Commercial vehicle sales set August record

00:09, Sep 05 2014
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More new commercial vehicles were registered last month than in any other August.

Motor industry statistics released today show that 3106 new commercial vehicles were registered in August, the most for the month since records began.

And 7083 new passenger vehicles were sold last month, up 3.7 per cent on August last year.

Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford said the record commercial vehicle sales reflected continued strong demand in the sector.

"If this trend continues it is possible total commercial vehicle sales for 2014 could exceed a staggering 36,000 units, some 5000 units above 2013 and 13,000 units above 2012," he said.

In total, 10,189 new vehicles were registered in August, the most sales for the month since 1984.

The Ford Ranger was the most popular new vehicle sold last month, followed by the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Hilux.

Toyota was the most popular make of car overall, selling 1857 units, followed by Ford and Holden.

"The strong New Zealand dollar and healthy economic confidence, combined with competitive pricing, are fuelling the strong demand for new vehicles, returning sales to above pre-financial crisis levels," Crawford said.