The secret of suvs’ success _ stuff. co. nz

In 2016, 21,472 new medium-sized SUVs were registered in New Zealand.

That represented 15 per cent of the entire vehicle market, and was ahead of the 13 per cent achieved by small cars, and the 12 per cent achieved both by utes and large SUVs.

All the remaining vehicle categories were left trailing in the wake of the growing popularity of medium-sized SUVs. Salmon pasta bake recipe The trend is continuing this year, and is expected to accelerate further as some significant new product enters the market.

But is it as it seems? Are thousands of New Zealand motorists pouring into dealerships and desperately buying up the medium-sized SUVs?

* Utes are Kiwis’ favourite vehicles, and there are more on the way

* New SUVs bringing excitement to the large end of the market

Yes, they are the most popular vehicle type for both fleet and private use.

But no, because it is the rental car business that is responsible for many of the sales.

Take New Zealand’s most popular SUV, the Toyota RAV4, as a prime example. Salmon pasta recipe jamie oliver Last year 3612 of them were registered as new vehicles, which placed the model second only to the Toyota Corolla as the biggest-selling passenger vehicle in the country. Salmon pesto pasta recipe But of that total, 1593 of the RAV4 sales were to rental companies.

Of course a vehicle sale is a vehicle sale, whether it is to a rental company or a family. Salmon quiche recipe jamie oliver But the rental business, which is at an all-time high right now as tourism experiences boom times, does skew the registration figures.

Last year the top-selling medium-sized SUVs were, in order, the RAV4, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and Holden Captiva. Salmon recipes jamie oliver But if the rental business was factored out of the sales equation, the order of popularity would be Sportage, CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander dead-heated in fourth place.

The RAV4 deserves to be at the top of the tree. Salmon recipes pan fried The model can lay claim to being the original compact SUV, developed 23 years ago off the platform of the Corona sedan. Salmon recipes pan seared These days it is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, 2WD and AWD, and a variety of specification levels.

The RAV4 first arrived in New Zealand in 1995, and is now in its fourth generation. Salmon risotto recipe jamie oliver It has been the top-selling SUV eight times since 2001, including the last four consecutive years, and has been second on the sales list eight times. Salmon steak recipe oven Little wonder then that late last year Toyota NZ produced 100 limited-edition “Edition 21” versions to celebrate the vehicle’s 21 years on the Kiwi market.

You can choose whether the Kia Sportage deserves to be running second in the Medium SUV sales race, or in first place sans the rental business. Simple baked salmon recipes It doesn’t really matter. Simple healthy salmon recipes What does matter is that this SUV was last year considered good enough to be one of the finalists for the 2016 NZ Car of the Year award.

In 2016 it was also good enough to become the first Korean vehicle to top the monthly passenger vehicle sales list in New Zealand. Smoked salmon pasta recipe jamie oliver This year it continues to sell well, even though there are some supply constraints.

One of the big changes in the Medium SUV segment this year will involve what since 2012 has been one of the most popular vehicles – the Mazda CX-5. Smoked salmon pasta recipes A brand-new model is scheduled for launch here in May, and this will obviously boost the sales potential of what is already Mazda’s most popular model in New Zealand.

It will be exactly the same size as now, but it will feature a sharper interpretation of the brand’s Kodo styling themes, just like the larger CX-9. Sockeye salmon recipe pan seared It will also have a classy new cabin, replacing the slightly downbeat interior architecture of the outgoing model. The best salmon recipe Powertrains will be carried over, although the CX-5 will feature updated driver-assistance and safety technology.

Hyundai’s Tucson is another model that is doing well, including substantial sales to the rental market. The best salmon recipe ever This is the vehicle that used to top the Small SUV segment as the ix35, but the new Tucson grew in size so had to officially be considered a Medium SUV. Baked king salmon recipe It says a lot about the quality of the vehicle is that it remains fully competitive against the bigger boys.

A new model – well, new name anyway – is the Ford Escape, which is the SUV that up until late last year we knew as Kuga. The vehicle has been substantially facelifted, which was the perfect opportunity for it to line up with Ford’s global naming strategy and change its moniker to Escape. Baked salmon recipe soy sauce One special feature of the Escape is that a high-end 2WD Trend model is being offered to meet increasing demand for that form of medium-sized SUV.

Nissan’s X-Trail continues to be a very popular SUV and is selling well despite continuing to suffer from supply constraints. Baked salmon recipe with mayonnaise It has just been facelifted, with cosmetic and specification changes, and these models will enter the New Zealand market during April. Baked salmon recipes simple It’s close relative is the Renault Koleos, a brand-new version of which was launched late last year.

This vehicle has some unusual design touches including chrome bars that run along the sides of the front guards. Baked whole salmon recipes simple All models are powered by the same 2.5-litre engine that uis under the bonnet of the X-Trail.

Honda’s representative is the CRV which is another Japanese vehicle with a lengthy pedigree in the medium SUV segment, and Subaru has the Forester, the SUV built on the Impreza platform and which consistently rates as one of the very best SUVs on the market.

Jeep has the Cherokee, which thanks to the fact it can be purchased with a Pentastar V6 engine, is one of the most powerful medium SUVs. Baked wild salmon recipes And Indian brand Mahindra has the XUV. Best baked salmon recipe From China from July there will be the Haval H6, one of up to five different SUVs that the brand wants to be sold in New Zealand.

At this stage Mitsubishi is represented by one model – the Outlander – which can be purchased as a more conventional SUV or as a plug-in electric hybrid. Best baked salmon recipe ever The vehicle is doing well, too – it was Mitsubishi’s bigger seller last year with 2019 sales, and is performing even better this year even though it is being shaded by the smaller ASX.

Later in the year the Outlander will be joined by another medium-sized SUV – the Eclipse, which is being revealed right now at the Geneva Motor Show and will arrive in New Zealand before the end of the year. Best baked salmon recipe in the world This vehicle will sit in between the ASX and the Outlander in the Mitsubishi SUV fleet.

Within in the medium SUV segment there is a category catering for vehicles priced more than $60,000 – and this is where all the medium-sized luxury product lives.

The top-selling vehicle here is the Mercedes-Benz GLC which is now available in wagon and coupe styles and as a stonking AMG 43, followed by the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Porsche Macan, BMW X3, and Audi Q5. Best canned salmon recipes The Volvo XC60 is also a popular vehicle.

There are also a pair of very good Lexus models in the category, the NX200T and the NX300h hybrid, and a recent entry is the Jaguar F-Pace – which we at Stuff judged to be the year’s top luxury SUV. Best easy salmon recipe This is Jaguar’s first SUV, and the good news is that it retains all the sporting nature of its more conventional sedan models.

Japanese premium brand Infiniti has entered this market segment with a sports coupe called QX70, which is available with GT, Premium and Design levels of specification, all the vehicles powered by the same 175kW V6 turbo diesel.

A big arrival mid-year will be a brand-new Land Rover Discovery – its local launch has been timed to coincide with the Lions rugby tour of New Zealand. Best ever salmon recipe Built for the first time on a monocoque rather than ladder-frame chassis, the new Disco will be available with three levels of specification, and all models will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel.

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