MotorCo Note Last Year was a Record for New Vehicle Registrations


Rising demand for hybrid and electric vehicles helped drive a record number of new vehicle registrations last year, and MotorCo also reported a big rise in demand for new and used electric and hybrid cars. 

There were 165,287 registrations in 2021 – up 38.3 per cent on 2020, figures from the Motor Industry Association show. The 2021 number beat out the previous strongest year in 2018 in which there were 161,519 registrations. 

David Crawford, Motor Industry Association chief executive, said the strongest December on record solidified 2021 as the strongest year for passenger and SUVs, second strongest for commercials and strongest year ever overall. “For 2022 the order book remains strong, with long wait lists for popular models.” 

Crawford said demand for vehicles with some form of electrification grew strongly in 2021. Its records show 6899 battery electric vehicles were registered compared to 1554 in 2020, while plug-in hybrid electric vehicle registrations rose from 756 to 2461 and demand for non-plug-in hybrids rose from 8667 to 13,794. 

In July last year the Government introduced taxpayer-funded rebates of $8625 for a new electric car and $5750 for a plug-in hybrid car. Small to medium segments comprised 56 per cent of sales for the year, and for the month of December, the top segments were SUV medium with 19 per cent market share, followed by SUV compact with 17 per cent market share and Pick Up/Chassis Cab 4×4 with 16 per cent share. 

MotorCo deliver full quality Japanese import cars in the Auckland area, and all their imported vehicles have been thoroughly inspected to the highest standard to ensure you get a car with optimal performance. 

To view MotorCo’s range of hybrids, you can book an appointment by contacting them today or check out their website. MotorCo also provides a range of services such as pre-approved car finance to assist anyone who needs help in buying a car, so for more information on Mazda CX 5 and cars NZ please go to . 


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