Top 10 New Vehicles May 2021

New passenger car and commercial vehicle registrations picked up again in May 2021 (the second highest monthly registrations so far this year) [1]. Toyota was the top new vehicle make added to the NZ fleet for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. This blog lists the top 10 new vehicles added to the NZ national fleet in May 2021 and compares them to the previous months.

Top 10 new passenger cars in May 2021

Toyota remained in the top of the table for new passenger cars in May, having been there last month too. Toyota remains New Zealand’s most beloved and trusted passenger car. Mitsubishi remained in second position in the list. Honda and Subaru are new entrants in the top 10 list for passenger cars. Hyundai dropped two positions in the table to number 8. Volkswagen saw a 51.5% jump in registrations compared to April and jumped two positions in the table to number 6 on the list. Toyota continuously tops the list of most new car registrations by make and therefore can be regarded as the most popular car in NZ. But for other vehicle types in the list, quarterly registration numbers rather than monthly registrations more accurately reflects their popularity.
Top 10 new cars registered by make in May 2021. A new car is classified as an import vehicle that has never been used. A table entry with a dash indicates that the vehicle was not in the top 10 list in the past month. Count and position changes are relative to April data.
Make Count Count Change Position Change
TOYOTA 1359 99 (7.9%) 0
MITSUBISHI 1183 -4 (-0.3%) 0
KIA 1016 -74 (-6.8%) 0
SUZUKI 772 119 (18.2%) 0
MAZDA 734 116 (18.8%) 0
VOLKSWAGEN 562 191 (51.5%) 2
NISSAN 497 53 (11.9%) 0
HYUNDAI 480 -73 (-13.2%) -2
HONDA 383
SUBARU 362

Top 10 new commercial vehicles in May 2021

Toyota took back the top position in the table for new commercial vehicle registations in May. Ford dropped to second position, with a decrease of 19.8% in new registrations. ISUZU dropped 2 positions to number 6 on the list. LDV had the biggest change (64%) and climbed two positions to number 5 on the list of most popular commercial vehicles.
Top 10 new commercial vehicles registered by make in May 2021. A new vehicle is classified as an import vehicle that has never been used. A table entry with a dash indicates that the vehicle was not in the top 10 list in the past month. Count and position changes are relative to previous month’s (April) data.
Make Count Count Change Position Change
TOYOTA 1029 54 (5.5%) 1
FORD 932 -230 (-19.8%) -1
MITSUBISHI 538 136 (33.8%) 0
NISSAN 339 101 (42.4%) 1
LDV 292 114 (64.0%) 2
ISUZU 287 20 (7.5%) -2
MAZDA 168 -35 (-17.2%) -1
GREAT WALL 162 31 (23.7%) 1
HYUNDAI 139 7 (5.3%) -1
VOLKSWAGEN 96 9 (10.3%) 0

All new vehicles added in May 2021

In May 2021 10012 new cars and 11260 used cars were added to the New Zealand fleet. May saw the most used cars registered so far this year. In the same month 4540 new and 613 used commercial vehicles were added to the New Zealand fleet. New commercial vehicles made up 88.1% of the total new commercial vehicle registrations. May 2021 (26425 total registrations including both passenger and commerical vehicles) is only second to March 2021 (27141 total registrations) this year.
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