New Zealand’s passenger-car market starts the year strongly with the second-highest monthly sales since record-keeping began in 1975. The Motor Industry Assn. says January deliveries totaled 7,499 units for the best monthly total since 2008 and up 20.7% from 6,210 prior-year. Commercial-vehicle sales, still feeling the impact of stock shortages resulting from last fall’s Thailand floods, fell 10% to 1,182 units from 1,313 a year earlier. “The new-vehicle industry ...

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