The stunning Mazda CX-5 finished the year the way it began, as the top selling small SUV in the non-rental market and helped give Mazda New Zealand one of its best years on record.
This came on the back of the automotive industry having its best year since 1984 with sales of 113,295 which Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand says was a lot stronger than many in the industry predicated at the start of the year.
“Sales got stronger as the year progressed and we certainly experienced that across the Mazda line up. It shows that buyer confidence is back and all indications suggest that this will continue through into 2014.”
Mazda achieved a total of 7,109 new vehicle sales in 2013 which resulted in growth of 12.6 percent year on year and a new record for the company in passenger sales.
The Mazda CX-5, winner of the 2013 AA/Motoring Writers Guild Best in Class Small/Medium SUV, was the star along with the current model Mazda3. The all-new Mazda6 launched earlier in the year was also a stand out securing top spot in the mid size segment (excluding sales to rental car companies).
The all-new Mazda6 also picked up an array of awards in 2014 including the NBR (Business Car of the Year), the New Zealand Autocar (Medium / Large Car of the Year) the AA Motor Writers Guild (Best in Class – Medium) and New Zealand Herald (Large Car of the Year).
“The Mazda6 is a fantastic vehicle and it was great to see it receive the recognition and kudos it deserves from the motoring writers in New Zealand. We are confident the launch the all-new Mazda3 in March will generate even more interest and help deliver Mazda New Zealand another stellar year,” concluded Clearwater.