Eight out of the ten top-selling passenger vehicles are now utes or SUVs, with two-thirds registered for personal use.
"This is America, I don't need any other reason than 'I want one'," one ute owner said.
"We are conscious of the impact this is having on vehicle owners," Waka Kotahi said.
Several owners have expressed distress at facing months of delay and thousands of dollars of bills.
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It's the latest in a series of public transport unveilings - with new roads kicked to the curb.
The ferries are not performing "at the level we would expect", says Auckland Transport.
Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train "levitates" above the track with no contact between body and rail.
A person onboard has told Newshub half of the train has been left behind.