The usual uncertainty over New Zealand’s general election failed to slow new-vehicle sales, with August deliveries up 3.0% at 13,063 units. The Motor Industry Assn. says this left year-to-date sales up 11.3% at 103,771 units. CEO David Crawford says it’s earliest in the year the total has topped 100,000 units. “By way of comparison, at the height of the global financial crisis in 2009 there were only 45,384 vehicles sold to the end of August,” he says in a ...

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