Our favourite cars

Japanese-manufactured cars dominate motor vehicle ownership in New Zealand.

The following lists the top 20 models of new car purchased in 2008:

1. Toyota Corolla 6,648
2. Holden Commodore 4,160
3. Suzuki Swift 3,453
4. Ford Falcon 2,987
5. Mazda Mazda6 2,173
6. Ford Focus 2,032
7. Toyota Camry 2,017
8. Honda Jazz 1,985
9. Mazda Mazda3 1,928
10. Ford Mondeo 1,776
11. Honda Accord 1,667
12. Mazda Mazda2 1,446
13. Mitsubishi Outlander 1,368
14. Toyota Yaris 1,362
15. Toyota RAV4 1,269
16. Suzuki Sx4 1,216
17. Honda Civic 1,214
18. Daihatsu Sirion 1,131
19. Hyundai Getz 1,073
20. Mitsubishi Lancer 1,018

Overall, 67% of all new vehicles sold in New Zealand are imported from Japan. The second largest exporter of cars to New Zealand is Australia (7%) while the United Kingdom provides 1.4%.

Of second hand registrations, 94.7% of vehicles are imported from Japan, followed by Australia (0.9%) and the UK (0.6%).

See also Driving in New Zealand and Favourite Car Colours.