More new cars in Marlborough

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:49 15/01/2013
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The number of new cars on Marlborough roads increased between 2011 and last year, more than the national average of new cars for the same period, Motor Trade Association statistics show.

According to the Motor Trade Association, Blenheim had 26 per cent more new passenger cars on its roads, as well as an increase of 70 per cent in the amount of new commercial vehicles.

This was in contrast to the overall 20 per cent increase in passenger vehicles, and 16 per cent increase in commercial vehicles on New Zealand roads for the year ending in December.

Association spokesperson Ian Stronach said the increase in Blenheim this year was not really a surprise, because last year's market was largely driven by provincial areas, including Blenheim, Timaru, Invercargill and Palmerston North.

People in these areas had clearly been replacing their vehicles despite the doom and gloom in areas, such as Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga and Hamilton, Mr Stronach said.

National figures published last week by the association showed the amount of new car sales for 2012 topped 100,000 units for the first time since 1989, and Mr Stronach said this result was unexpected.

"2012 ended up being considerably stronger than anyone had predicted. Forecast growth predictions were easily exceeded."

Toyota was the pick of the market for both new passenger cars, and commercial vehicles, selling a combined total of 21,620 units for the year, holding 21 per cent of the New Zealand vehicle market.

Toyota was followed by Ford and Holden, who held 11 per cent, and 9 per cent respectively.

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- The Marlborough Express

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