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Electric vehicles and SUVs face off as Kiwis choose a dream car
Thu, 11th Jan 2018
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Driveline, a specialist vehicle leasing and finance company, has released its list of the vehicles Kiwis want in 2018, giving insight into what Kiwis' next purchases could be, and it seems larger vehicles will continue to rule the marketplace this year.

Driveline CEO Lance Manins says, “Kiwis certainly have plenty of choices when it comes to deciding what wheels they use to get around our beautiful country in, but it seems they can't go past solid SUVs and practical utes.

SUVs and utes proved top sellers in the past few years when it came to new vehicle registrations.

The Ford Ranger topped the list in both 2016 and 2017, making it New Zealand's number one selling new model vehicle for two years running and Driveline predicts this trend will continue in 2018.

Manins continues, “Utes dominated vehicle purchases last year and we expect to see much of the same pattern as we accelerate into 2018.

“While us Kiwis love practical crossover vehicles as they play a versatile role in our dynamic outdoorsy lifestyles, we also place huge importance on comfort, luxury, safety and reliability.

Recent times have brought about game-changing developments in the local automobile industry with the highly-anticipated Tesla arriving on our shores.

There are now over 6,000 electric vehicles (EVs) driving on New Zealand roads. This trend is set to continue, with Driveline attracting interest from New Zealand businesses keen to add electric vehicles to their corporate fleet.

The increase in EVs is a sign of things to come, with the Ministry of Transport predicting that electric vehicles will make up 40% of our national fleet by 2040.

Leading car manufacturers such as Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and BMW are also set to launch electric SUVs in the near future, an exciting move for motoring enthusiasts.

Manins says, “We are spoiled for choice with automobile design and functionality constantly evolving and improving their offerings.

“However, finding the most suitable vehicle is all about choosing one that suits your lifestyle and budget.