WELLINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sales of new vehicles in New Zealand last month indicated growing economic confidence, the country's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said Wednesday, releasing figures showing some of the highest September sales in more than 30 years.
New vehicle sales hit 10,071 last month, while sales in the year to the end of September numbered 83,343, according to MIA figures.
"In the month of September new commercial vehicle registrations were 2,799, the highest September new commercial registrations since the MIA began collecting records in 1981," MIA chief executive officer David Crawford said in a statement.
New commercial sales last month were up 36 percent from September last year, while sales to the end of September were 22, 754, a rise of 25.7 percent over the same period in 2012.
Passenger car sales numbered 60,589 in the year to date, up 6.5 percent on the same period last year, with 7,272 new cars sold last month, up from 6,637 in September last year.
Crawford said the September registrations of 10,070 new vehicles confirmed what many economists had been saying: that economic confidence was growing.
Toyota was the market leader for the month of September with 22 percent of sales, followed by Ford on 11.2 percent and Holden on 9. 1 percent.