Ranger leads strongest February commercial sales yet

Ranger leads strongest February commercial sales yet

February sales of 3121 commercial vehicles are the highest yet on record according to the Motor Vehicle Industry Association.

The Ford Ranger retained its position as the monthly top-selling commercial model for February with 19% market share (582 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux with 14% (444 units) and the Mitsubishi Triton with 9% market share (289 units).

Year to date the Ford Ranger maintains a lead over the Toyota Hilux with 1,243 registrations (20%) for the Ranger and 744 (12%) for the Hilux.

A total of 10,313 new vehicle registrations during February eclipsed the past strongest February back in 1984, the only other time more than 10,000 registrations for the month of February were recorded.

February 2016 registrations were 436 (4.4%) units ahead of February 2015, made up of 7,192 passenger vehicles and 3,121 commercials.

Compared to February 2015, registrations of light commercial vehicles were strongly up by 10.6% (300 units).

Ford was the light commercial market leader for the month of February with 21% market share (662 units), followed by Toyota also with 21% (644 units) and Mitsubishi third with 9% market share (288 units).

The MIA has also separated the Pick Up/Chassis Cab into 4×2 and 4×4 segments as well. The SUV medium segment along with the Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4×4 segments took 13% each of the markets in February, followed by the small passenger car segment with 12% share.

“Strong net immigration, a healthy tourism sector, and a competitive market are helping to drive new vehicle sales which are already year to date 3% (662 units) ahead of this time last year,” says MIA chief executive officer David Crawford.

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