New Zealand’s new-vehicle sales in 2004 achieved their strongest performance in 15 years. Preliminary results show sales rose 7.4% to 98,812 units over like-2003. Despite a marginal slip in December vs. year-ago, the best annual result since 1989 saw 74,775 new cars and 24,037 commercial vehicles sold last year. (See related story: New Zealand Remains on Track for Best Year Since 1989) “Although we didn’t quite get to the magic 100,000, it was nevertheless an excellent year for the ...

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