New Zealand: car industry 2012 Outlook.

April 2012 confirmed the positive car market trend with 6.884 light passengers sold, up 22.7% from last year. The year to date volume was 30.751, up 10.7%. The April increase was explained by the low level performed in April 2011, as consequence of the impact of the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami

New Zealand economy is not showing progresses, with still high inflation, high interest rates, low consumer demand and low GDP growth (around 1% forecast for 2012) in spite of high National Budget deficit. The high value of national currently will not help exports.

Passenger vehicles medium terms outlook is between negative and flat. The consumer demand, already at low level, will be further reduced by the low availability and high cost of car loans.

The +10% market growth posted in first third of the year is explained by the recovered full products supply and by the comparison with a weak 2011 start.

For the next months, focus2move projects again a positive trend for the next 2/3 months, before start declining during August/September. However the full year 2012 is projected at 90.000 units, up 4% on previous year.

The market leader is Toyota, with a year to date April market share of 19.1%, with Corolla and Hilux very popular in the country.

Ford is the second brand, with a share of 10.5%, followed by Hyundai at 9.2% slightly ahead of Holden (9.0%). Behind other Japanese Brands: Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki and Mitsubishi. The first European is Volkswagen in 9th position with a market share of 4.1%.

Luxury segment leader is Bmw, with 1.9% market share. The first Chinese brand is Great Wall in 17th position with 1.0% market share.

In the table below, the Top 20 brands ranking:

Rank

Brand

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

Ytd Apr

APR

Ytd Apr

1

Toyota

1977

1173

1509

1205

5864

17,5%

19,1%

2

Ford

842

761

801

825

3229

12,0%

10,5%

3

Hyundai

840

675

719

582

2816

8,5%

9,2%

4

Holden

847

636

700

570

2753

8,3%

9,0%

5

Mazda

556

485

595

537

2173

7,8%

7,1%

6

Nissan

475

453

621

460

2009

6,7%

6,5%

7

Suzuki

576

505

405

421

1907

6,1%

6,2%

8

Mitsubishi

354

405

647

371

1777

5,4%

5,8%

9

Volkswagen

337

318

354

264

1273

3,8%

4,1%

10

Kia

248

233

307

225

1013

3,3%

3,3%

11

Honda

154

181

195

311

841

4,5%

2,7%

12

Subaru

144

107

188

146

585

2,1%

1,9%

13

BMW

174

130

152

121

577

1,8%

1,9%

14

Audi

114

125

155

118

512

1,7%

1,7%

15

Mercedes

98

83

148

120

449

1,7%

1,5%

16

Peugeot

71

88

81

72

312

1,0%

1,0%

17

Great Wall

63

64

105

77

309

1,1%

1,0%

18

Dodge

93

70

46

33

242

0,5%

0,8%

19

Isuzu

55

61

69

57

242

0,8%

0,8%

20

Skoda

55

41

53

50

199

0,7%

0,6%

Looking at single models, the list is leaded by Toyota Corolla, purchased by 1.506 customers in the first four months of the year, with a market share of 4.9%. It is followed by Suzuki Swift, with 1.169 units and 3.8% market share. Third is the Toyota Hilux, leader of LCV segment, with 898 sales and 2.9% market share.

In April the all new Mazda CX5 was the third best selling model with 179 units and 2.6% market share. A real good start!

In the table below, the Top 20 models ranked for year to date April position:

Rank

Model

Apr

Ytd Apr

Apr

Ytd Apr

2011 Ranking

1

Toyota Corolla

218

1506

3,2%

4,9%

1

2

Suzuki Swift

228

1169

3,3%

3,8%

2

3

Toyota Hilux

278

898

4,0%

2,9%

3

4

Hyundai i30

126

853

1,8%

2,8%

4

5

Toyota Yaris

164

812

2,4%

2,6%

n/a

6

Nissan Navara

214

789

3,1%

2,6%

6

7

Holden Cruze

105

763

1,5%

2,5%

4

8

Holden Commodore

176

760

2,6%

2,5%

6

9

Holden Captiva

159

711

2,3%

2,3%

9

10

Ford Ranger

279

693

4,1%

2,3%

8

11

Toyota Hiace

130

610

1,9%

2,0%

10

12

Honda Civic

154

587

2,2%

1,9%

n/a

13

Hyundai Santa Fe

145

567

2,1%

1,8%

n/a

14

Mitsubishi Lancer

126

543

1,8%

1,8%

n/a

15

Ford Mondeo

108

522

1,6%

1,7%

11

16

Toyota Camry

82

502

1,2%

1,6%

n/a

17

Mazda3

94

489

1,4%

1,6%

8

18

Ford Territory

126

471

1,8%

1,5%

13

19

Ford Fiesta

97

443

1,4%

1,4%

n/a

20

Toyota RAV4

93

398

1,4%

1,3%

n/a

Model ranking elaborated over www.bestsellingcarsblog.com data.

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