WELLINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- New car sales in New Zealand were at their highest in almost three decades last month, the country's Motor Industry Association (MIA) announced Tuesday.
August saw 9,430 new vehicle registrations, while 73,279 vehicles were registered in the year to date, said MIA chief executive David Crawford.
"With the year to date new vehicle registrations running 10.7 percent ahead of this time in 2012, the new car sector continues to perform at levels last seen in the 1980s," Crawford said in a statement.
Last month, 2,602 new commercial vehicles were registered, the highest monthly total since August 1984 and a rise of 17.4 percent on August last year, while 6,828 new passenger vehicles were registered, the strongest August sales since 1987 and up 14.5 percent year on year.
In the year to date, Toyota was the market leader with 19.3 percent of market share, followed by Ford on 10.9 percent and Holden on 10.2 percent.