Registrations of vehicles up

Maui saw a 12.1 percent increase in the number of new vehicle registrations in the first six months of this year, according to a Hawaii Auto Outlook released by the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association.

The number of new vehicles registered from January to June on Maui was 2,562, or 277 more than in the same period of 2012, the outlook said.

Hawaii island saw the largest percentage increase, 16 percent, among the four local markets in the state. Its number of new vehicle registrations rose by 348 from 2,169 to 2,517. Kauai’s 15.6 percent increase was slightly behind the Big Island’s, but the Garden Isle’s number of vehicles was far fewer – from 859 registered in the first half of 2012 to 993 in the same period this year.

Densely populated Oahu topped all new vehicle markets, with consumers registering 17,904 vehicles in the first half of this year, up 13.1 percent from the 15,827 vehicles put on the road in the same period in 2012.

Maui’s light truck market share rose 2 percentage points from 55.1 percent in 2012 to 57.1 percent this year. The Valley Isle’s “Detroit Three” (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) market share edged up 1 percentage point from 20.6 to 21.6 percent.

The Valley Isle’s top-selling brands were listed as Toyota, 27 percent; Nissan, 15.8 percent; Ford, 14.4 percent; and Honda, 12.4 percent. Other brands combined to make up the rest.

Statewide, the number of new registered vehicles increased 13.4 percent from 21,140 to 23,976 in the first halves of 2012 and 2013.