Top-selling vehicles of 2022 revealed

So which vehicle came out on top?
So which vehicle came out on top?

The Motor Industry Association has revealed the most sought-after vehicles for 2022 - and it appears Kiwis have a growing interest in electrified vehicles.

Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford said vehicles sold with some form of electrification grew 77 percent compared to 2021. 

In 2021, 23,173 units of electrified vehicles were sold, compared to 41,103 in 2022 - an increase of 17,930. 

Crawford said the new vehicle market came in 490 units below the year 2021, "making it the second-highest year on record".

He said the results are "outstanding" given rising interest rates, inflation and a challenging business environment. 

But Crawford added the 2023 outlook for the industry is expected to be "softer" with businesses and Kiwis predicted to reign in their spending.

Which vehicle came on top? 

Despite the Government's clean car initiatives to lure Kiwis away from higher-emitting fossil fuel vehicles, two utes led the popularity parade. 

The Ford Ranger took the title comfortably with 11,577 registrations, while the Toyota Hilux came second with 9787 registrations. 

Closely following behind the Hilux, the Mitsubishi Outlander came third with 9104 registrations. 

Runner ups

Mitsubishi Triton - 6126 registrations 

Toyota RAV4 - 5863 registrations 

Tesla Model Y - 4226 registrations

Suzuki Swift - 3932 registrations 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - 3657 registrations 

MG ZS - 3377 registrations 

Mitsubishi ASX - 3372 registrations