February 2022 was the highest February on record for new car sales in NZ. BayBuzz heard this week that new car sales in Hastings were up 45% last month over the previous year.
And electrified vehicles – both battery electric (BEV) and hybrids (PHEV and HEV) – are helping set the pace, accounting for 21% of total sales YTD. And this is before the Government’s Clean Car rebates kicked in on 1 April.
NZ’s top ten selling electrified vehicles so far for 2022, listed here, account for 1,984 sales.
Tesla Model 3 BEV 352
Honda Jazz e HEV 291
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV 274
Toyota RAV4 hybrid HEV 264
Toyota Yaris hybrid HEV 213
Toyota Corolla hybrid HEV 166
Hyundai Kona Electric II BEV 132
MG HS +EV PHEV 110
Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid HEV 97
Hyundai Ioniq 5 BEV 85
Utes continue to lead overall new vehicle sales, but as BayBuzz has trumpeted, wait until the Ford F-150 Lightning gets here! Beats the petrol (to say nothing of diesel) utes in every performance measure. Farmers and tradespeople will love them (Ford already sells the most utes), cutting down their fuel costs getting to the next anti-Government protest rally!