New Zealand’s love for SUVs manifested in sales of these vehicles in the first half of 2017, as statistics showed that three SUVs accounted for every 10 new cars sold during the period.
The Mitsubishi Triton landed on the top 10 list of the most popular vehicles in the country. Buyers of the vehicle particularly chose the vehicle after changing the image with new features.
In 2016, Auckland Motors explains that the Triton underwent a major upgrade that includes a new turbo-diesel engine and other Mitsubishi parts. The Japanese car maker capitalised on the vehicle’s overhaul during the first half, as it introduced a limited-edition GLX-R model.
This allowed the company to spark renewed interest in the Triton unit among drivers. Sales once again accounted for a significant part of the overall brand, as Mitsubishi recorded a 40% year-over-year increase. The growth also contributed to an overall rise in new car sales after the first half of 2017.
New car sales reached more than 100,000 so far in 2017 after the industry posted a 3% increase in August, according to the Motor Industry Association (MIA). An estimated 13,063 new vehicles changed possession during the month.
Commercial vehicles rose 18%, which reflected the popularity across the country. Buyers acquired more than 4,400 new units from this segment. MIA CEO David Crawford said that net immigration, competitive prices, low-interest, and a strong currency helped in driving growth. This trend should continue in the near future, according to Crawford.
Kiwis have shown a penchant for versatile cars as evidenced by sales of commercial vehicles. Passenger cars, however, continue to fall out of favour among a majority of drivers. Do you think an SUV is better than a sedan?