport Safety Authority has reported continued growth in the number of new vehicles and used imports
registered within New Zealand throughout the first quarter of 2000.
New car registrations, at 15,012, show an 8.8 per cent increase in the March quarter compared to the same period last
year, according to figures released today by the LTSA. New commercial vehicles recorded a 25.2 percent increase to 4,023
registrations for the same period.
During March 2000, a total of 7,391 cars and commercial vehicles were registered as ‘new’ compared to 6,903 in March of
Of the 5,728 new cars registered, Toyota led the way with 884 (15.4 per cent of the market), Nissan was in second place
with 794 new cars registered (13.9 per cent), followed by Ford with 761 (13.3 per cent) and Holden with 711 (12.4 per
The Holden Commodore continues to lead as the most popular new car registered (432), followed by the Ford Falcon (392)
and Toyota Camry (282).
Amongst 1,663 new commercial vehicles registered, Toyota led the way with 399 (a market share of 24 per cent) followed
by Ford with 387 (23.3 per cent), Nissan with 243 (14.6 per cent) and Mitsubishi with 209 (12.6 per cent).
The top three commercial vehicles registered during March were the Toyota Hilux (217), closely followed by the Ford
Courier (214) and Nissan Navara (206).
Total car registrations for March of 16,936 (including used imports) showed a 2.1 per cent increase over March 1999,
while registrations of commercial vehicles increased by 7.7 per cent to 2,409 (including used imports) over March last