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The average age of New Zealand’s light passenger vehicle fleet has increased from 11.7 years in 2000 to 14.4 years in 2017, which is older than that in the United States (11.6 years for cars and light trucks in 2016)1, Australia (10.1 years for all vehicles in 2016)2, Canada (9.3 years for light vehicles in 2014)3, and Europe (7.4 years for passenger cars in 2014).4

(1)  http://news.ihsmarkit.com/press-release/automotive/vehicles-getting-older-average-age-light-cars-and-trucks-us-rises-again-201

(2) www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/9309.0

(3) www.aiacanada.com/what-we-do/market-research/ 

(4) www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/average-age-of-the-vehicle-fleet/average-age-of-the-vehicle-8

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Further Related Statistics:

RD026 Average Vehicle Fleet Age by Region (Years)

 Core dashboard information


Vehicle fleet age (light passenger, light commercial, heavy trucks, motorcycles, buses). Light commercial is defined by vehicle type (truck under 3.5 tonnes, van, ute) rather than usage.

Nature of data

Primary source

NZ Transport Agency, Motor Vehicle Register

Custodian of data

NZ Vehicle fleet statistics (Ministry of Transport)

URL https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Documents/Fleet-reports/NZ-Vehicle-Fleet-Graphs-2016-web3.xlsx, annual fleet report spreadsheet tab "2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4"
Frequency Annual
Disaggregation By vehicle type. For definitions of the vehicle types used, see https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Vehicle-Type-Categorisation-20180725.pdf
Quality of the data Reliable
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