For the second consecutive year, the Ford Ranger has held its position as New Zealand’s top selling vehicle.
The popular ute beat off fierce competition from the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Hilux, to come out on top in a year that saw records broken with registrations of new vehicles up 9.5% on those in 2015.
Last month the Ford Ranger took home the Best in Class - Utility trophy at the New Zealand Car of the Year awards, a title it has claimed for a number of years now, but it was only last year that it toppled the popular Corolla from the top-selling vehicles list.
Toyota will no doubt still be celebrating though as it maintained its position as the market leader in passenger vehicles in 2016, thanks to the performance of its Corolla (6,274 vehicles registered) and the RAV4 which came in second (3,612). The Kia Sportage ended in third place (3,061) within the segment.
Overall, there were 102,514 new registrations of passenger vehicles and SUVs in 2016, breaking the previous record of 97,346 which dated back to 1973. On top of that, for the first time in New Zealand history, more SUVs were sold (36%) than passenger vehicles (35%).
The Ranger was the year’s biggest selling commercial vehicle shifting 8,478 units, followed by the Toyota Hilux (6,187) and the Holden Colorado (3,739).
The top 10 selling vehicles in New Zealand 2016 were:
1. Ford Ranger (8,478)
2. Toyota Corolla (6,274)
3. Toyota Hilux (6,187)
4. Holden Colorado (3,739)
5. Toyota RAV4 (3,612)
6. Mitsubishi Triton (3,182)
7. Nissan Navara (3,093)
8. Kia Sportage (3,061)
9. Mazda CX-5 (2,841)
10. Hyundai Tucson (2,650)