The Toyota Corolla has taken back the number one sales spot on the NZ national sales charts, both for the month of September and year to date. The Corolla has faced stiff competition this year from the new 2011 Suzuki Swift and the pair have dueled it out for total sales supremacy.
Official data for the month of September shows Corolla outsold all other passenger and commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s Hilux ute took a strong second place. It was a very strong month for Toyota with four vehicles in the sales top 10 – the others being the Highlander SUV and the Hiace van.
Steve Prangnell, general manager Sales and Operations, said the sales figures reflect the full recovery of Toyota’s international supply chain, which slowed for several months after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. “To have Hilux at the top of the overall year to date table, and Corolla a strong second, is incredibly pleasing. It shows Kiwis trust the Toyota brand and keep turning to the vehicles they know and love.”
Steve Prangnell says Toyota is slowly clawing back its traditional lead in the passenger segment, with the gap extending from 3.7 per cent at the end of August, to almost 6 per cent at the end of September. “This is below what we’re used to, due to the supply problems earlier in the year, but the key is that we are recovering, and recovering strongly. We expect to see this gap continue to grow as the year comes to a close.”
In the nine months to the end of September, Toyota has sold about 5,800 more vehicles than its nearest rival.