New Zealand new-vehicle sales declined for the first time in five years in 2006, falling 3.3% to 99,844 units from 2005’s record 103,231 deliveries. “After five years of solid growth in new-vehicle sales, a leveling out was inevitable,” says Motor Industry Assn. CEO Perry Kerr. “We’re expecting 2007 to produce a similar level of sales to 2006.” For the year, new-car sales totaled 60,552 units, down from 2005’s 61,900. SUV sales were 15,575 units and light-commercial deliveries reached ...

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