New Zealand’s new-vehicle sales rise 7% year-on-year in January to 9,293 units, a result influenced by year-ago supply shortages, the Motor Industry Assn. reports. Commercial-vehicle deliveries jumped 61.4% to 1,908 units which, as with cars, reflected a prior-year shortage of utility vehicles on dealer lots after massive floods in Thailand in late 2011. Car sales eased 1.5% to 7,385 units, only the fourth time since 1975 the January total topped 7,000. That mark was reached in ...

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