Back in January, we ran an article where we predicted which cars would make the Top 10 best selling cars list in 2017.
Based on the sales statistics by the Motor Industry Association, here’s what the YTD 2017 list looks like.
- Ford Ranger (4,976 units sold)
- Toyota Hilux (4,065 units)
- Holden Colorado (2,384 units)
- Toyota Corolla (2,334 units)
- Mitsubishi Triton (2,130 units)
- Toyota Rav4 (2,002 units)
- Kia Sportage (1,814 units)
- Nissan Navara (1,705 units)
- Mazda CX-5 (1,562 units)
- Toyota Hiace (1,549 units)
Here were our predictions in no particular order.
- Ford Ranger
- Toyota Hilux
- Toyota Corolla
- Holden Colorado
- Kia Sportage
- Toyota Rav4
- LDV G10
- Mazda CX-5
- Mitsubishi Triton
- Nisan Navara
With the exception of the LDV G10 (which has finished well behind the Toyota Hiace in overall sales) we were pretty spot on.
Here are some of the big takeaways which the full list offers.
- Records continue to fall. YTD sales are at 79,229 (up from 69,134 in 2016).
- Is there any stopping the Ford Ranger? More Rangers have been sold so far this year than the Toyota Corolla, Suzuki Swift and Holden Commodore combined.
- Utes and SUV continue their dominance. 8 of the 10 cars are Utes or SUVs, which reflects the changing demand in the car market. If the list included the top 20 cars, that number would rise to 16.
- The Toyota Hiace is New Zealand’s van of choice. In fact, it’s the only van in the top 20 best selling vehicles as well.
- People’s expectations are changing. The move towards bigger vehicles like SUVs and Utes reflect that.